'Haunting' author visit Oct. 8 in Wadena

Margaret Shaw Johnson will talk about her book, "The Haunting of Potter's Field," at 11:30 a.m. at the Uptown Cafe.

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Margaret Shaw Johnson, author of “The Haunting of Potter’s Field,” will speak at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Uptown Cafe in Wadena.

Her book, subtitled “Stories from the Past, Unearthed from the Grave,” is a series of stories about 19th and early 20th century people who worked hard to achieve the American Dream. But the obstacles they faced proved to be too much and they failed, dying poor, often alone and ending up buried in a potter’s field.

Originally written as a performance piece, “The Haunting of Potter’s Field” was first produced in Winona in 2012 featuring local actors, dancers, musicians and original music composed for the work. The book is illustrated by Jared Tuttle.

Johnson, an author and playwright, has served as a trial court judge for 21 years, an experience that gives her a unique understanding of the hardships and struggles of ordinary people. Her compassion, and realization that fate can undo any of us, shows in her storytelling.

This author visit is produced by the Wadena County Historical Society with grant funding from the Five Wings Art Council. A recording will be available at


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