St. Paul Books-On-A-Boat Festival

Books on a Boat: a fundraising event led by former WCCO News Anchor Don Shelby

Author Marilyn Jax Featured in St. Paul Books-On-A-Boat Festival

St. Paul, MN - Minnetonka's Marilyn Jax will be among a dozen top-selling Minnesota authors who will explore the electronic revolution in publishing, reveal when, where and why they write, and answer audience questions at the "Books-On-A-Boat Author Festival" about the Minnesota Centenniel Showboat Theater in St. Paul from 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14th.

Don Shelby, former WCCO-TV news anchor and author of "The Season Never Ends," will moderate two panel discussions fielding questions for the authors and publishing industry experts. In addition to the panel discussions, authors will sign books and talk individually with guests at author tables in the Showboat reception areas.

“The book publishing world is searching for solid footing amid the electronic revolution,” asserts program sponsor Capt. Jim Kosmo, founder of Author’s Advocate, LLC and author of “Still Standing The Story of SSG John Kriesel.

Award-winning author Marilyn Jax

“While authors feel the neutron dust particles falling on their heads they need to discover new, innovative ways to touch readers. Books-On-A-Boat is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with a group of successful authors, learn about the tectonic shift in publishing, and do some holiday shopping at a discount.”

Jax is the award-winning author of “The Find,” “Road to Omalos” and “Sapphire Trails,” all murder mysteries featuring the same private investigators, Claire Caswell and Gaston “Guy” Lombard. Jax’s latest novel, “Sapphire Trails,” just hit the shelves and is already selling well in the Twin Cities and beyond. The mystery is set in the mountains of Montana.

Tickets for the “Books-On-A-Boat Authors Festival” are available in advance at for $12 ($15 at the door) offset by $10 in BOAB Bucks to use toward book purchases. Attendees will be entered in a series of prize drawings and receive discounts, free gift wrapping, snacks and entertainment in addition to the two panel discussions.

The program is scheduled in the Victorian-style Minnesota Showboat Theater located at Harriet Island Park, just across the Wabasha Street Bridge from St. Paul City Hall. Profit from the event will be donated to the St. Paul Rotary Club’s Second Century Scholarship Fund, an endowment program that grants a $20,000 college scholarship annually to a St. Paul high school student.

Participating promotion partners include Beaver’s Pond Press, Little Buffalo Literary Law, RMA Publicity, Drake Bank, Three Eyed Bird Web Services, The Loft Literary Center, and Padelford Riverboats. For additional information and to purchase tickets online contact Capt. Jim Kosmo at

The other participating authors include: Moderator: Don Shelby - “The Season Never Ends”

Jim Kosmo: “Still Standing”& “Monsters in the Hallway”

Mary Linda Sather: "Boo Boo Bear’s Mission The True Story of a Teddy Bear’s Adventures in Iraq”

Colleen Baldrica: “Tree Spirited Woman”

Dara Beevas: “Indie Author Revolution”

Patrick Bettendorf “Ruby’s Tale”

Aimee Bissonette: “Cyber Law”

Joe Kimball: “Secrets of the Congdon Mansion”

Bob Showers: “Minnesota Northstars,” & “The Twins at the Met”

Mark Weber: “Tell My Sons”


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