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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 event or at the bookstore afterward, or have it shipped to you. 


To order a signed and personalized copy from Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque Street, in Iowa City, call 319-337-2681 or toll free at 1-800-295-BOOK.





LISTEN online to Avvy Mar's October 20 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


Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at 7:00 pm

Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St in Iowa City IA



Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 6:30 pm

The Bookworm, 90th & Center, in Omaha NE

Join Mary Helen for a reading, signing, and conversation about THE SIX-MINUTE MEMOIR: FIFTY-FIVE SHORT ESSAYS ON LIFE.


Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at  6:30 pm

Beaverdale Books, 2629 Beaver Ave in Des Moines IA

Meet the Author: book signing & conversation about THE WORLD OF PONDSIDE and THE SIX-MINUTE MEMOIR.


Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 3:30 pm

Room 204 Basile (Flaherty)

Inside Basile, follow the signs to 204 aka Flaherty.

Mount Mary University, 1330 Elmhurst Dr NE, Cedar Rapids IA

Reading & conversation with author Mary Helen Stefaniak


Thursday, November 17, 2022, 7:30-9:00

Thirsty Words

At the Fairfield Food Collective, 400 N. 2nd St in Fairfield IA


Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 4:00 p.m.

Dundee Book Company, 4915 Underwood Ave, Omaha NE

Reading, signing, & conversation about THE SIX-MINUTE MEMOIR: FIFTY-FIVE SHORT ESSAYS ON LIFE



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.


A Writing Workshop

 Saturdays, November 12 & 19, 10am-1pm CST, a writing workshop via Zoom

Offered by Gemini Ink, San Antonio's Writing Arts Center


Use prompts to write your own six-minute memoir. Capture a place, a person, a moment, or even an object, a practice, or a process plucked from your personal past, and save it from oblivion by bringing it to life on the page.  For more information or to register, use the link below


6-Minute Memoir with Mary Helen Stefaniak.


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.