‘The Art of Words’ will feature word artists and their craft


Paperback and Pieces is presenting a new lunchtime series focusing on various types of writing, along with area authors who will share information about their craft. Specifically, they will share with participants their preferred genre, how they selected it (or how it selected them), how they determine the voice they use in their writing, and how they visualize their audiences as they are writing.

The interactive sessions will be held on the second Tuesday of each month, beginning on December 13. They will begin at 12:10 p.m., and end by 1 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown-bag lunch.

The first author will be playwright Lynn Nankivil. Nankivil considers herself an “almost-native of Winona,” having lived in Minneapolis and California as a child before moving to Winona more than 50 years ago. She has been interested in the theater since she was very young. She has written plays with the Playwrights’ Center and the Great American History Center in Minneapolis, and with Theatre du Mississippi and the Winona County Historical Society.

Recent Winona productions have included “East Side Story” (a Polish/German love story set right before the First World War), “Angels in the Trees” (about acclaimed artist Rockwell Kent), and two plays about the local pioneer Bunnell family (“The Hired Girl Gets Married” and “The Adventures of Layfayette Bunnell,” both performed at the historic Bunnell House in Homer).

Nankivil looks forward to answering questions about playwriting and offering suggestions to those who plan to undertake their own writing project.

Other authors scheduled to speak in this series include Brian Voerding (newspaper editor), Charlene Baumbich (novelist), Ken McCullough (poet), Lisa Gray (blogger), Jerome Christenson (columnist), and Kent Stever (memoirist).

Paperbacks and Pieces is Winona’s oldest and largest independent bookseller, in business since 1977.


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