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‘The Girls Are Gone’ wins Independent Publisher Book Award

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann have been awarded a 2019 Independent Publisher Book Award in True Crime for their book The Girls Are Gone. The gold medal win was announced yesterday.

The Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs) are one of “the oldest, most established independent book awards in operation” and have been awarded annually for over 20 years. The IPPYs “reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing.” The judging criteria for IPPY Awards “is based on quality of content, originality, design, and production with an emphasis on innovation and social relevance.”

Published by Wise Ink Creative Publishing, The Girls Are Gone was released on October 23, 2018. The book provides new details about the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki and the adults who conspired to keep the missing sisters and the truth hidden.

Since being released  The Girls Are Gone has been a commercial and critical success. Brodkorb and Mann announced last month that the third printing of their book had been ordered.

The Kindle Edition of The Girls Are Gone has appeared on multiple “best seller” lists by AmazonBrodkorb and Mann have appeared at over 25 events for their book in the last few months, and more book events in Minnesota and other states will be announced in the next week.

The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook.

The 23rd Annual IPPY Awards ceremony will be held in New York City on May 28, 2019.

 

Book event on Saturday at Barnes & Noble in Woodbury

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will have a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Woodbury, Minnesota on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 1 PM – 3 PM.

Since being released last October, The Girls Are Gone has been a commercial and critical success. The Kindle Edition of The Girls Are Gone has appeared on multiple “best seller” lists by AmazonThe Girls Are Gone is published by Wise Ink Creative Publishing.

Brodkorb and Mann announced last month that the third printing of their book had been ordered.

 The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook. Click here to view a list of upcoming book events for Brodkorb and Mann.

Three upcoming book events across Minnesota

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will have events in the coming days at bookstores across Minnesota for their new best-selling true crime book, The Girls Are Gone.

Since being released last October, The Girls Are Gone has been a commercial and critical success. The Kindle Edition of The Girls Are Gone has appeared on multiple “best seller” lists by AmazonThe Girls Are Gone is published by Wise Ink Creative Publishing.

Brodkorb and Mann announced last month that the third printing of their book had been ordered.

 The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook. Click here to view a list of upcoming book events for Brodkorb and Mann.

Friday: ABC’s ’20/20′ episode about Sandra Grazzini-Rucki

Tomorrow, March 29, 2019, at 10 PM (CST), The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) will be broadcasting the episode of ABC’s “20/20” discussed in the new best-selling true crime book,  The Girls Are Gone.

The episode about Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, called “Footprints in the Snow” was first broadcast on April 8, 2016, and was later rebroadcast on March 25, 2017. The episode has since been rebroadcast on multiple television networks in the last two years.

Grazzini-Rucki had tried to stop the rebroadcasts of the episode which found no documentation to verify Grazzini-Rucki’s claim that she was abused by David Rucki. Grazzini-Rucki had taken to Facebook, calling the show “rank propaganda” and encouraging people to register complaints.

In April 2017, Grazzini-Rucki announced she would be filing a defamation lawsuit against ABC, Inc, ABC’s “20/20”, and Elizabeth Vargas, the co-anchor of “20/20”. Grazzini-Rucki claimed she would be seeking “an ungodly amount” of money in her latest lawsuit, but the lawsuit was never filed. Continue reading

Book event on Saturday at Barnes & Noble in Edina

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will have a book signing at Barnes & Noble at the Galleria in Edina, Minnesota on Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 1 PM – 3 PM.

Since being released last October, The Girls Are Gone has been a commercial and critical success. The Kindle Edition of The Girls Are Gone has appeared on multiple “best seller” lists by Amazon.

 The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook. Click here to view a list of upcoming book events for Brodkorb and Mann.

Third printing ordered of ‘The Girls Are Gone’

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann announced today that the third printing of their book, The Girls Are Gone, has been ordered.

Since being released last October, The Girls Are Gone has been a commercial and critical success. The Kindle Edition of The Girls Are Gone has appeared on multiple “best seller” lists by Amazon.

Brodkorb and Mann have appeared at over 20 events for their book in the last few months and more book events in Minnesota and other states will be announced in the next few weeks.

“We are thrilled that there has been such an amazing response to our book,” said Allison Mann. “Bringing such an important story to as many people as possible has always been the goal and it feels wonderful that is happening now,” said Mann.

The Girls Are Gone is published by Wise Ink Creative Publishing and was released on October 23, 2018. The book provides new details about the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki and the adults who conspired to keep the missing sisters and the truth hidden. Continue reading

Barnes & Noble book events canceled due to weather

UPDATE (3:10 PM, Frida, March 8, 2019) – Due to inclement weather scheduled for this weekend, Saturday’s event at Barnes & Noble in Edina has been postponed until March 23, 2019.

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UPDATE (3:41 PM, Thursday, March 7, 2019) – Due to inclement weather scheduled for this weekend, Sunday’s event at Barnes & Noble in Minnetonka has been postponed until a later date.

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Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will have three two events this week at Barnes & Noble locations across Minnesota for their new best-selling true crime book, The Girls Are Gone.

Since being released in October, The Girls Are Gone has been a commercial and critical success. The Kindle Edition of The Girls Are Gone is currently listed on Amazon’s Best Sellers for True Crime Biographies.

 The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook. Click here to view a list of upcoming book events for Brodkorb and Mann.

