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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.


FREE Six-Minute Memoir Writing Workshop
Tuesday, May 14, 2024, Oak Creek Public Library

Join Mary Helen on Tuesday, May 14, 5:30-7:30pm, to capture a place, a person, or an experience from your life and bring it to new life on the page. We'll read, talk, share prompts from The Six-Minute Memoir, and then we'll write, diving into our own past experiences and bringing back treasure. Registration for this FREE all-ages workshop is required. To learn more and/or to register, contact the Oak Creek Public Library by email at library@oakcreekwi.gov, call 414 766-7900, or click on the image above.


Read Hillary Mohaupt's wide-ranging interview with Mary Helen for HIPPOCAMPUS MAGAZINE. 




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.



Mary Helen Stefaniak
Jenny Robertson
Book Talk & Writing Workshop

Mary Helen and Jenny teamed up at Convergence CiderWorks in Decorah, Iowa, for an evening of reading, writing, and conversation surrounding THE SIX-MINUTE MEMOIR: FIFTY-FIVE SHORT ESSAYS ON LIFE (University of Iowa Press) and Jenny's short fiction collection, HOIST HOUSE (Cornerstone Press). The Febrruary 23 event was sponsored by the Oneota Valley Literary Foundation with support from Convergence CiderWorks. Book sales by Dragonfly Books.             



At Dog-Eared Books in Ames, guests could choose a themed cocktail to enjoy with their copy of The Six-Minute Memoir: Fifty-Five Short Essays on Life. The ingeniously concocted and delicious "Slivovitz" recalls the cowherd Mary Helen met in her grandparents' village who went door to door each morning, collecting the cows and downing a plum brandy pick-me-up in each customer's kitchen. (See "Old Country, New Country" in The Six-Minute Memoir.) Thanks to everyone at Dog-Eared Books for a lively October evening!




"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.




In Tandem Arts & Authors Gallery, 300 Walnut St, Des Moines

On Thursday, Oct 12th, Mary Helen kicked off the gallery's Grand Opening weekend with a reading and conversation about her latest book, The Six-Minute Memoir: Fifty-Five Short Essays on Life, followed by a lively writing workshop.


Signed copies of The Six-Minute Memoir--along with a variety of dazzling work by artists from Iowa and beyond--are available for purchase at In Tandem. Downtown Des Moines in the Plaza, 300 Walnut Street.




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.