On Sept 29th I held a book signing for my latest release: Puppet on a String at the Mineral Point Collection.

I always love returning to Mineral Point, the location of my first O’Shaughnessy book, Giddyap Tin Lizzie.

Catherine and Harold

Catherine Whitford provided the building and table for me to display my books, and Judy Vivian brought a favorite treat, Cornish tea biscuits to share.

Judy and Skip

Kristin Mitchell, my publisher, was there to support me, and my website developer and promoter, Celeste Anton, drove down from Madison to take pictures and otherwise give support.

Celeste, Skip, Kristin

Mike Mitchell, Bob’s oldest son, who was there to help and console me when Mother (Catherine in my stories) died, stopped in to greet me.

And my dearest friends from Barneveld, Jim and Wanda Owens, drove over to greet and encourage me. And some distant relatives and others I’d never met came, too.

Visitors at the Puppet on a String Book Signing

I’d not have made the long trip from home if my wife, Lynn, and daughter, Lisa, wouldn’t have driven me down. How can any day be better than to spend it with family and friends—and to meet new friends, too?

Oh, and I sold a few books, too.

Harold William Thorpe


If you like this you'll love the O'Shaughnessy Chronicles!

When a sibling unexpectedly inherits his grandfather’s dairy farm, Will O’Shaughnessy turns to selling Fords in rural, pre-World War I southwestern Wisconsin.

A richly wistful epic tale of a bygone era....Readers will yearn for more. ~ Midwest Book Review