"The Memory Quilt," Historical Fiction Book on 1918 Cloquet Fire, Nominated for MIPA Book Award

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“The Memory Quilt—A Tale of Friends & Family, Lost & Found in the Great Cloquet Fire of 1918,” has been nominated for a 15th Annual Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MIPA) Book Award. Written by first-time author Pamela J. Erickson, “The Memory Quilt” tells the story of Liisa Maki, a 14-year old Finnish-American girl, and her experiences the day of the fire that consumed the small northeastern Minnesota towns of Cloquet and Moose Lake. The title of the book refers to a family heirloom quilt that helps the next generation rediscover a piece of Maki family history lost during the 1918 Cloquet Fire. “The Memory Quilt” is one of three books nominated in the Juvenile-Young Adult Fiction category. The MIPA awards, a competition for excellence in independent or non-profit publishing, will be presented at the Minnesota Humanities Commission in St. Paul on Wednesday, May 11, 2005. The awards recognize creativity in content and execution, overall book quality, and a book's unique contribution to its subject area.

“The Memory Quilt—A Tale of Friends & Family, Lost & Found in the Great Cloquet Fire of 1918,” has been nominated for a 15th Annual Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MIPA) Book Award. Written by first-time author Pamela J. Erickson, “The Memory Quilt” tells the story of Liisa Maki, a 14-year old Finnish-American girl, and her experiences the day of the fire that consumed the small northeastern Minnesota towns of Cloquet and Moose Lake. The title of the book refers to a family heirloom quilt that helps the next generation rediscover a piece of Maki family history lost during the 1918 Cloquet Fire.

“The Memory Quilt” is one of three books nominated in the Juvenile-Young Adult Fiction category. The MIPA awards, a competition for excellence in independent or non-profit publishing, will be presented at the Minnesota Humanities Commission in St. Paul on Wednesday, May 11, 2005. The awards recognize creativity in content and execution, overall book quality, and a book's unique contribution to its subject area.

Publishers of books nominated for the MIPA Book Awards must be located in one of 12 states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. “The Memory Quilt” was published by et al. Publishing, an imprint of Expert Publishing, Inc., Andover, Minn. For more information about the MIPA Book Awards, visit their Web site at: http://www.mipa.org.

“The Memory Quilt” is also a nominee for the Seventeenth Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA), which recognizes books about northeastern Minnesota that represent its history, culture, heritage or lifestyle. The NEMBA awards will be presented at the University of Minnesota Duluth Library on Wednesday, May 18, 2005. “The Memory Quit” was nominated in the Fiction, Poetry and Drama category.

Copies of “The Memory Quilt” are available through most national and independent bookstores and stores that specialize in Finnish or Scandinavian gifts. Personalized autographed copies of “The Memory Quilt” can be ordered online at http://www.TheMemoryQuilt.com.

About the author

Pamela J. Erickson is the third generation of her family to grow up in Cloquet, Minn. Both of her father’s parents lived through the fire of 1918, and parts of their real life stories were incorporated into the book.

Erickson currently resides in Minneapolis and works in the financial services industry. She has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and a Masters in Business Communications from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis.

Erickson's next book signing will be at the Minnesota Quilters' annual show "Stars in the Harbor," on Friday, June 10, 2005 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) in the Pam's Hallmark booth.

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