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Once in a Blue Moon Lodge

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Set adrift when her mother sells the salon that has been a neighborhood institution for decades, Nora Rolvaag takes a camping trip, intending to do nothing more than roast marshmallows over an open fire and under a starry sky. Two chance encounters, however, will have enormous consequences, and her getaway turns out to be more of a retreat from her daily life than she ever imagined. But Nora is the do-or-die-trying daughter of Patty Jane, who now must embrace the House of Curl’s slogan: “Expect the Unexpected.”

With her trademark wit and warmth, Lorna Landvik follows Nora and an ever-growing cast of characters between city and wooded retreat, Minnesota and Norway, a past that’s secret and a future that’s promising, but uncertain. Responding to a mysterious letter with a Norwegian postmark, Nora’s grandmother Ione travels to her native land to tend to a dying cousin and her husband—two people who played a painful, pivotal role in her past. Nora accompanies her and is surprised by her grandmother’s long-ago love story—but even more surprised by the beginning of her own.

A book about making new beginnings out of old endings, Once in a Blue Moon Lodge invites readers to check in, set down their baggage, and spend time with the kind of people who understand that while they can’t control all that life throws at them, they can at least control how they catch it. And as anyone who has stopped in at Patty Jane’s House of Curl will tell you: you’re in for a rollicking good time with characters whose strengths, foibles, and choices will have you laughing and crying. Hankerings for coffee and gingerbread cookies may also be experienced.

Best to Laugh 

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Can’t Argue with the Title

In my twenties, I had the great good fortune to be in Hollywood, California seeking what  zillions search for in that smoggy, jasmine-scented, magical basin: a career in show biz. I lived in Petyon Hall, a Hollywood Boulevard apartment complex with an Olympic-sized pool designed by Douglas Fairbanks and tenants who’d been around when orange groves outnumbered Mercedes and BMWs.

I’d headed westward with the goal of making people laugh, via a career in stand-up comedy, which of course would lead to starring roles in movies, headlining in
Vegas and one-woman Broadway shows.  It was a fun dream.

Dreams shift though, go on diets or bulk up, and mine led me to what ultimately was most important to me:  writing.

In BEST TO LAUGH I pay homage to my time in Hollywood; to having as my neighborhood the boulevards Hollywood, Sunset and Santa Monica; to understanding that while most tinsel was tinsel, rare and shining gold did exist.

Mayor of the Universe

Reissue – September 15, 2014 from University of Minnesota Press

Lorna Landvik launches science fiction into comic territory in this tale of a Walter Mittyish dreamer exploring universal truths

Thanks for Second Chances

Writers often feel parental with their books, and when I first sent Fletcher Weschel into the world via a self-published book, I felt I sent my beloved boy out with a runny nose, scabby knees and head lice.  I had good help and advice but failed to use it.  But – as Zen Masters/S.E. Hinton have wisely said, ‘that was then and this is now!’

Fletcher, a mild-manned actuary with a wild yearning heart is so dear to me, as are the Lodge of aliens who believe in him and their shared deep and profound pursuit of fun.

Like awesome, thrilled is an overused word, but I’m thrilled and I think it’s awesome that the University of Minnesota Press has reissued MAYOR OF THE UNIVERSE in the manner in which it deserves and I hope the millions who missed this tale of fun and wonder and will discover it this time.

P.S.  Movie producers:  I am near my phone.