The Grand Center for Arts & Culture, 210 N Minnesota Street, New Ulm, Minnesota
Join Author Jill Kalz for a reading of her new book, “The Winter Bees: Fiction” and stay for a bit of Q & A, and book signing.
The Winter Bees: Fiction, by Jill Kalz
Behind each door of each small place in this collection of ten short stories, people mind their duties to keep a small town humming. The Winter Bees introduces seemingly mundane lives lived in a rural Minnesota town and reveals journeys of personal discovery, meaning, love, and hope.
Ana, the bartender, hosts Christmas parties for children and raises money for charity, all the while storing memories of her lonely past. Bachelor Herman pines for his best friend’s wife, makes messes to attract her over and clean up after him. The bookstore owner, Shirley, who neatly shelves the stacks while longing for her dead husband, surprises herself in an act of cruelty.
These intertwined stories draw readers into the everyday lives of people whose duties often mean personal restraint and heartbreak.