Palace Saloon by Nona Hengen
Nona Hengen 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.”
Just out in hardcover is a second edition of her popular Shoebox Letters, a story about two branches of a family; the one that chose to come to America before the turn of the century, the other that chose to remain in Germany. Upon discovery of a half century correspondence, Hengen resumed writing after her grandmother’s death and eventually traveled into East Germany to meet “Cousin Dora,” the author.
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