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8-7 Book-Signing: NSU Prof Pen Pearson’s “Bloomsbury’s Late Rose”

August 7, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

DDR Books is thrilled to host nine authors with South Dakota ties for book signings this summer. Find the Calendar of Events on our website (ddrbooks.com), Twitter (@ddrbooks), Facebook (DDR Books), Instagram (DDR Books), and sign up for our email newsletter at ddrbooks@wat.midco.net.

Order your books in advance by calling us at 605.878.0418, emailing ddrbooks@wat.midco.net, or stopping in the store. Hours are M-F 9:30-5:30 & Sat 9:30-4. All events will take place at DDR Books, 7 S. Maple, Watertown.

Our next author is Northern State University Professor of American Literature and
Creative Writing Pen Pearson. She brings her new book, “Bloombury’s Late Rose,” a tender consideration of a literary talent mostly forgotten today, to DDR Books on Saturday, Aug. 7, from 1 to 2:30 pm.

“Bloomsbury’s Late Rose,” a novel that rediscovers Charlotte Mew, a brilliant but overlooked English poet of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, shows Pen Pearson is the perfect writer to tackle the job. A professor at Northern State University and an accomplished poet in her own right–her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including “New Writing” and “The Working Poet”–Pearson has captured Mew’s poetic voice and the tragic personal circumstances against which she struggled. She has also richly imagined the place and period in which Mew lived: London during the Edwardian era. “Bloomsbury’s Late Rose” has already picked up significant acclaim. Author Susan Breen writes, “This beautiful story transported me to a different era. Charlotte Mew is a haunting heroine: brave, talented and tormented. I loved her, and I loved this novel.”

Pearson, also the author of two books of poetry, was born in Sioux City, Iowa, and has lived in South Dakota her entire adult life. She earned an M.A. in English from SDSU and a Ph.D. in English from USD before taking her position at NSU in 2002. Pearson is the founder and director of “A Writer Reads,” a series that brings at least two visiting writers to Northern’s campus annually, and is an advisor to “Northern Lights,” NSU’s student literary magazine. She has received two artist grants from the South Dakota Arts Council.

                                                                    SUMMER 2021 BOOK SIGNINGS

                                                                    Sat., AUGUST 7                     1-2:30p         

                                               PEN PEARSON                     “Bloomsbury’s Late Rose”

                                                                   Sat., AUGUST 21                  1-2:30p       

              KRIS AMUNDSON              “81 Questions for Parents: Helping Your Kids Succeed in School”

Be sure to check back after each signing for the details of the next event. DDR Books kindly asks that unvaccinated patrons wear a face mask for everyone’s safety, and social distancing will be implemented. All CDC recommendations will be followed. Refreshments will be provided.


August 7, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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