Not too long after she met her husband Ralph, author Marcy Luikart (formerly Woolf) helped him fulfill a lifelong dream of building a raft and floating down the Mississippi River.
Inspired by that journey, the former Fairfielder, now living in Santa Barbara, wrote "River Braids," the story of a former midwesterner who returns to his roots along the Mississippi River and discovers the real history behind the family story of his grandfather Joe on the 1904 Olympic rowing team. The tale weaves back and forth between the modern day and the St. Louis Worlds' Fair and Olympics of 1904.
This is Marcy's second appearance on Writers' Voices. As one of our first guests, in 2006 Marcy discussed her success with getting stories published in literary magazines. "River Braids" is her first published novel.
The Mississippi River is one of this country's most iconic features. It has played an important role in our nation's history, business, and culture. Listen into this week's Writers' Voices as Cheryl Fusco-Johnson talks with travel writer, Dean Klinkenberg. Dean has travelled 75,000 miles since 1997 along the Mississippi, researching the history and culture, talking to locals, to learn more about river towns and the people who inhabit them.
Dean's most recent book, "The Driftless Area: Along The Mississippi From Hastings, Minnesota to Lansing, Iowa", is the third installment in Dean's Mississippi Valley Traveler guides. These pocket-sized guides give the low-down on each river community, including the history, the culture, and tips on where to eat, where to sleep, and what to see.
Dean Klinkenberg will be giving a talk Friday, December 3, 6pm at Revelations Café and Bookstore.