Darrell J. Pedersen

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Campfire in the Basement

Author Darrell J. Pedersen loves to tell stories, and even more so those stories are available in his book Campfire in the Basement. Discussing his journey into making this book as well as his future projects, this Minnesota-based author reminds us how stories can be so impactful in our daily life. Don’t miss the episode!

About the book:

Darrell J. Pedersen’s debut book, Campfire in the Basement, is filled with amusing retellings of his colorful family history and thought-provoking bits of wisdom garnered from a long life well lived. The book is eloquently and expertly written, and readers will enjoy the tales inspired by the author’s life as a child, teen, husband, father, pastor, and passionate outdoorsman.

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Darrell J. Pedersen doesn’t make you wait to find out what happened in the incident that inspired the title of his new book “Campfire in the Basement.” Eight-year-old Pedersen makes clear that he was careful to “select a spot on the concrete floor that was at least three feet from any of the flammable objects which filled our basement.” Suffice to say he lived to tell that tale, and the many more that fill his memoir about growing up on Eier Lake in Alborn Township. The book is full of warm nostalgia in the spirit of “A Christmas Story,” without the leg lamp but with pickled herring and a fish house.

Local author Darrell Pedersen to discuss new book ‘Campfire in the Basement

Local author Darrell Pedersen to discuss new book ‘Campfire in the Basement’

After nearly 40 years of ministry as an ELCA pastor, Pedersen retired and added the title of author to his lengthy resume.

BRAINERD — The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library announced the Brown Bag Lunch Summer Author Series will continue in person at noon on Mondays in June and July in the large meeting room of the Brainerd Public Library.

From noon-1 p.m. Monday, June 26, local author Darrell Pedersen will discuss his collection of stories, “Campfire in the Basement” at the Brainerd Public Library. The book is filled with amusing retellings of his colorful family history and thought-provoking bits of wisdom garnered from a long life well-lived. A self-described “little dickens” during his growing up years, the author shares memories of a not-well-thought-out campfire in the basement and the tragic misadventures of being asked to care for the class goldfish over Christmas. Pedersen’s stories will remind readers of their youth when old country stores were “candy heaven” and how every little boy wanted to be like the cowboys from “Gunsmoke.”

Pedersen spent much of his adult life serving others as a parish pastor at numerous Minnesota churches. After nearly 40 years of ministry as an ELCA pastor, he retired and added the title of author to his lengthy resume. Guided by his deep faith, Pedersen hopes that his ability to tell stories, love deeply, and laugh at himself will encourage others to do the same. Pedersen resides in northern Minnesota with his wife, Jennifer. Together, they have three grown children and thoroughly enjoy being grandma and grandpa to Anders and Bjorn.

This presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteer and fundraising efforts. Attendees are free to bring a sack lunch or to just enjoy the light refreshments provided. No registration is required, and all are welcome.