NEWS & EVENTS
Fall & Winter 2020
Clovis House author Timothy J. Kloberdanz publishes a number of articles that pertain to the famous Pawnee-Pedro de Villasur Battle of 1720. The articles run in a number of different states: Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma. These are all states that have historic ties to the 1720 Villasur battle:
The article "What Can We Learn from Nebraska's Oldest Battle?" in The Columbus Telegram, Columbus, Nebraska, August 11, 2020
A two-part series of articles entitled "Lest We Forget: The 300th Anniversary of the Villasur Battle" for the Platte County Historical Society Newsletter [Columbus, Nebraska] -- August 2020 issue and the September 2020 issue.
A seven-page, illustrated article entitled "The Villasur Battle and the Segesser II Hide Painting as Key Symbols in the Nebraska Novel Once Upon the River Platte." This article appeared in a special edition, full-color Villasur booklet printed by the Bison Society and the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA), Kearney, Nebraska., Fall 2020.
A lead article, "Famous Platte River Battle Marks 300th Anniversary," in the Sterling Journal Advocate, Sterling, Colorado, August 24, 2020.
An article in The South Platte Sentinel entitled "Catholic Priest Slain in Famous Platte River Battle," Sterling, Colorado, August 26, 2020.
The article "August 14 Marked 300th Anniversary of Pawnee Victory over Spanish Empire," in The Pawnee Chief, Pawnee, Oklahoma, August 26, 2020.
The article, "The Far Quarter, an Oasis on the Kansas Prairie," in The Hays Daily News, Hays, Kansas, August 26, 2020. (In this article, Kloberdanz tells the little-known story of "El Cuartelejo," the remote Apache/Pueblo settlement in western Kansas where the Villasur survivors rested after fleeing the battle and before continuing on to Santa Fe. Today, only a few archeological features are all that remain of "El Cuartelejo.")
On January 6, The Forum (of Fargo-Moorhead) runs a front-page story about novelist Timothy J. Kloberdanz. Entitled "I Just Wrote and Wrote," the article is written by Forum reporter Patrick Springer. He describes the impaired vision and other health problems that have beset the author in recent years. After undergoing brain surgery at the Mayo Clinic in 2017, Springer quotes Kloberdanz as saying: "It felt so good to see clearly again . . . I felt reborn and I was ecstatic, so I just wrote and wrote."
The article also includes a large color picture of Kloberdanz standing on the snow-covered banks of the Red River of the North. Forum photographer David Samson took the picture of Fargo's own "River Writer."
This year marks the 300th anniversary of the famous Villasur battle that took place near the confluence of the Platte and Loup Rivers (southeast of present-day Columbus, Nebraska) in August of 1720. The tragic confrontation involved New Mexico Lieutenant Governor and Commander-in-Chief Pedro de Villasur and more than forty Spanish soldiers and civilians from Santa Fe. Accompanying them were Pueblo Indian allies and a number of Plains Apache scouts. On the early morning of August 14, 1720, the Villasur expedition was attacked and overwhelmed by a large number of Pawnee and Otoe warriors. The Spanish were defeated and Villasur and numerous soldiers and Pueblo Indians were killed. This event marked the end of Spanish colonial expansion into the Great Plains region.
In his new novel, ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE, author Timothy J. Kloberdanz makes many historical references to the ill-fated Villasur expedition of 1720. These references appear despite the fact that ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE is set in the near future -- not in the early eighteenth century.
November - December 2019
Several newspapers, international newsletters, and magazines carry articles featuring the new book ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE by author Timothy J. Kloberdanz. Among these are the AHSGR Newsletter, the Columbus Telegram, the GRHS Newsletter, North Dakota Horizons, the Sterling Journal Advocate, and the South Platte Sentinel.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 7:00 pm
Official book launch for ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE . The novel will be launched in the very same area where much of the action in the book takes place--Platte County, Nebraska. The author, Timothy J. Kloberdanz, will speak and sign copies of his new Platte book. This event is sponsored by Clovis House and the book launch will take place on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at 7:00 PM. Place: The Platte County Historical Society Museum (West Building), 2916 16th Street, Columbus, Nebraska. The event is free and open to the public.
October 13-21, 2019 -- Whirlwind Book Tour
"Whirlwind Book Tour" for Author Timothy J. Kloberdanz as he stops at various bookstores and museums to sign copies of his latest book ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE . The whirlwind tour will take the author to various sites in Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, and South Dakota.
October 3, 2019
The Columbus Telegram (Columbus, Nebraska) publishes a lengthy article about Timothy J. Kloberdanz's new book ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE . The article is entitled "Columbus, Platte River Inspire Author's New Book."
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Author Timothy J. Kloberdanz is one of the featured writers at the annual conference of the North Dakota Library Association (NDLA), Fargo, North Dakota. Copies of both ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE and ONE DAY ON THE RIVER RED will be made available to librarians and other NDLA attendees.
The e-book (Kindle) version of ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE becomes available to readers world-wide.
Book release for ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE . This is a full-length novel and it is the second book in the "Legendary Rivers of the American West Series."
Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction. Much like in the book ONE DAY ON THE RIVER RED , a man almost drowns in the 40-degree Red River waters, but is saved by a name-less woman who just happened to be nearby. See the article "UND Student's 'Dreamlike Trip' on River Turns Terrifying," in the April 20, 2019, issue of The Forum, pp. A1, A4.
Thursday, December 6, 2018 (St. Nicholas Day)
"Writers' Winter Wonderland" author event at Zandbroz Variety Store in Fargo, North Dakota. Timothy J. Kloberdanz is one of the featured authors. He will sign copies of his recent book, ONE DAY ON THE RIVER RED . This is a free event and open to the public. 420 Broadway North, Fargo, 6:00 - 8:00 PM. For more information call 701-239-4729.
Friday-Sunday, November 30-December 2, 2018
"Pride of Dakota" Holiday Showcase in Bismarck, North Dakota. Bismarck Event Center, 315 South 5th St., Bismarck.
Friday-Sunday, November 16-18, 2018
"Pride of Dakota" Holiday Showcase in Fargo, North Dakota. Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Avenue South, Fargo.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
The GRHC (at NDSU) plans to sell ONE DAY ON THE RIVER RED at the "Pride of Dakota" Holiday Showcases in eastern and western North Dakota.
Monday, November 5, 2018
Clovis House becomes an approved member of "Pride of Dakota" Program. North Dakota Department of Agriculture, Bismarck, ND.
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Official Book Launch and Author Event for ONE DAY ON THE RIVER RED by Timothy J. Kloberdanz. Zandbroz Variety Bookstore, Fargo, North Dakota. 2:00 - 3:30 pm.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Feature story about ONE DAY ON THE RIVER RED appears in the Fargo weekly newspaper, High Plains Reader. The article, "Fiction and Folklore Along the Red River" is written by the paper's editor, Sabrina Hornung.
Monday, October 15, 2018
Kindle edition of ONE DAY ON THE RIVER RED becomes available world-wide.
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Official release date for ONE DAY ON THE RIVER RED by Timothy J. Kloberdanz.