Now that the Laura Ingalls Wilder On Air Birthday Podcast is a thing of the past for another year, I think Almanzo’s birthday is the perfect time to introduce a new project that I’m going to be working on. A lot of times people ask me when I’m going to write a book on Laura Ingalls Wilder and my experience at the national Laura Ingalls Wilder conference and afterward convinced me that there is a real need for handbook to answer some of these Laura questions that come up over and over again. A lot of research work gets wasted as new fans learn the same things over and over again and I think having a book that provides a pathfinder, answers to those easy questions can give a step up to fans who want to learn more of the real story.
That’s where you come in. I get questions a lot, but I’d like to know what puzzles you about Laura? What questions do you have? What would you like to see in a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan handbook? Let me know here or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
This will most likely be a long term project. Thanks for coming along for the ride.
UPDATE: This is the 12th in the top twenty viewed posts of all time. It’s been almost a year since I announced the project and I have been busy gathering questions. An important development has been that my brother and sister-in-law adopted this past year. I’ve been introducing my new niece and nephew (6 and 9) to Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom (very successfully I’m pleased to say), but it has definitely given me a new perspective about what young people today have as background going into the books and how I’m going to have to explain things in terms everybody can relate to. I think the book will definitely benefit from having them around even if it may delay the finish of the book.
I’m still looking for questions, so if you have any you want answered please send them along to the e-mail above or through my Trundlebed Tales Facebook Page.
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.