Danish American Center (DAC)
3030 West River Parkway, Minneapolis
Sunday October 15 at 5pm

Program and Supper
Open to members of participating organizations of L.E.I.F.
Cost: $20 per person which includes a light supper following the program. — don’tcha know!        
Church Basement Stories by Janet Letnes Martin 

Growing Up - "Rural by luck,
Norwegian/American by birth,
and Lutheran, by golly!"

Janet Letnes Martin grew up in Hillsboro, North Dakota, where the words “Norwegian” and “Lutheran” were synonymous.  It was no surprise she graduated from Augsburg College, in Minneapolis, Minnesota and married Neil Martin, a 100% Scandinavian-Lutheran man from Newfolden, Minn.   

Janet started writing books in 1983. She has authored four books, co-authored three books with Allen Todnem, and one with her sister, Ilene Lorenz, before she teamed up to write and perform with a college friend, Suzann Nelson. Suzann and Janet have written nine books relating to their Norwegian-Lutheran-rural background. Their book, Growing Up Lutheran, What Does This Mean? won the Minnesota Book Award for humor, the Minnesota Independent Publisher’s Award, and is the inspiration for all six Church Basement Ladies musical comedies. 

In 2007, Janet “switched gears” and teamed up with author/

artist David W. Cook II to write a fabulous, humorous, book entitled, Lemonade for the Lawnboy: The Executives’ Wives’ Cookbook Committee.  The book was turned into the musical entitled  Lemonade for the Lawnboy—The Musical. Janet has been speaking to churches and organizations for 30 years. She often teams up with her co-author Suzann Nelson to perform a comedy routine entitled, Those Lutheran Ladies.  Janet lives in Hastings, Minn. and is the mother of three daughters and has 6 grandchildren. Her husband, Neil passed away in 2006.