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Coming Wednesday -- Authors discuss book of hope that grew from childhood trials, adult tribulations

Bridget Harris Volden and Ruth Thielke will be special guests at Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance for a presentation on their recently published book, "If Only The Rod Had Been Round", on Wednesday, July 1, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Also, see the Wednesday, July 1 Sun Tribune for a story about Thielke's experiences writing the book and the unique circumstances that led to her meeting with Bridget, who was married to a former Morris resident, the late Bill Volden.

In addition to their PRCA presentation, Bridget's and Ruth's other appearances are:

• Monday, June 29, at the Morris Public Library, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

• Tuesday, June 30, at the Stevens County Historical Society, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Thursday, July 2, at the Morris Senior Center, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Their PRCA presentation is 7:30 p.m. to to 8:30 p.m., with question and answer time and book signing before and after the book presentation. The PRCA is located on 630 Atlantic Ave in Morris.

Thielke and Harris Volden tell the story of Bridget's life with the intention of bringing hope and healing to others who have suffered abuse and the devastating effects of alcohol and drug addictions.

Bridget was among many children who suffered abuse in indigenous residential schools all across Canada, and those experiences have had -- and continue to have -- a significant impact on Bridget's life.