North Dakota’s de Celle Visits NDSU Bookstore
Author makes trip despite adverse conditions
Published: Monday, December 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, December 9, 2013 14:12
Renowned North Dakota author Marc de Celle recently visited the NDSU Bookstore to promote his new book “Close Encounters of the Fargo Kind.”
In his second book about NDSU’s home city, de Celle illustrates “true stories from a kind, happy little planet in America” while describing Fargo and its citizens.
Through an email to NDSU President Dean Bresciani, de Celle requested to come to NDSU to promote his books and meet some of his avid readers. Director of the NDSU Bookstore Carol Miller Schaefer answered the request and set up the event.
Originally from California and Arizona, de Celle released the North Dakota bestseller “How Fargo of You” in 2010. The book contains many stories that supervisor of NDSU Bookstore’s book department Carl Wichman labels “feel-good, warm examples of the great people of Fargo and the surrounding areas.”
“Close Encounters of the Fargo Kind” takes a deeper look into the Fargo area than its predecessor with more personal accounts and letters from the residents and visitors of the Fargo-Moorhead area.
While traveling all around Fargo in recent days, de Celle promoted his new book with a kickoff party at the Ho Do Lounge at the Hotel Donaldson. He also made an appearance at the “It’s A Wonderful Night” event at West Acres, among many other book signing events.
Fargo was not so kind on the day of the event, which was the first day of continual snowfall. Harsh road conditions forced de Celle to be late to the event by a few minutes, and student traffic through the bookstore and the adjacent hallway was sparse thanks to the winter snow.
Overall, Miller Schaefer believed the event was a success, as de Celle not only signed every book and left some behind, but he also offered the book at a discounted price than its original retail value.
“I know Marc de Celle is an NDSU fan,” Miller Schaefer said, “so it’s great that he can try and connect with the NDSU students through this event and Fargo community through his books.”