More on Laura’s Ruralist Columns

November 12, 2008

Stephen Hines stopped by to share this with Only Laura’s readers:

For those who want to continue their biographical readings on Laura and get a personal picture of her adult years in the Ozarks from 1911 through 1925, they can find Laura Ingalls Wilder, Farm Journalist from the University of Missouri Press on Amazon. I put together this collection which presents her columns from that time, before she began her children’s books, exactly as they appeared in the old Missouri Ruralist newspaper. The “voice” your read is somewhat different from what you might expect, but it is the same wonderful Laura.

Thanks, Stephen. My guess is that a good number of Only Laura’s regular readers already have a copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Farm Journalist* — present company included. The general consensus is it belongs on the shelf of every Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. Having the columns organized chronologically rather than thematically is particularly compelling.

We hope you’ll come back and visit. We love hearing from various LIW authors and scholars.

* Link goes to Walnut Grove’s gift shop — scroll towards the bottom — but the book is sold at other homesites as well.


This Just In — 2010 Conference In The Works!

November 11, 2008

Amy Mattson Lauters, editor/author of The Rediscovered Writings of Rose Wilder Lane, Literary Journalist, reports that Minnesota State University, Mankato, her academic home, has agreed to host a summer 2010 conference dedicated to Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane.

Specific dates have yet to be finalized. MSU is located in Mankato, Minn., just an hour and a half from Walnut Grove, Minn., site of On the Banks of Plum Creek, and three and half hours from De Smet, S.D., site of the final five Little House books. It’s an hour southeast of Minneapolis, and the regional shopping and commerce hub for south central Minnesota.

Planning for the conference rests in the hands of fans and volunteers, some of whom are meeting for a “Laurapalooza” event in July 2009 in De Smet.

“I’m really excited that my university and my department, Mass Communications, was willing and able to provide space for our summer 2010 meeting,” Lauters said. “Hopefully, this means we can have a large, fan-and-academic meeting that will be fun and fruitful for everyone who participates.”

I Want This Glass Box

November 10, 2008

Last issue of the Homesteader mentioned a new glass box with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s image for sale in Ingalls Homestead‘s gift shop. Book Hunter’s Holiday picked one up. Click on the loink for a detailed look at this gorgeous Little House trinket.

Have any of you bought one yet? It’s first on my shopping list when I’m in De Smet next summer.

Laura’s Connection to a California Library

November 6, 2008

The blog at the Pomona Public Library’s Children’s Room has a blog, and today’s post is how it came to be named after Laura Ingalls Wilder.

“Little House” TV Show Too Successful For Children

November 5, 2008

Apparently the economy has hit Finland harshly enough to affect Little House. The series was released on DVD, but Universal Pictures’ marketing division in Finland declined to pay the extra money it takes to get it viewed and properly rated. Why? After a decade-plus run, there are just too darn many episodes to pay someone to watch and rate appropriately. Thus the default: suitable only for adults.

Tour the Little House Sites Online at Frontier Girl

November 3, 2008

For over a decade Rebecca over at Frontier Girl has done a fabulous job of furthering the reach of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I don’t always catch the latest Little House events happening all over the country, but she never misses them. If she’s not in your GoogleReader or your bookmarks, she should be.

Her latest projects are easily clickable video tours of Independence and Rocky Ridge and De Smet. It’s the next best thing to being there!

She’s Just As Relevant Today

October 30, 2008

Forty years ago today, the world lost one of its most important journalists, Rose Wilder Lane. Amy Lauters, Lane scholar and author of The Rediscovered Writings of Rose Wilder Lane, Literary Journalist, honors her on, with a nod to Rose’s political influence in light of the contentious atmosphere surrounding today’s election.