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We are saddened by the recent deaths of an author and a photographer who both created books for Penfield. Neither of these talented men is replaceable; their passing leaves a void in our hearts. We are blessed for having known them and having worked with them for many years. 

BERNARD HILLILA (1918-2006) died last November. We received the following letter from his widow, Esther Hillila:
“Bernie’s death leaves a huge emptiness in our lives. Nothing will fill that void, but knowing that others share our loss comforts us who grieve. Both Bernie and I enjoyed our contacts with you over the years. The ‘projects’ that you worked on together were fun, as in ‘F!nnFun’! Bernie is at holy rest with his Saviour. Do remember us pilgrams who are yet on the journey in your prayers. With love, Esther and family.”

Bernie wrote three hilarious books that are still available from Penfield. 

F!NNFUN ($12.95) 
written with gentle humor, and featuring an author cover photo

vigorous dashes of humor

THE SAUNA IS (reheated & revised; $10.95) 
Bernie and Esther Hilllila’s granddaughter, Maija Nelson, contributed an article for this book entitled A BRIDGE BETWEEN TWO CULTURES. With illustrations by Nancy Hillila. David Fitzsimmons, the spouse of Esther’s niece, is a Tucson cartoonist who drew the clever front cover of this volume.

LOREN PAULSON (1957?2006) of Paulstad Communications, creator of beautiful Swedish and Norwegian calendars, died in January. Loren was unable to produce a 2007 Swedish calendar, but he earlier enhanced the following Penfield title with his photographs. 

by Diane Johnson Kia, and illustrated throughout with the handsome black-and-white photographs by Loren Paulson and his father, Robert.

What’s Cooking? Projects “in the oven.”

Penfield is compiling LICENSE TO COOK MISSOURI STYLE, $6.95 (in the popular stocking-stuffer format) with Julie Broski of Kansas City. Julie is also working on UKRAINIAN TOUCHES, which Penfield hopes to release in 2008. Please send along any Ukrainian-American recipes, family traditions, or immigrant stories for inclusion in what we know will be a very popular title.

We are hoping to release a new stocking stuffer soon: TEXAS COOKOFF ($6.95), a collection of recipes from Carol Blakely, the author of Penfield’s TALES OF TEXAS TABLES ($6.95), and one of countries leading authorities on southwestern cuisine. The recipes in this new volume will include selections from the previously published 6 x 9-inch volume entitled STEWING IN TEXAS ($18.95), as well as more discoveries from Carol, who is also working on a new compilation of Mexican recipes. These new titles should be a great hit with the fans of increasingly-popular Tex-Mex cooking.

Gifted translator Jennifer B?verstam will have a second volume of the novels by Per Anders Fogelstr?m ready for printing this year. The first volume in this series, STOCKHOLM: CITY OF MY DREAMS ($12.95), is one of the most widely read titles in Sweden, and we are proud to bring these important works by Fogelstr?m to our American readers. We hope to release the new title in the fall. 

Things are simmering at Penfield!

Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret, publisher