Past Events

Below is a list of past workshops, signings and speaking engagements that Wendell has been featured at. To bring Wendell to your event, contact him here. 2019 Veteran’s Program at Clearbrook-GonvickWriting Memory Stories Workshop with Wendell AffieldVeteran Addiction & Mental Health ConferenceVietnam War Roundtable: Brown Water Navy at MN Military Museum“Brotherhood” presented by BemidjiSpeaks at …

Pawns Excerpt

1955The Dip It was the winter Randy peed on the pork. After butchering a hog, rather than hanging the two sides in the granary, Herman brought them in and laid them across broken chairs on the porch. One afternoon during a blizzard, Randy, almost four years old, didn’t want to stand outside on the steps. …

About Wendell

It’s one thing to write a book; it’s another to live it. Wendell Affield never knew his father. His childhood was punctuated by a volatile mother and an unpredictable stepfather. At twelve, he and his siblings were placed in foster homes, his mother committed to a mental hospital. At sixteen, he rode the rails out …

Herman Excerpt

A glimpse of Herman’s search for a wife: December 13, 1945, home on the farm, Herman gave himself an early Christmas gift—a lonely hearts club catalogue, The Exchange, Kansas City, Missouri. As I mentioned earlier, Herman’s sister told me that he was very shy. The back page of this catalogue sounds like what he needed. …