Amy Weldon. (Submitted photo)
Amy Weldon. (Submitted photo)
Dragonfly Books will launch the release of Decorah author Amy Weldon’s debut book, The Hands-On Life: How to Wake Yourself Up and Save the World, Monday, March 12, at 7 p.m.

A powerful treatise and a call to action, The Hands-On Life is an intelligent guide to creating mindfulness in the digital age.

Amy Weldon, a passionate teacher and writer, will read at the event, which also includes special guest Rachel Faldet. Everyone is welcome to join Dragonfly Books to commemorate the book release with wine, refreshments and friends.

Originally from Alabama, Weldon earned her Ph.D in nineteenth-century British literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Setting down roots in Iowa, Weldon has become an active figure in Decorah’s writing community. She is a professor of English at Luther College, teaching British Romanticism, creative writing, Paideia and contemporary literature, and has taught adult writing classes at ArtHaus.

Weldon’s essays have appeared in edited collections including Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America (Ice Cube Press 2016), William Faulkner: Critical Perspectives (Salem Press 2013), and The Best Travel Writing 2012 (Solas Press). Her short fiction, creative nonfiction, and scholarly work appears in Orion, The Common, About Place, Midwestern Gothic and The Hopper.

In The Hands-On Life Weldon addresses the uncertainty, stress and helplessness for creating meaningful change in the world. Weldon describes how practicing life as an artist can help you wake yourself up and take back control of your attention, your money, your time and the health of our society and our planet.

This event is sponsored by Dragonfly Books, 112 W. Water St., Decorah, and is free and open to the public.

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