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Mary Helen's hometown bookstore

Books will be available for signing at in-person events. Or you can order a signed copy from the hosting bookstore. Pick it up at the bookstore or have it shipped to you. 



To order a signed and personalized copy from Prairie Lights, 15 South Dubuque Street, in Iowa City, call 319-337-2681 or toll free at 1-800-295-BOOK.  Mary Helen will come in and sign it for you.




Cocktails & Convos with Mary Helen Stefaniak

Dog-Eared Books, 203 Main St., Ames IA

Friday, October 6, 2023, at 7 PM

At Dog-Eared Books, 203 Main Street, Ames


Valerie Laken describes The Six-Minute Memoir: Fifty-Five Short Essays on Life as "A treasure trove of marvels, the sort of book you want to wave around and buy for everyone you love. These brief, beguiling essays turn ordinary moments into extraordinary delights." Fans of short essay collections, writers of creative nonfiction, and readers of every kind will love this joyful book and a night of conversation with its author, Mary Helen Stefaniak. Tickets include both the book and the night with the author. Want to bring a family member but don't need an extra copy of the book? Add a guest ticket for $10. Themed cocktails will be available for purchase at the event. 


Get your ticket here.  Can't attend? Order a signed copy here.





Join Mary Helen at In Tandem Arts & Authors Gallery, 300 Walnut St, Des Moines

Thursday, Oct 12, 2023

Meet the Author & Book Signing 4 PM

Six-Minute Memoir writing workshop 6 to 8 PM

In Tandem Arts & Authors Gallery

300 Walnut St, Des Moines IA


Copies of The Six-Minute Memoir: Fifty-Five Short Essays on Life will be available for purchase.


"Here I am, hawking my wares, at the Meg Jones Author Fest."


Mary Helen, who was born and raised in Milwaukee, joined other Wisconsin authors at the Meg Jones Author Fest in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, in August. Meg Jones was an Oak Creek resident, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Reporter, published author, and public library advocate. The Author Fest is dedicated to her memory.




LISTEN online to Avvy Mar's interview with Mary Helen Stefaniak on radio KBOO, Portland OR:


Between the Covers: Avvy Mar talks with author Mary Helen Stefaniak about The World of Pondside and The Six-Minute Memoir



Interview with Mary Helen on Lake Effect, WUWM 89.7 FM, along with a reading from The World of Pondside. The website features the interview, reading, photos and more about the novel in a story by WUWM's Chase Browning.


Link to the website & Lake Effect interview



YouTube recording of the April 21 VIRTUAL EVENT hosted by Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee

Mary Helen Stefaniak in conversation about The World of Pondside with Valerie Laken, author of Separate Kingdoms: Stories and Dream House.


Watch and listen here.





For Book Clubs, Libraries, and Other Story-loving Groups

Mary Helen Stefaniak is front and center with members of the Between the Lines Book Club of Iowa City
With the Between the Lines Book Club, Iowa City

Contact Mary Helen via this website to set up a visit--in person or online--for your book club, library, or festival.