Melby to Read from New Memoir

Jul 14, 2014

June Melby, a graduate of The Nonfiction Writing Program, will read from her new memoir, My Family and Other Hazards on July 15 at 7:00 pm at Prairie Lights Books.

When she was ten years old, June Melby’s parents decided on a whim to buy the miniature golf course in the small Wisconsin town where they vacationed every summer. Without any business experience or outside employees, the family set out to open Tom Thumb Miniature Golf to the public. In My Family and Other Hazards, Melby recreates all the squabbling, confusion, and ultimate triumph of one family’s quest to build something together, and brings to life the joys of one of America’s favorite pastimes.

The author as well of June Melby and Her Future Enemies, June Melby’s work has appeared in McSweeney’s, LA Weekly, National Lampoon Magazine, and elsewhere. In 2011 she was a Writing Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and in 2003 received the International Artist Award from the City of Hamburg. The recipient of the Children’s Poetry Award at the Edinburgh International Poetry Festival, Melby now lives in Decorah, Iowa.