August 5, 2022

It gives us great pleasure to present Season 7, Episode 31 – Ellie Johnson + Our Review of The Lake!

Ellie Johnson shares how her experience on a 450 mile canoe trip lead to writing The Barrens with her father, Kurt Johnson. We discuss a bit about coming out, co-writing with a family member, and the importance of storytelling. Then Baz and Vance review The Lake and share who won the week for them!

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Ellie Johnson paddled the 450-mile Thelon River with three other women at the age of seventeen. The novel is based in part on that canoe trip as well as her real-life experiences growing up as a gay woman. Ellie is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota and lives in St. Paul.

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