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GREETINGS FOR THE HOLIDAYS – 2008

Dear Friends,We were lucky in Iowa City, Iowa to find Jan Brett telling about her new book Gingerbread Friends at the public library on November 13th, 2008. She drew the Gingerbread Baby on the easal, left, for an enthusiastic audience of little children and adults seeking her autograph. The rooster on the cover lives at Jan’s home near Boston…

Fall News 2008

Dear Friends, As we end this most difficult year in recent American economic history, we send our fall greetings and wishes that everyone will have a wonderful Christmas season. We hope that 2009 will be a great year for all Americans and our friends overseas. We who live in Eastern Iowa, suffered tornadoes and devastating…

Praise for Slovak American Touches by Toni Brendel

Slovak American Touches by Toni Brendel$18.95 6×9″ 192 pages including 24 in full colorOur newest release ISBN: 1-932043-49-7  I thumbed through Slovak Touches. Congratulations, you did a fine job and my compliments to Toni Brendel. It is so nice to see something like this for the Slovaks – it was so needed. You have such…

New for Norwegians and their fans

Norma Wangness, left, artist, and Jeanne Wright, editor, are shown with our new Nowegian Centennial Cookbook released spring 2008.

Spring News 2008

We are pleased to offer a new book by Toni Brendel; Slovak American Touches which will be available after May 1. This 192 page book has history, recipes, folk arts. A goodly number of Slovak folk dancers in kroj authentic to the Slovak Republic are shown in full color in the 24 page color section…

Summer 2007

CATS, cats, cats! VIVIAN BUCHANS ORIGINAL CAT ASTROLOGY is the newest title from Penfield Books ($12.95). For over thirty years, Vivian Buchan has been one of the worlds leading authorities on cat astrology. The author of over 900 articles, essays, and poems, Vivian was named Poet of the Year in 2003 by the Famous Poets…

Spring 2007

The Penfield reprinting of NORWEGIAN TROLL TALES by Joanne Asala is now available. These trolls certainly found homes in quick order on American bookshelves. This title is ideal for older children and adults. One of its most popular features is a wonderful series of illustrations by Theodor Kittelsen (1857-1914), the Norwegian artist who was a…

NEWS FROM PENFIELD: In Memoriam

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…

GREETINGS FOR THE HOLIDAYS – 2006

Dear Friends,“Lycka till i koket!” This Swedish phrase (meaning “Good Luck in the Kitchen!”) was provided to us by our friends at the American Swedish Institute during Penfield’s recent special book signing event at the Institute in Minneapolis for our new book called “Swedish Touches”. ($14.95 retail. This book is available in our Swedish “bookstore”…

September 2006

Dear Friends,A new season brings an exciting new book to the Penfield list!? All summer long, we have been hard at work on the revised edition of our 1983 title, “Superbly Swedish: Recipes and Traditions.”? What began as a revision has become a totally new view of Swedes in America, with new text, many new…

March 2006

Dear Friends,Thank you for your orders, both direct to our Penfield companies, or through Amazon.com. Penfield is proud to be entering its 27th year, continuing our commitment to publishing the best of ethnic titles. We pride ourselves on originating new materials, and on keeping our titles in print for as long as they are being…

* Remembering Our Jordan *

My 18-year-old grandson died at 4:30 p.m., Friday, August 29, 2003, two hours after leaving the Penfield office. Jordan Hans Heusinkveld was driving his new car one mile from his home in the Amana Colonies of Iowa. A young woman driving a pick-up truck passing another car swerved into Jordan’s car, which he aimed at…

Happy New Year 2001!

Dear Friends and Family, This is a long delayed letter to many of you. The year 2000 entered and fled. During this year, I finally published a book of the best of my Amana photographs plus produced an exhibition of 54 of the images, some very large. The photography show, The Amanas: A Photographic Journey 1959-1999,…

June 1999

Dear Friends, We have enjoyed messages from our site for orders, catalogs, queries from authors. We have been busy editing the new book German Regional Regional Recipes ($14.95) by Helga Hughes, which should go to press mid-July. Next is the release of Grant Wood and Little Sister Nan ($14.95), by Julie Jensen McDonald,about the artist who…

Happy New Year, 1999! Goodbye 1998!

One more year celebrating the 20th anniversary of the founding of Penfield Press, and we will face the unknowns of the 21st century. Who would have thought we could reach the hundreds of people each month who find our web site world-wide? A friend of our daughter, Josie Bourret Heskje, suggested it would enhance Letters…