Michelle MacDonald’s lawsuit against Missing in Minnesota dismissed

A judge in Ramsey County today dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by Michelle MacDonald against Michael Brodkorb and Missing in Minnesota. Judge Richard H. Kyle, Jr. granted the motion for summary judgment filed by Brodkorb and Missing in Minnesota in October.

Judge Kyle ruled MacDonald was a public figure and that the statements made by Brodkorb and Missing in Minnesota “were either true or lack the requisite showing of actual malice…”

In an interview for Minnesota Lawyer, Brodkorb said the ruling from today from Judge Kyle was that further evidence that MacDonald’s lawsuit “should have never been filed in the first place.” Continue reading

In the news: ‘Authors bring their true crime book to Scout & Morgan Books’

Please read this story from the Isanti County News about our upcoming book event at Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge, Minnesota on Saturday, March 2, 2019, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

Allison Mann and Michael Brodkorb have spent the last two years sharing the true story of the Rucki family after both were exposed to the disappearance of the two children through their careers.

Mann, a paralegal, and Brodkorb, a Star Tribune writer at the time of the incident, will be hosting an event from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 2 at Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge, where they will discuss the book and how the story of the Rucki girls helped bring awareness to the issue of family abduction and missing children across not only the state of Minnesota but the country as a whole.

It was while at work that Mann came across the Rucki family’s case.

“I work as a paralegal at a small law firm in Minneapolis,” Mann said. “This case literally walked through our door. After getting to know the family and watching all that happened to them, I became passionate about following the case through all of the legal channels, even when it didn’t involve my office.”

During the criminal trials, Mann met Brodkorb, and through their mutual vested interest in the case, they joined forces to tell the story.

“My work on this case began when I was writing for the Star Tribune,” Brodkorb said. “As this story evolved, so did my work. I went from writing stories for the Star Tribune to later writing this book.”

“‘The Girls Are Gone’ was born on the idea that the story of the Rucki family is too important not to tell,” Mann said. “Many families in our state and across the country are impacted by not only divorce but parental or family abduction. Being able to bring awareness to the issue and give a voice to these victims was all the motivation we needed.”

Click here to read the full story from the Itasca County News.

Since being released in October, The Girls Are Gone has been a commercial and critical success. The Kindle Edition of The Girls Are Gone is currently listed on Amazon’s Best Sellers for True Crime Biographies.

 The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook. Click here to view a list of upcoming book events for Brodkorb and Mann.

Book event in Alexandria on Saturday

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will discuss and sign their new book, The Girls Are Gone at Cherry Street Books in Alexandria, Minnesota on Saturday, February 23 from 12 PM – 2 PM.

Since being released in October, The Girls Are Gone has been a commercial and critical success. The Kindle Edition of The Girls Are Gone is currently listed on Amazon’s Best Sellers for True Crime Biographies.

 The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook. Click here to view a list of upcoming book events for Brodkorb and Mann.

Book event on Saturday at Barnes & Noble in Eden Prairie

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will have a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Eden Prairie, Minnesota on Saturday, February 16, 2019, from 7 PM – 9 PM.

Since being released in October, The Girls Are Gone has been a commercial and critical success. The Kindle Edition of The Girls Are Gone is currently listed on Amazon’s Best Sellers for True Crime Biographies.

 The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook. Click here to view a list of upcoming book events for Brodkorb and Mann.

Restraining orders granted for stalking Brodkorb and Mann

A judge in Dakota County granted Harassment Restraining Orders (HRO) against a zealous supporter of Dede Evavold, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, and Michelle MacDonald, for harassing and stalking Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann.

The HROs were filed separately by Brodkorb and Mann against Terry Dean Nemmers of Glenwood, Minnesota.

Over the last three years, Nemmers (pictured above during a previous time in jail) has attempted to contact Brodkorb and Mann nearly 400 times, despite being instructed on multiple occasions to cease all contact. Most recently, Nemmers has taking premeditated steps to track and monitor Brodkorb and Mann’s public events to promote their new book, The Girls Are Gone.  Nemmers sent harassing and threatening emails to bookstores, trying to have Brodkorb and Mann’s book events canceled.

Nemmers has also posted pictures of Brodkorb’s wife and children – the same pictures that were surreptitiously taken of Brodkorb’s wife and children and distributed online.

The HROs – which remain in effect until February 2021 – note that Nemmers “[f]ollwed, pursued, or stalked” both Brodkorb and Mann.  Nemmers is prohibited from having any direct or indirect contact with Brodkorb and Mann. He is also prohibited from attending any of their appearances or book events. Continue reading

Book event at Bexter Book & Copy on Saturday

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will discuss and sign their new book, The Girls Are Gone at Bexter Book & Copy in Milaca, Minnesota on Saturday, February 9 from 7 PM – 9 PM.

Since being released in October, The Girls Are Gone has been a commercial and critical success. The Kindle Edition of The Girls Are Gone is currently listed on Amazon’s Best Sellers for True Crime Biographies.

 The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook. Click here to view a list of upcoming book events for Brodkorb and Mann.

Book event at SubText Books on Wednesday

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will discuss and sign their new book, The Girls Are Gone at Subtext Books in St. Paul, Minnesota on Wednesday, February 6 from 7 PM – 8 PM.

Since being released in October, The Girls Are Gone has been a commercial and critical success. The Kindle Edition of The Girls Are Gone is currently listed on Amazon’s Best Sellers for True Crime Biographies.

 The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook. Click here to view a list of upcoming book events for Brodkorb and Mann.