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Robert Spande—The Born and the Made

About the Book: 

Hand-sewn, illustrated, and crafted by the author, The Born and the Made is a novel set in The Heart-Shaped Forest, located somewhere in the American Midwest during a hazy time in the mid-‘70s. Nestled in this forest is a town shaken by the terrible murder of its one, beloved schoolteacher, Holly. Particularly enamored of the late Miss Holly is 15-year-old Johnny Cleary. Johnny, with the help of his bullheaded younger sister, Cot, set out to solve the crime and are drawn into a supernatural nightmare of world-ending proportions. The Born and the Made was a finalist for the 2017 Minnesota Book Awards.


“This undeniably original book centers on a mystery in a very unique small town. The end result is a gripping read. From the handmade cover to the never ending twists in the story, this book is a deserving finalist.” – Minnesota Book Awards Judge

About the Author: 

Robert Spande is a police and fire dispatcher in Minneapolis. For the last 10 years he has been working on The Born and the Made, when not attending to his lovely wife, his four kids (all teens), his two retrievers, his two chinchillas and his cat. He lives in Bloomington, MN. He is hand-sewing/crafting all of the books that will be for sale at the event (!!!).