Dave Olesen

Dave Olesen

Dave Olesen left Minnesota in 1987 and settled in the Northwest Territories of Canada, 170 miles northeast of the city of Yellowknife. There he, his wife Kristen, and their daughters Annika and Liv reside on a remote homestead on the coast of McLeod Bay of Great Slave Lake.  Dave, who is also an experienced musher and pilot, is the author of Cold Nights, Fast Trails and North of Reliance, books that grew from his homesteading experiences. A Wonderful Country comes from Dave’s time in Minnesota, when he recorded and transcribed stories from Minnesota-Ontario Canoe Country old-timer Bill Magie. Dave writes, “Fifteen hundred miles and nearly a hundred years now stand between my life and some of the stories collected here, but as I read them from here I am struck again by the essential unity of the North. Beneath a curve of years and miles it is one broad sweep – granite and lakes, wind and snow, spruce and birch, wolf and moose.”



Our Awards

Raven Productions book awards include:

  • Eric Hoffer Book Award
  • Eric Hoffer "da Vinci eye" Award (for cover art)
  • Northeastern Minnesota Book Award
  • Lupine Award
  • Independent Publisher Book Award
  • Midwest Book Award
  • The Moonbeam Children’s Book Award
  • Next Generation Indie Book Award

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