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James C. Schaap

James Calvin Schaap is a retired English prof who has been something of a writer for most of the last 40 years. His latest work, a novel, Looking for Dawn, set in reservation country, is the story of two young women joined by their parents' mutual brokenness and, finally, a machine-shed sacrament of reconciliation. He writes and narrates a weekly essay on regional history for KWIT, public radio, Sioux City, Iowa. He and his wife Barbara live on the northern edge of Alton, Iowa, the Sgt. Floyd River a hundred yards or so from their back door. They have a cat--rather, he has them.


The Book Thief

   Our fascination with the Holocaust seems unending, in part because nothing in the world's recent past offers us such…
November 29, 2013

Love at super speed

Every so often Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac features some sweet nostalgia, sure to make almost anyone regret his or her no more…
October 31, 2013

 It arrived in the mail, a gift from my wife's cousin, who found it while sifting through their aunt's keepsakes--a…
September 6, 2013

It's a story I never tired of telling, and it happened just last week--well, July 15, 1838 (and, no, I…
July 25, 2013