Don’t Sell the Horses Yet, Bob by Nona Hengen
As a 10-year old, she wrote an uncle that she wanted someday to be an artist. That dream was shelved—there were no art schools in the region, so she followed her mother and uncle into a career in education. She taught school, as they had, and when sputnik shocked the nation into using television to win the race for space, she was hired by the Spokane School District to teach German because it was the language of science, and educators believed science would be the key to winning the race to put a man on the moon.
She is a popular lecturer and keynote speaker at events ranging from the Washington Association of Wheat Growers state convention to a variety of fund raising events for hospitals and civic organizations throughout eastern Washington.
Nona is a self-published author under “Palouse Press”, and has 16 titles to her name. Her most requested titles have been Now Choose Life, a five generation saga of her family—her father’s people to Spangle in 1888 before statehood, her mother’s people in 1910—and, Gateway to the Palouse, which is the story of
Union soldiers who brought their families West after the war and started a town. A recent title, Cats and Dogs, our Alter Egos, was a finalist in the 2008 Eric Hofer Book Award contest as one of the top “new works of outstanding literary value found outside the commercial publishing establishment, nominated by the writing community and public at large.”
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