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John Lamb, Published June 12 2013

Weekend Watch: Book signings abound this weekend

FARGO – We may not be close to much of a beach, but it doesn’t mean we can’t bury our heads in a good book this summer.

A handful of events this weekend in Fargo offer a tease to a diverse group of page-turners, all with local ties.

Despite publishing nine novels, nine young adult books, six short story collections, three books of nonfiction, it’s a movie that brings Merrill Joan Gerber to town.

The acclaimed author is one of the four women featured in Mary Trunk’s documentary, “Lost in Living,” and will speak after the movie shows at 7 tonight at the Fargo Theatre.

Gerber will also sign copies of her books, including the latest, “The Hysterectomy Waltz,” about a woman’s reaction to her doctor’s suggestion she has the surgery as well as how lives change after the procedure.

A different female’s story is told in “Orphan Train.” Novelist Christina Baker Kline stretches a tale from modern day Maine, back to the fictitious city of Albans and Hemingford County, Minn., circa 1930s and even further back to Ireland.

The latter is where 91-year-old Vivian Daly was born. Her life story unfolds with the help of a troubled foster child, Molly Ayer, who grows up hearing about Daly’s own ordeals riding the orphan train to the Midwest.

The book may be fiction, but it’s rooted in regional history. Baker Kline’s mother-in-law, Carole Robertson Kline, of Fargo, explained her father’s experience as an orphan and the presence of the titular trains on the Plains.

Baker Kline discusses her book and signs copies at 6:30 p.m. at Zandbroz Variety.

For another look at the Plains, Bruce Crummy offers portraits of the land, its people and where they intersect in his new book, “North Dakota Region: Photos, People, Places and Events.”

A former shooter for The Forum, Crummy didn’t just create another touristy photo book of pleasant landscapes. In these 80 pages, he focuses on images that tell the story of the area and the issues over the last five years, from flooding to the Fighting Sioux nickname controversy, from the new oil boom to the area’s roots in agriculture.

Crummy signs copies of his book, sold for $29.99, from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hallmark store in West Acres.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

John Lamb at (701) 241-5533

Midwest Kidfest Teddy Bear Parade


Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo each have their variations on cruise nights through the summer (tonight is Bike Night from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Gio’s in Moorhead), but there’s only one Midwest Kidfest Teddy Bear Parade. At 10:30 a.m. Friday this convoy of kids and their favorite stuffed friends will roll out of the Dike West parking lot into Island Park. At the end of the route the fest begins with about 30 interactive educational booths, carnival games, entertainment stages and strolling entertainers. All activities are free. (701) 499-7788.

Aaron Carter and Nazareth

Tonight and Friday

A couple of oldies but goodies bring on the flashbacks this weekend. It’s been over a decade since Aaron Carter’s last studio album and the former teen star is still only 25. So when he sings “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” and “I Want Candy” at the Legacy Ballroom (above Pickled Parrot), 505 3rd Ave. N., Fargo, the songs may seem a little less innocent. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $70 for a meet-and-greet, which includes ticket, picture with Aaron, posters, autographs, all following the show.

If that makes you feel old, Nazareth is still young at heart. The ’70s Scottish rockers play the The Garage Bar, 3108 9th St. S., Moorhead, Friday night. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show. (218) 287-0100.

FM’s Finest outdoor concert


Readers saw, heard and voted on their favorite acts in FM’s Finest, this year’s weekly showcase of area music talents presented by The Forum and concert promoter Jade Presents. The top vote-getter, Go Murphy, shares the stage with other faves, reggae act Heavy is the Head and Irish folk group Poitin this Friday. The free concert runs from 5 to 10 p.m. on Second Avenue between Broadway and the alley in Fargo.