Loren Niemi’s “What Haunts Us” Selected as Finalist for the 2020 Midwest Book Awards

Loren_NiemiMoonfire Publishing is pleased to announce that Loren Niemi’s first published story collection “What Haunts Us” has been selected as a finalist for the 2020 Midwest Book Awards sponsored by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MiPA) in the Fiction—Fantasy/SciFi/Horror/Paranormal category.

We offer our congratulations to Loren on his selection and invite you to check out his truly remarkable paranormal story collection. This is an evocative collection of tales he has performed on many stages, along with new explorations of mysteries which arise at the intersection of the ordinary, flicker in the imagination, and dwell in memory.

The author described the book this way; “WHAT HAUNTS US are those things we hold in memory or in feelings: people, geography, actions, philosophies and beliefs, and emotions themselves. I have lived with some of these stories for decades. Giving them the form that they deserved eventually became inevitable.”

MiPA’s Midwest Book Award program recognizes quality in independent publishing in the Midwest. The 30th annual Midwest Book Awards was open to books published and copyrighted in 2019 in MiPA’s 12-state Midwestern region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

This year’s competition garnered 221 entries in 31 categories, which were judged by a panel of 99 librarians and booksellers from every state in MiPA’s 12-state Midwestern region.

Live Your Best Knife!

GoForkCanva8x10_XsmallMoonfire Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Go Fork Ye Crooked Spoon and Let Me Live My Knife! by Sheila Marshall and Illustrated by Sarah Marie Wash.

“Nothing is more unsightly and unappetizing than a moiety of chicken with the bones chopped at all sorts of angles with splinters of bone in the meat.”

This whimsical guide to cooking and carving meats is both educational and entertaining. It is written in Shakespearean language and includes amusing quotations – and almost-quotations – from the Bard. Filled with striking illustrations that complement the instructive and sometimes irreverent text, it is a must for every kitchen that holds William Shakespeare and his works in high esteem.

Learn to cook and carve, with hearty laughs all the while!

Now available in Paperback, Amazon Kindle and Smashwords E-Book Editions.

Stories Now and Then

Moonfire author Loren Niemi will be appearing this upcoming weekend at Stories Now and Then at Open Eye Figure Theatre in Minneapolis. The theatre is located at 506 E 24th St #3732, Minneapolis MN 55404. It’s a great venue for storytelling.

Loren will be telling “Finding Gregory” on Sunday, the 22nd at 2:00 PM. Also, there’s a great lineup of storytellers all weekend ready to regale you with a wide variety of tales. Click here and scroll down the page for ticketing information and directions.

This will be a great time and an excellent show. Hope you can make it!

It Pleases the King to Perform at the Feast

“Loren Niemi is one of my life and writing heroes. If you don’t know his work, you have wasted your life. Start over and do it right this time, dumbass!”
– Mike Finley, King of St. Paul Poetry

Mike Finley joins the august troupe of performers at the celebration of Loren Niemi’s new book What Haunts Us. Free admission! 7 pm April 13, 2019. Black Forest Festaal auditorium, 1 – 26th Street East, Minneapolis, MN.

Mike Finley’s work has appeared in over 200 books, 400 magazines and periodicals, 2,000 blogs and essays, and more than 25 textbooks and anthologies, including Pushcart Prize IX. He is the 2011 winner of the KPV Kerouac Award for Writing. Mike makes his living writing in St. Paul, Minnesota. He recently made his debut as a bad singer. Kraken Press has been publishing in paper and bits since 1974.

Jim Stowell Knows What Haunts Us

Jim Stowell will be performing tonight at the Release Party for What Haunts Us.
Jim’s been called – “the area’s primer storyteller”… “the area’s most compelling storyteller”… “the best storyteller in town”… “a master at work”… “a treasure”… “a genius”…“a mix of humor, truth and passion”… “unforgettable and unnerving”… “not to be missed”… “passionate and eloquent.”

Here’s a clip from “The Things They Carried” a play based on a novel by Tim O’Brien, Adapted by Jim Stowell.

Haunt the Black Forest!

Rebecca Ramsden is one of the headliners at this event. Please join Rebecca in an evening of music and haunted tales performed by Loren Niemi at the Black Forest Inn Festaal Room on April 13th, 2019 from 7:00–8:30 pm. This event will celebrate the release of Loren’s new story collection What Haunts Us. The Black Forest Inn is located at 1 East 26th Street, Minneapolis MN, 55404.

  • Featuring Performances by Loren Niemi, Jim Stowell, Mike Finley, and Rebecca Ramsden.

  • Music by Carl Franzen and friends.

  • Special Guest Jack Zipes will offer a few words about ghost stories.
Stop by the Black Forest Inn Festaal Room on April 13th for a haunting and enchanting evening of great performances! The Facebook link for this event can be found here.