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2015 Book Festival Author
June Melby

When June Melby was 10, her parents abruptly purchased the Tom Thumb Mini Golf Course in the small Wisconsin town where the family vacationed. This event suddenly turned Melby's summers into chore-filled months with intense family time. And then, as if to answer her prayers, the park was sold, and Melby was inexplicably crushed. Collecting moments of humor from these years, Melby wrote the endearing memoir, My Family and Other Hazards, which was released in 2014.

For her memoir, Melby wasn’t even sure if it would be written in fiction or nonfiction. “I knew I was going to have to write this,” says Melby. “I mean I knew before I had ever even written prose, before I had written my first short story that I would have to write this book someday. I can’t explain it. When I started writing it I wasn’t sure it was going to be a memoir or if it would be fiction. I thought, ‘Let me just write it and see.’”

After growing up in the Midwest, Melby made her way out to Hollywood for a career in stand-up comedy and performance poetry. But the Heartland beckoned and Melby came back to earn an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared in The Utne Reader, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Water~Stone Review, Versal, the LA Weekly, National Lampoon Magazine, and Kaffee.Satz.Lesen, Hamburg, Germany. She currently lives in a log cabin in the woods with her husband and their cat. Work on a collection of short fiction and research on her next memoir keeps Melby busy these days.

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