Zandbroz in Fargo will host 3 author events

The downtown bookstore will welcome fiction and nonfiction writers at the upcoming events.

Author and former Fargoan Jung Yun.
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FARGO — Zandbroz Variety will host several author events this week

Eric Dregni will return to Fargo to discuss his new book, “The Impossible Road Trip: An Unforgettable Journey to Past and Present Roadside Attractions In All 50 States,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at the Sons of Norway. The professor of English, journalism and Italian at Concordia University in St. Paul is the author of several books, including “For The Love of Cod,” “In Cod We Trust” and “Let’s Go Bowling.”

Author Eric Dregni.

Playwright and musician Michael Patrick F. Smith will read from and discuss his book, “The Good Hand: A Memoir of Work, Brotherhood, and Transformation in an American Boomtown,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Zandbroz. The book is based on his year spent working in the oil fields near Williston, N.D. Smith has performed on Prairie Public Radio’s “Main Street” and “The Great American Folk Show.”

Two fiction writers and former North Dakotans, Jung Yun and James Han Mattson, will discuss their books at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23.

Yun’s “O Beautiful” looks at a 40-something former model trying to make it as a writer when she gets assigned to write about the Bakken oil boom in western North Dakota and how it affects the communities there. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in Fargo.


Mattson’s “Reprieve” explores the social impact of a brutal killing that happens in an escape room, weaving together themes of capitalism, hate politics, racism and the dynamic of fear as entertainment. He was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in North Dakota.

All of these events are free and open to the public.

For 20 years John Lamb has covered art, entertainment and lifestyle stories in the area for The Forum.
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