Alumni Authors

Recently published books by alumni

Brian Peterson, ’81, published “Vanish”, a historical fiction retelling the rises and falls of the North Dakota oil patch region.

Joe Fields, ’10, has published “Zoë Wind: And the Duel with the Master Drocker”. The first book in the Skoldrun Legends, a YA fantasy series.

Arturo R. Ortiz, ’15, has published a book entitled, “Defending Your Faith: Facts and Reasons for the Christian Worldview.”

Dr. William Perry ’73, ’74, professor emeritus of computer information systems at the University of North Carolina has published a book entitled, “Cold War: Cyber Spy.”

Tim Jochim, ’67. ’70, published, “Employee Stock Ownership and Related Plans: Analysis and Practice.”

Kevin and Reagan Pufall, ’86, published, “Glory Street and Oblivion Avenue: A Year in the lives of two brothers from the dawn of email.”

Kelly (Rahn) Radi, ’93, was awarded a Gold Award medal in the category of inspirational works from the Midwest Independent Publishers’ Association for her recent work, “Wonder-Full: Activate Your inner Superpowers (No Cape Required).”

Wade Davidson, ’14, has published, “His Last Shift: The Playbook of Todd Davidson—through Hockey, Cancer, and the Journey Beyond Himself,” a novel retelling his brother’s cancer battle.

Barb (Varberg) Solberg, ’69, ’72, ’07, published “What We Leave Behind,” a historical novel set during the Dust Bowl about an immigrant family that sends three of their daughters to Norway as the Nazi party rises to power. Her book is based on the Solberg’s family history retelling the lives of her grandmother and three aunts. 

Anthony Walsh, ’18, has published a children’s book, “Hockey is for Everyone.”   

Fabrice Moussus, ’73, has published “Grab The Moment.” His book follows his career in video journalism.

Pop culture critic Chuck Klosterman, ’94, is back with a new book, “The Nineties,” a decade he may still be living in. He is the bestselling author of eight nonfiction books, two novels, and the short story collection Raised in Captivity.
Gary Eller, ’65, has published a novel titled “True North” set in the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota. He lives in Ames, Iowa.

Alastair Browne, ’89, has published his first book, released worldwide by HarperCollins. It is titled “Cosmic Careers,” co-authored by Maryann Karinch.
Sarah Vogel, '67, wrote "The Farmer's Lawyer" about her experience as a young attorney fighting for farmers facing foreclosure in the 1980s.
Judy (Price) Cook, '68, wrote a children’s book about change, Ted and Lena’s Giant Fir Tree, during the COVID-19 lockdown. She also published a third edition of her popular memoir about her grandparents who homesteaded in Kidder County, N.D.: "If This Land Could Talk, Homesteading on the Northern Plains." Judy lives in Southern California.
Shelly Matthews, '84, co-authored a two volume commentary on the Gospel of Luke: Luke 1 - 9, and Luke 10-24. Volumes 43 A & 43 B of the Wisdom Commentary Series. Thanks. She is a professor of New Testament at the Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, in Fort Worth.
Manuel Moran, ..'92, has released his new book, "Fountain of Health: Regain Your Health, Happiness, and Lose Weight. A Revolution in Health for Everybody."
Lisa Hesse, '87, published her first book "Getting Past the Pandemic: Exercises for Healing the Emotional Trauma of COVID-19." She works in infection prevention in northern Minnesota. 
Jamie Stoudt, '77, published three novels in 2022: “Back Again,” “Don’t Get Caught,” and “Donna Carlasccio.” He lives in Stillwater, Minnesota.
Jack Knutson, '74, published a motivational book, "Pay the Price: Your Dreams Are Worth It."
Keith Cohen, '79, '82, released his debut novel "A Season Unknown." He is a child and adolescent psychologist practicing in Westwood, Mass. 
Joseph Holt, '07, published his debut story collection, "Golden Heart Parade," in September.  It was a winner of the Santa Fe Writers Project Book Prize.
Amalia (Stankavage) Dillin, ’07, released “Son of Zues” on May 20. She is the author of 22 novels and novellas and a handful of short stories, under three pen names – Amalia Dillin, Amalia Carosella, and Amalia Theresa.
A.L. Bruno, '97, crafted “Stars Forever Black:  Book I of the Star Lion Saga” during the 2020 lockdowns. "On Quiet Fire,” and “Demons of the Dark” are currently in edit.
Elaine (Staael) Haugen, '59, has had her book posthumously published by her family. "Rings of a Family Tree" is available through Amazon and the Dakota Store in Jamestown.
Paul Legler, '76, has been named a Foreword Indie Book of the Year finalist for his novel "Half the Terrible Things." He lives in Minneapolis.
Mardeen (Whitty) Schultz, ’90, wrote and published her first children’s book. Harry the Happy Troll tells the story of a young troll who ignores the social norms of the troll world and befriends a human boy. You can find it on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.
Jane Kurtz, '95, has written "Chickens on the Loose," a rhyming/counting children's book inspired by her neighbors' hilarious stories of backyard flock escapees. Jane shares the story behind the story in this short video.
Mike Jacobs, '70, '14, authored "The Duck Factory: A History of Waterfowl in North Dakota" and "The Bank of North Dakota  |  From Surviving to Thriving - The First 100 Years."
David Espindola, '87, published a business book titled "he Exponential Era - Strategies to Stay Ahead of the Curve in an Era of Chaotic Changes and Disruptive Forces." Learn more at
Denise Lajimodiere, '78, '96, '06, has published a new book of poetry, "His Feathers Were Chains." It is available from NDSU Press, Baker and Taylor, Amazon and independent bookstores.
John Truesdell, '67, has published a factual thriller called "Timeflash: How Fast Momentous Events Transpire in the Lifetime of One Man and His Family."
Sharon Drewlo, '88, a pediatric occupational therapist, wrote "Guide & Grow: Baby's 1st Year."
Barry Dalberto, ’70, has published “Brave Nisayenh Ma'iinga,” a sequel to his 2017 book, “Distant Dreamer.” Both books are available on Amazon or by emailing He is retired, living in a small town near Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
David Bailly, ..'72, '76, has published "America ... Still Going," a follow-up to his 2019 work "America Going, Going ...". The books describe how the baby boomers were raised in the heartland by the Greatest Generation, and how those principles have been significantly discarded by subsequent generations, leading to the America of today. Both can be purchased on Amazon. 
James Puppe, '68, was honored with a 2020 Independent Publisher Book Award in the Midwest - Best Regional Non-Fiction category for his book, "Dakota Attitude: Interviews from Every Town in North Dakota."