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Reviews and Readings

September 5, 2013, 7:00 p.m., Magers & Quinn Bookstore, Minneapolis, MN

September 13, 2013, 7:00 p.m., Book Launch Party, Open Book, Minneapolis, MN

September 2o, 2013, Interview, Prairie Public Radio, Fargo, ND

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October 3, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Monkey See, Monkey Read Bookstore, Northfield, MN

October 5, 2013, 1:00 p.m., Barnes and Noble, Apple Valley, MN

October 10, 2013, 6:00 p.m., Zandbroz Bookstore, Fargo, ND

December 21, 2013, 1:00 p.m., (Book Signing), Barnes and Noble, West Acres Mall, Fargo, ND

January 8, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Micawbers Books, St. Paul, MN

April 5, 2014, 12:00 p.m., (Book Signing), University of Wisconsin-Madison Writers' Institute, Madison, WI

July 17, 2014, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. (Book Signing & Interview) Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, Thursdays on Third, Marshall, MN

August 9, 2014, (Book Signing), Blue Collar BBQ & Arts Festival, Faribault, MN

September 6, 2014, 2:00 p.m., Local Author Event, Jo Jo's Rise & Wine, Burnsville, MN

September 18, 2014, (Book Signing) Millsteam Arts Festival, St. Joseph, MN

October 11, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Book Signing) Twin Cities Book Festival, St. Paul, MN

October 18, 2014, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. (Book Signing), Barnes & Noble, Maple Grove, MN

February 7, 2015, 4:00 - 6:00,  Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance, Morris, MN

March 28, 2015, 10:30 - 4:30, Bloomington Writer's Festival, Bloomington, MN

June 12, 2015, 5:00 - 9:00, Books Revisisted, St. Cloud, MN

July 13, 2015, 5:30-6:30,  (Book Signing), Barnes & Noble, St. Cloud, MN

December 5, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00, (Book Signing), Barnes & Noble, St. Cloud, MN

September 25, 2016, 10:00 - 5:00, (Book Signing), Art in the Park, Afton, MN

"Song of Destiny" selected by the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council for the Minnesota Read Local Program.  May 23, 2014.

"The novel tells . . . one families' odyssey through an experience that many of us have had . . . I recognize these people . . . a remarkable job . . ."    Doug Hamilton, Prairie Public Radio.  

"With fall settling in, it's time to cuddle up with a good book . . . In 'Song of Destiny,' Paul Legler spins a tale of two rural North Dakota brothers who come of age at the dawn of the sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll era. One returns from the Vietnam War lost, while the younger turns to St. John’s Abbey to find himself. The Minneapolis writer with North Dakota roots weaves in the Germans from Russia experience and other bits of Peace Garden State history into this rich, family drama. He’ll read from and discuss his book – and perhaps his experience as an advisor to President Bill Clinton – at 6:30 tonight as part of the Kegs and Canvas events downtown."  Fargo Forum,  October 9, 2013. 

What distinguishes this book is the rich description of the lives of stoic, hard-working rural people and the effects of changing societal rules and expectations. The stark landscape, with its subtle beauty, is a presence and affects the lives of the brothers. They make different life choices, sometimes with similar consequences. Beautiful writing about the land, the harshness and richness of rural life, free will and fate, and complex family relationships."  Tim McLarnan, Minneapolis StarTribune, December 1, 2013.

"Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll come to North Dakota: Author's family saga focuses on turbulent times."  SunThisWeek, December 5, 2013.

"Song of Destiny," featured in St. Cloud Times book briefs:

“'Song of Destiny', a novel by Paul Legler, takes place in North Dakota. Anyone having lived in rural North Dakota wouldn’t have to be told that fact; thanks to Legler’s descriptive writing, the reader recognizes the intense blue of North Dakota skies, the sound the wind makes blowing through wheat fields, the smell of new-mown hay, and the intense cold of a North Dakota winter .... One of the aspects which gives “Song of Destiny” its grounding and its intensity is the sprinkling of Germans from Russia heritage woven into the book. As you read the “stories” of the characters’ ancestors you are pulled back into your own childhood ... 'Song of Destiny' is a well-written story of a time when North Dakota began to lose its innocence, slowly inundated by the faster-paced world around it."  Bismarck Tribune, June 6, 2014.

"Song of Destiny," featured in Off the Bookshelf, by Maralee Kalianoff, Emmons County Record, April 10, 2014.

"Song of Destiny," featured in Off the Bookshelf, Steel Ozone Press, March 26, 2014

"Song of Destiny," selected for the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance Read Local program, October 22, 2014