BookPeople is partnering with Harper Collins to bring you an exclusive conversation with Trent Preszler and Nick Offerman happening later this month! They'll be joining us live on Zoom for a conversation about Preszler's Little and Often— his thought-provoking, beautifully written memoir of grief and love, understanding and forgiveness, and the curative power of creativity. Signed bookplates are available with every book purchase!
Event Registration & Guidelines
- Tickets are required to join this live event and are available exclusively through Eventbrite.
- Each book ticket includes a copy of Little and Often and a signed bookplate from Trent Preszler to be shipped after our event concludes.
- Tickets begin at $31.99 (Price includes domestic shipping cost. Sales tax and service fees apply to grand total.)
- Additional shipping charges apply for international orders.
- You will receive your link to the virtual event on April 27th at 11AM CDT. If you don't receive it by 11AM CDT, please email Alison.Coolidge@harpercollins.com promptly. BookPeople will not be responsible for missing links.
- Event Begins at 6:00PM CDT.
- Books will begin shipping following our virtual event.
NOTE: Because this is a virtual event that will be hosted on Zoom, you will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing and sufficient Internet access. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom.
ABOUT LITTLE AND OFTEN
Trent Preszler thought he was living the life he always wanted, with a job at a winery and a seaside Long Island home, when he was called back to the life he left behind. After years of estrangement, his cancer-stricken father had invited him to South Dakota for Thanksgiving. It would be the last time he saw his father alive.
Preszler’s only inheritance was a beat-up wooden toolbox that had belonged to his father, who was a cattle rancher, rodeo champion, and Vietnam War Bronze Star Medal recipient. This family heirloom befuddled Preszler. He did not work with his hands—but maybe that was the point. In his grief, he wondered if there was still a way to understand his father, and with that came an epiphany: he would make something with his inheritance. Having no experience or training in woodcraft, driven only by blind will, he decided to build a wooden canoe, and he would aim to paddle it on the first anniversary of his father’s death.
While Preszler taught himself how to use his father’s tools, he confronted unexpected revelations about his father’s secret history and his own struggle for self-respect. The grueling challenges of boatbuilding tested his limits, but the canoe became his sole consolation. Gradually, Preszler learned what working with his hands offered: a different perspective on life, and the means to change it.
Little and Often is an unflinching account of bereavement and a stirring reflection on the complexities of inheritance. Between his past and his present, and between America’s heartland and its coasts, Preszler shows how one can achieve reconciliation through the healing power of creativity.
About Trent Preszler
Trent Preszler grew up on a cattle ranch in South Dakota and received his BS from Iowa State University in 1998. He was subsequently awarded a Rotary Scholarship to the UK and a diploma from the Royal Botanic Garden. After a White House internship for President Bill Clinton, he earned an MS in agricultural economics and a PhD in horticulture from Cornell University. He is now the CEO of Bedell Cellars and founder of Preszler Woodshop. He lives in New York. Little and Often is his first book.
About Nick Offerman
Nick Offerman is an actor, humorist, and woodworker. He is married to the most beautiful and talented actress working today, Megan Mullally. They live in Los Angeles, California, with their poodles and an impressive collection of assorted wood clamps.
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