January 12 — GRAND FORKS – Jessie Veeder, writer, musician and columnist for the Herald of Watford City, North Dakota, will present a workshop in reading, signing and creating children’s books starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 15 at the Grand Forks Public Library.
At the free event, Veeder will discuss the inspiration for his new book, “Prairie Princess”, and the creation and publication processes. She also plans to conduct a fun and engaging creative art and writing activity for all ages that “encourages you to explore the place you love the most,” she said in a press release.
In a welcome session starting at 3 p.m., Veeder will sign copies of her book, which she describes as “a celebration of rural life and our connection to the land told from a young person’s perspective. girl “.
As part of the book’s release, Veeder goes to libraries across the state to discuss the book and conduct workshops.
She is also scheduled to perform at an event starting at 2 p.m. on February 6 at the Northwood Performing Arts Center, 420 Trojan Road. Tickets, $ 25 each for reserved seats, are on sale for “An Event That Will Warm Your Heart” at
At the event, hosted by the Northwood Performing Arts Council and sponsored by the Northwood American Legion Post # 92, the public will be treated to treats by Alyx Kjorven.
Veeder’s book, “Prairie Princess,” illustrated by Daphne JohnsonClark, is inspired by his “magical children” on the family ranch near Watford City, Veeder said. “(It) enables a little girl to be the expert tour guide and steward of the land she knows so well and reminds us of what it’s like to be captivated and responsible for a place.”
During her visit to the Grand Forks Public Library, Veeder will read excerpts from her book and share information on what it takes to go from idea to print, she said. She will perform some of his music and guide participants through a creative activity, inspiring them to explore and commemorate the place they love most.
Veeder, a weekly columnist for the Forum Communications Company, has been a symbol of folk music in West North Dakota since releasing her debut album at the age of 16. Since then, she has pursued a successful career in music and creative writing. His 2015 album, titled “Northern Lights,” led to a visit to Nashville to record with Bill Warner, a producer who has worked with artists such as Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton and many others.
Veeder’s talent as a songwriter and storyteller is evident in the songs that are rooted in the stories of his home in western North Dakota. His weekly writings are available on
Tours of the library are funded in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Grand Forks Public Library is located at 2110 Library Circle.
For more information on Saturday’s event, call the library at (701) 772-8116 or visit
For more information on Veeder’s work, visit