Irish Heritage —Book cover revealed, Higgledy-Piggledy Stones: Family Stories from Ireland and Minnesota

Jannet L. Walsh photo above — Author Jannet L. Walsh stands outside at the Dublin Airport, January 2, 2019, after spending several days in rural Killarney, County Kerry searching for origins of her family in Ireland.

Fall 2023 book release, Shanti Arts

Book cover of Higgledy-Piggledy Stones: Family Stories from Ireland and Minnesota by Jannet L. Walsh.
Book design by Christine Cote, publisher, Shanti Arts Publishing.

Jannet L. Walsh
August 18, 2023
Murdock, Minnesota

I am very happy to to reveal the cover to my forthcoming book “Higgledy-Piggledy Stones: Family Stories from Ireland and Minnesota” about my Minnesota and Irish heritage. Scheduled publication is Fall 2023 by Shanti Arts Publishing, of Brunswick, Maine, a small press publisher of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.  The book design is by publisher Christine Cote, Shanti Arts Publishing.

My book was originally my thesis manuscript for my Master of Fine Arts degree from Augsburg University, 2019.

Please find full details, summary, reviewer’s comments on my book page, Higgledy-Piggledy Stones.

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Best wishes!

“Jannet Walsh’s Higgledy-Piggledy Stones knits continents and centuries together. From her home base in rural Minnesota, Walsh uses research to take readers from the Easter Rising of 1916 in Dublin, to an 1862 Civil War battle in Arkansas, to Bishop John Ireland’s nineteenth-century efforts to resettle Irish Catholics in North America—safe from persecution and famine. Full of wide and wheeling revelations, this memoir pins moments across decades, and sews personal genealogy to world history. Punctuated with original poems, archival letters, and official documents, this engaging narrative is also a treatise on the value of remembering, recovering, and preserving. Walsh finds the extraordinary hiding in plain sight, affirming that history lives beside us in our own homes.”
James Cihlar, author of The Shadowgraph

Review all reviewer’s comments at book page.

“Higgledy-Piggledy Stones: Family Stories from Ireland and Minnesota” by Jannet L. Walsh

Jannet L. Walsh, Murdock, Minnesota-based photographer, author, educator, is a first-time published author of a creative nonfiction quest about her Minnesota and Irish heritage. Walsh received a 2022-2024 McKnight Foundation Grant for writing about her family’s Irish Canadian roots on Wolfe Island, Ontario, Canada, in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. In this endeavor, Walsh combines Irish family detective skills with creative nonfiction narration.  Readers imagine they are walking with her in rural Minnesota, in Ireland, and in Canada, in her ‘you are there’ writing genre, inherited from her family’s oral tradition.Walsh has written on technology, travel, religion, and was a newspaper columnist on career, workforce, and business. Her writing appears in as a correspondent on topics related to the Irish Diaspora. Her photos and videos have been featured by CNN, CNN iReport, HLN, The New York Times Company and the California Academy of Sciences. Walsh served as assistant professor of strategic communications and multimedia at St. Cloud State University. She holds a Master of Arts from Ohio University in photography, and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Augsburg University. “Higgledy Piggledy Stones: Family Stories from Ireland and Minnesota” is her first book.

Jannet L. Walsh at Port Metcalf, the foot of Wolfe Island, Ontario, Canada. Canada to the left, and right is the United States, Dec. 30, 2022, self portrait.

*Jannet L. Walsh of Murdock, Minnesota is a photographer, writer, and educator. She is the author of the forthcoming creative nonfiction quest narrative “Higgledy-Piggledy Stones: Family Stories from Ireland and Minnesota,” scheduled for publication in 2023 by Shanti Arts Publishing. Walsh is recipient of a Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Growth Grant funded by the McKnight Foundation, 2022-2024. You can follow Walsh on Facebook and Twitter, and on her other social media channels, with the hashtag #IrishFamilyHistoryDetective.

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