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“Books Say Holidays Best”; a win-win-win thing

Happy cyber-book-Monday! Workman Publishing (in conjunction with my publisher) is running a WorkmanHoliday2015_1200x900_VF promotion. If you go to the link listed below and type HOLIDAY into the promo code box you’ll get 20% off. PLUS they donate a copy of their “Good & CHeap” cookbook to a person or family in need. Sort of a win-win-win thing. The link is


If you’re headed north this weekend, drop by Schroeder Town Hall this Saturday (July 11th, 2015) at 10:00 to hear me talk about our cabin and “Cabin Lessons” at the “Schroeder Area Historical Society Vacation Home/Cabin Tour.” I’ll talk about the trials and tribulations of building a cabin … and building a book … and building a family … all with my family. Later in the day there’s a tour of 6 area cabins (including Oma Tupa, Oma Lupa. For more information visit This will be a fine and fun event.Lundie cover Lundie schedule

Sweet review of CABIN LESSONS



A sweet review of CABIN LESSONS: A Tale of 2x4s, Blisters & Love from the good folks at The Family Handyman magazine. Nice!!

Sweet review in the June 2015 issue of The Family Handyman magazine

Sweet review in the June 2015 issue of The Family Handyman magazine

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Readers, writers, sellers, book lovers

Happiness is spending an afternoon with people that love books—love writing them, reading them, selling them. Had the joy of speaking at the Midwest Independent Midwest Booksellers Association 11082933_10155338615375720_981360435_nspring meeting in Spring Green, WI, with authors (front row) Margi Preus “Enchantment Lake”, Ron Legro “The Man Who Painted the Universe”; James DaVita, “The Silenced” (Milkweed); J. Ryan Stradal “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” (Random House), Avi Lank “The Man Who Painted the Universe” (Wisconsin Historical Press), Michael Perry, “Jesus Cow” (Harper); Alex Gordon “Gideon” (Harper) and yours truly, Spike Carlsen  “Cabin Lessons” (Storey). If you’re ever in SPring Green (Home of Frank Lloyd Wright, House on the Rock) visit Arcadia books. Great books, great coffee, great people.

CABIN LESSONS launch (save the date!)

Spike will be launching his latest book, Cabin Lesson: Building our Dream Cottage from 2x4s, Blisters and Love  (Storey Publishing), May 6th,  7:00 at the Stillwater Public Library, 224 Third St. N., Stillwater

The weird thing is Spike will not  be building anything during this presentation; the library felt constructing a cabin in the meeting room would cause too much ruckus. But he will talk about some of the characters and events in the book, and discuss why writing a memoir is—well—weird.

Books will be available through Valley Booksellers. There will be a get together at the Carlsen’s afterwards. All are invited. Please save the date and help spread the word.


CABIN LESSONS—A long, long journey from pen to publication

Twelve years ago Kat and I bought a chunk of land along Lake Superior. Ten years ago we—along with our kids Kellie, Tessa, Zach, Maggie and Sarah—began building a cabin on it. Nine years ago I started writing a book about the experience. Eight years ago the book was almost published—but “almost” doesn’t cut it in the world of publishing. Then, surprisingly, a year ago my current publisher, Storey, approached me about publishing it. (My editor had come across it in a pile of “I’ll get to it someday” papers while cleaning out her office!) May 15th, 2015 the book will be released. It’s part memoir, part construction manual; complete with photos, sketches, lists and thoughts on life. I’m thrilled, since it’s unlike anything I’ve ever written before. And I’m terrified, since it’s unlike anything I’ve ever written before. The subtitle says it all. More details as the details develop. A few more details here.

Cabin Lessons (Storey Publishing) available May 5, 2015

Cabin Lessons (Storey Publishing) available May 5, 2015