B.J. Hollars and his six-year-old son set off on a 2,500 mile road trip to rediscover America on the Oregon Trail and he has a captivating story to tell. Johnson County Library is pleased to welcome author B.J. Hollars for three events in March. The first is a reading and presentation from his book about the adventure of rediscovering America along the Oregon Trail. The next day, enjoy a craft talk on the behind-the-scenes lessons learned from writing his latest book. Then join Hollars for a writing workshop where he will provide a series of generative writing prompts that will be sure to spur your memory, bring your past to the present and help you write your life’s story.
B.J. Hollars is the author of several books, most recently “Go West Young Man: A Father and Son Rediscover America on the Oregon Trail.” His work has been featured in The Washington Post, Parents Magazine, NPR, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of the Truman Capote Prize for Literary Nonfiction, the Anne B. and James B. McMillan Prize, the Council of Wisconsin Writers’ Blei-Derleth Award, among others. He is an associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.