Book Shop to host book signing with Hollnagel and Kjome June 4

May 26, 2010

Luther College Book Shop will host a book signing session with author Gayda Hollnagel and social activist June Kjome, on Friday, June 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hollnagel and Kjome will meet with Book Shop visitors and sign copies of Hollnagel’s book “Justice: Not Just Us,” the story of Kjome’s life and work as a social issues advocate.

Copies of the book are available for purchase at the Luther Book Shop for $18.75. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

“Justice: Not Just Us” follows the life of Kjome, an 88-year-old La Crosse, Wis.-area social activist whose causes range from hunger and poverty to equality for all people regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

The book covers her childhood in Austin, Minn., her 19-year career as a Lutheran missionary in South Africa and her more than 20 years of advocacy for local and international causes.

Kjome is well known in the greater La Crosse area, as well as in southeastern Minnesota and in Decorah, where she has many relatives and friends.

Her efforts on behalf of women and children were recognized by the Houston County Women’s Resource Center when a transitional housing complex in Caledonia was named June Kjome Place in her honor.

Hollnagel, who co-authored the book with Susan T. Hessel, is a retired La Crosse Tribune reporter whose freelance writing includes personal histories.

In addition to “Justice: Not Just Us,” Hessel and Hollnagel are co-authors of  “A History of La Crosse, Wisconsin, in the Twentieth Century.”