The Ida Grove Library will host author Cullen Vane on Thursday, August 5, 2021, from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Heritage Room at the library. Vane will provide a short presentation on his writings and experience as a missionary in Haiti, followed by a Q&A session and book signing. Books will be available for sale after the presentation.
A native of New York City, Cullen has lived on the East coast, the Midwest (Illinois and Wisconsin), and resides in California where he draws on the vast American landscape and personal experiences to write works of fiction that involve normal people in unusual circumstances. His novels and short story collections often have a quirkiness that his fans have come to enjoy, but always at the heart are core moral values and the constant reminder of what is most important in life, namely, the love of family. He does not limit himself to fiction and has written several sportsbooks, a book on parenting, three memoirs, several screenplays, a few plays, and even a rock opera.
In 2016, as he was approaching his sixtieth year, Cullen went to Haiti as a missionary for six months but stayed for three years. He has written seven books, including the acclaimed ‘An Unexpected Missionary,’ about his adopted little country.
Amazingly, Cullen has spent a total of four days in Iowa but has somehow managed to work the Hawkeye State, and Ida Grove in particular, into several of the 60 books he’s written. Although he has never stepped foot in Ida Grove and knows of it only through the magic of the internet, more than two decades ago he adopted it as his “go-to” town and it has become the primary setting in several of his stories. He comes to Ida Grove to see for himself what the town is and hopes that being here will allow him to continue writing about the town for years to come.
Cullen currently lives at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Roseville, CA, and his two sons, Tyler and Zachary, live nearby.