Michael Fedo


Indians in the Arborvitae
Richard Fundy, a 43 year-old man whose wife has left him, moves in with his father after losing his position as a claims adjuster at Blessed Assurance Life and Casualty. He takes a job teaching American Studies at Button Gwinnet High School in his hometown and runs afoul with the principal, and has difficulty with his father, Elwood, who believes Indians spy on him from his arborvitae, and people with hyphenated last names signify the end of modern civilization. A series of misadventures follow, including crashing a funeral for a free lunch, visiting a strip mall hypnotist, disrupting a wedding ceremony, and participating in a ferret-legging competition.

Zenith City: Stories From Duluth
Duluth may be the city of "untold delights" as lampooned in a Kentucky congressmanís speech in 1871. Or it may be portrayed by a joke in Woody Allenís film Manhattan. Or then again, it may be the "Zenith City of the unsalted seas" celebrated by Dr. Thomas Preston Foster, founder of the cityís first newspaper. But whatever else it may be, this city of granite hills, foghorns, and gritty history, the last stop on the shipping lanes of the Great Lakes, is undeniably a city with character -- and characters. Duluth native Michael Fedo captures these characters through the happy-go-melancholy lens nurtured by the people and landscape of his youth. In Zenith City Fedo brings it back home. Framed by his reflections on Duluthís colorful -- and occasionally very dark -- history and its famous visitors, such as Sinclair Lewis, Joe DiMaggio, and Bob Dylan, his memories make the city as real as the boy next door but with a better story.

The Lynchings in Duluth
On the evening of June 15, 1920, three young black men, accused of the rape of a white woman, were pulled from their jail cells and lynched by a mob numbering upward of 19,000 men, women, and children.

A Sawdust Heart: My Vaudeville Life in Medicine and Tent Shows
by Henry Wood, as told to Michael Fedo

Henry Wood spent the years 1910-1941 performing in old-time medicine and tent shows. In this warm, engaging memoir, recorded and transcribed by his grandson-in-law, Michael Fedo, we learn much about the lives of performers who roamed the hinterlands and backwater villages of early 20th century America.

Selected Works

"This slender volume is an exercise in humor writing of a kind one rarely finds these days." Omaha World-Herald. From the beginning the book is chock full of laughs and chuckles, which I attribute to Fedo's gifted creativity in his use of words and word pictures." Star Astrologer Books 5 Stars "This book is non-stop laughs!" Huntress Reviews "(Fedo) has written a madcap honey." Dave Wood, syndicated book columnist "(Fedo) has a sharp eye for humor and parody. . . . He gives us a number of comical debacles, amnd some wonderfjul Dickensian caricature." Whistling Shade
"A memoir, with a smattering of local history, Fedoís collection will engage any reader with his fond and frank reminiscences of family life combined with vivid recollections of his native Duluth as it once was and, in many ways, still is. Thoroughly enjoyable." -- Jim Heffernan, author of Cooler Near the Lake: Fifty-two Favorites from Thirty-four Years of Deadlines
by Henry Wood, as told to Michael Fedo
A glimpse into a forgotten era of popular entertainment.
The story of the June 15, 1920 lynching of three black men in Duluth, Minnesota.

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