Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Laura Ingalls Wilder, Farm Journalist Book Discussion with Stephen Hines

Update: The group discussion on the articles that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote for the Missouri Ruralist from 1911-1924, and in 1931, which have been published by editor Stephen Hines as Laura Ingalls Wilder, Farm Journalist, is now taking place on the Frontier Girl Message Board.

Anyone can read the posts but to participate in the discussion, you will need to register. You can do this by clicking on the "REGISTER" link at the top of the message board page. This discussion is located in its own sub-board entitled Laura Ingalls Wilder Farm Journalist about halfway down the page, or you can click here to go straight to it.

Stephen Hines, the editor of the book, and myself will be hosting this discussion, but all are invited to participate. This promises to be a thoughtful and interesting discussion. We look forward to seeing you there.

P.S. The Questions and Answers feature mentioned some time ago is temporarily on hold. You may continue to send your questions, and we will be answering these, but it may take a month or two before we are ready to start posting these. Thank you for your patience. :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Join Us: Online Book Discussion with Stephen Hines

Stephen Hines, author of I Remember Laura and editor of several collections of Laura's Missouri Ruralist articles, will be joining us for an ongoing book discussion of his latest publication, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Farm Journalist. The book discussion will take place on the Frontier Girl Message Board, beginning in January. More details will be given in the near future, but we wanted to give everyone advance notice so that all who wish to participate would have time to obtain a copy of the book before the discussion begins.

Laura Ingalls Wilder, Farm Journalist is the most complete published collection of Laura's writings for the Missouri Ruralist. Laura wrote regularly for the Ruralist for many years prior to writing the "Little House" books, and the articles convey a wealth of information about daily life on Rocky Ridge Farm with Almanzo, the "Man of the Place", as well as afford the reader a look into the views and opinions held by Laura during these years. Anecdotes from childhood days (some of which were later included in the "Little House" series) are an occasional treat.

Stephen Hines first collected these articles and made them available to Wilder fans everywhere with the publication of Little House in the Ozarks in 1991. Since then, several other article collections have been compiled, as well as Laura Ingalls Wilder's Fairy Poems, a collection of children's verses that Laura wrote for the San Francisco Bulletin in 1915. Hines has also published long lost works of author Louisa May Alcott, and hosts the Literary Prospector website.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to read and discuss each article with Stephen Hines himself, as well as other Wilder fans and researchers who will be participating in the discussion. If you don't own the book, it can be purchased here. Stay tuned for more information!