April 17th, 2018 SubText Bookstore, St. Paul, MN

Chapter Reading and Book Signing


April 17th, 2018 SubText Bookstore, St. Paul, MN

Chapter Reading and Book Signing


April 10th, 2018 Burnsville, MN

The Best Girl Book Launch at JoJo's Rise and Wine in Burnsville!


November 28th, 2017 Edina, MN

An Evening with the Author: Domestic Violence and the Child

At the start of this presentation, Joan read a highly emotional chapter from her upcoming memoir, The Best Girl. The chapter illustrates what it was like, at the age of four, to witness an act of physical abuse by her dad against her mom. Following the reading, Joan provided the audience with education related to how witnessing these acts can affect a child's social, emotional and physical development. A second chapter reading that showcased the love between her parents concluded the evening. 


October 3rd, 2017 Edina, MN

An Evening with the Author: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Joan provided an educational presentation on the definition of, and prevalence of, domestic violence in society. Criminal justice and legislative issues were then presented, followed by a review of the annual Femicide Report released by the MN Coalition for Battered Women which illustrates that the number of deaths due to domestic violence has not decreased over time. In addition to the educational presentation, Joan read two excerpts from her upcoming memoir, The Best Girl. A question and answer session concluded the evening. 

This event was professionally recorded and a clip of the presentation is featured below. 


April 26th, 2017 Universalist Women's Group, First Universalist Church, Minneapolis, MN

Domestic Violence Symposium

Joan began by reading an excerpt from he upcoming memoir, The Best Girl. Following the reading, Joan reviewed the criminal justice and legislative issues surrounding Violence Against Women. A lively question and answer session followed. Joan concluded the event by presenting ideas for action items that would benefit women and children affected by domestic violence. 

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March 8th, 2017 MN Valley NOW Book Club

Joan read a chapter from her upcoming memoir, The Best Girl. The reading was followed by a general discussion of domestic violence.