Luther College Book Shop to host book signing Dec. 1

Authors Patrick "Packy" Mader, Cheryl Kirking and Kristina Nienhaus on hand to sign books

Luther College Book Shop will host book signing sessions with authors Patrick "Packy" Mader from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Kristina Nienhaus from 2-3 p.m. and Cheryl Kirking from 4-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 in the Luther College Book Shop in Dahl Centennial Union.

The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Mader will visit and sign copies of his newly released children's book "Visiting the Visitors" along with his other titles, "Opa and Oma Together," "Oma Finds a Miracle" and "Big Brother Has Wheels."

"Visiting the Visitors" tells the story of three children and their grandparents taking a trip on a cold, wintry night to a stable in honor of the three visitors to the manger and the holy journey they made long ago. Illustrated by award winning artist Andrew Holmquist, the book contains a charming contrast of glowing indoors scenes and snowy, starlit scenes that are sure to capture the hearts of both child and parent readers alike.

"Visiting the Visitors" is available for purchase in the Book Shop for $17.95. 

A graduate of St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., Mader currently works as a schoolteacher at Morristown Elementary. He resides in Northfield, Minn. with his wife, Karen, and their two children, Karl and Ellen.

Kirking will sign copies of two of her sing-along books "Evangeline! the Dancing Holstein" and "What Can I Give Jesus?" as well as her collection of heartwarming Christmas stories "All is Calm, All is Bright."

Her latest release, "Evangeline! the Dancing Holstein" depicts the lives of farm livestock behind barn doors, in particular, a sassy, dancing cow named Evangeline. The book is accompanied by a CD containing two songs written and performed by Kirking that encourage both parent and child readers to sing and dance along with the story. 

"Evangeline! the Dancing Holstein" is available for purchase in the Book Shop for $16.99. 

Kirking is the award-winning author of six books, as well as the songwriter and recording artist behind six albums of original songs. She also has a background in teaching, public relations and psychology that allows her to act as a popular keynote speaker. She is currently enjoying small town life in Wisconsin.

Nienhaus, Luther class of 2013, will sign copies of her children's book "Made of Love.""Made of Love" features a conversation between an inquisitive child and God, told through poetic verses and watercolor illustrations painted by Nienhaus herself.  It teaches children that "when [they] look around or above" they can know that everything they see is "made of one thing…love."

The book is available for purchase in the Book Shop for $12.

Nienhaus is an aspiring musician, composer and theologian whose life is guided by her strong Catholic background. Nienhaus believes that the force called "love" is at the center of what people are.

"Visiting the Visitors"