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Book Ends in Wadena, MN

Please join me at Book Ends, a monthly meet-the-author event in Wadena, Minnesota, on December 9th, 2017, where I'll discuss the writing of South Pole Station and talk books, Pole etiquette, and the horrors of the Moosewood Carrot-Mushroom Loaf. 

Book Ends is a monthly program connecting writers with readers. On second Saturdays, Open Book bookstore invites an author to be interviewed, read a short portion of his/her book, answer questions from the floor, and autograph/sell books. The fun begins at the store at 11am on Saturday, December 9th!

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2:00 PM14:00

Free Publishing Seminar at Hutchinson Center for the Arts

As part of the community component on the Minnesota State Arts Board grant I received this year, I will be traveling to several cities outside the Twin Cities metro area to talk about publishing, writing, and the vagaries of the literary life (which makes it sound far more glamorous than it is). One of these events will take place at the Hutchinson Center for the Arts in Hutchinson, Minnesota. This event is free, so if you're in the area, or even anywhere close, consider joining us! More information on the seminar is below.

"Publishing Confidential: A Crash Course on Agents, Queries, Proposals, and the Changing Publishing Landscape."

How do you get a literary agent? What is a slush pile and how can you get out of it? What does it take to get a book deal?

The path to publication can seem mysterious and impenetrable to aspiring writers, especially in our quickly shifting publishing landscape. Novelist and former acquisitions editor Ashley Shelby offers local writers a two-hour seminar on the ins and outs of the publishing world. Writers of all interests and skill levels are invited to participate in this free event.

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7:00 PM19:00

702WI Book Event, Madison, WI

I could not be more excited to be heading to beautiful Madison in September. This event is limited to 40 attendees, and includes snacks and surprises. I will sign books at the end of the event. An open reception will follow the event. 

There are two ticket options (ticket-only and ticket+book). You also have the option to purchase multiple tickets and multiple copies of the book. Your confirmation serves as your RSVP and your books will be available to pick up at the event.  

More information:

702WI 702 E. Johnson St., Madison, Wisconsin 53703

And here's a fun interview I did with 702WI.

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6:00 PM18:00

Shady Ladies Experience II: South Pole Station and Detroit Whiskey Factory

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! 

Or, at least, for the former Stroh's Ice Cream Factory!

For the second Shady Ladies Experience, we are hosting author Ashley Shelby inside the former Stroh's Ice Cream Factory -- now Detroit Whiskey Factory -- for an evening of dinner, conversation, tours and whiskey tastings. 

Shelby will discuss her debut novel, South Pole Station, which the Washington Post says "crackles with energy." You won't want to miss the Nailheads, Beakers and other memorable characters found at the bottom of the world. 

We can't imagine a better setting to beat the heat and think about life on the ice!

Each ticket includes:

  • Signed first edition of South Pole Station
  • Dinner & dessert
  • Tour of the Whiskey Factory
  • Private whiskey tasting 
  • Sunset book reading
  • Discussion with the author 
  • Good conversation with other Shady Ladies!
  • Plus a few surprises up our sleeve. (A Shady Lady never tells all her secrets!)

(If you buy a companion ticket, it includes everything but the book.)

**Note: Dinner is BYOB. Please bring your own bottle of wine (or other beverage) for dinner. We'll have water and iced tea for those wanting something non-alcoholic.**

Buy tickets here!

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7:00 PM19:00

Literature Lovers' Night Out

Hosted by Excelsior Bay Books
Excelsior Chamber of Commerce
37 Water St
Excelsior, MN 55331

This is a $10 ticketed event. Tickets must be purchased in advance from Excelsior Bay Books at 952-401-0932. This event typically sells out. Authors appearing include:
Eleanor Brown - THE LIGHT OF PARIS
And yours truly, Ashley Shelby - SOUTH POLE STATION

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7:00 PM19:00

South Pole Station Launch Event at Honey

Please join Ashley Shelby at NE Minneapolis mainstay Honey to celebrate the publication of South Pole Station: A Novel. Drink tickets will be available for the first thirty guests, and cocktails and Ginger Hop fare will be available for purchase. Moon Palace Books will be on hand to sell books, and Ashley will be available to sign books. Special guest: John Jodizo, author of critically acclaimed short story collection Knockout.

If you'd like to RSVP (that always helps, but isn't required), you can find the event on Facebook here.

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