Acclaimed songwriter and new author Elisa Korenne visits the library

To celebrate the release of her debut book “Hundred Miles to Nowhere: An Unlikely Love Story,” veteran performer, award-winning songwriter and New Yorker-turned-Minnesotan Elisa Korenne will visit the Hallock Public Library Tuesday, Aug. 15, 4 p.m., to share fish-out-of-water excerpts from her memoir and perform songs inspired by her new home. North Star Press released “Hundred Miles to Nowhere” June 6, 2017, and it is already a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Korenne, known for her original songs about oddballs in history, left New York City in 2006 to be an artist-in-residence in rural west central Minnesota. When she fell in love with the local outdoorsman, she moved and became a fish out of water in New York Mills, Minn., a town of 1100 people. To survive the culture shock, she wrote and composed about herself and other oddballs. “I felt lonely and disconnected,” Korenne says. “So I channeled my loneliness the only way I knew how.”
Korenne’s culture shock evolved into a memoir that is already gaining attention. In smooth, well-crafted prose, Korenne’s memoir tells the story of finding somewhere, and someone, in the middle of nowhere. The book is an unlikely love story about a musician, culture shock, and discovering that sometimes lost is on the way. It features naked jaunts through New York City, a three-day canoe-camping trip of a blind date, learning how to eat roadkill for dinner, moonshine, and a tornado.
Since becoming a Minnesotan, Korenne has become known as a pioneering rural artist. Gull Lake TEDx chose Korenne to be a featured speaker at their April 2017 conference. Prairie Public Television in Fargo, North Dakota commissioned her to create songs and appear in a series of ten mini-music documentaries of unusual people and events in the Upper Midwest. In her hands, stories of fascinating and under-sung historical figures become song portraits. Extraordinary experiences become musical snapshots of emotional truths.
Korenne will be at the Hallock Public Library Tuesday, Aug. 15, 4 p.m., to perform Book and Ballad, “Hundred Miles to Nowhere.”
For more information please visit her website,, or contact the Hallock Public Library at 218-843-2401.
“Hundred Miles to Nowhere: An Unlikely Love Story” by Elisa Korenne will be available at bookstores across the country,, NorthStar, and at your local library.

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