Posted by: gdevi | September 30, 2010

Bikers, Books, and Bombs in Iraq – Darwin Holmstrom

Go listen to Darwin, nation! When we were all in grad school, Darwin wanted to prove Garrison Keillor wrong about what it means to be from the mid-west. Way to go, Darwin! I’ll be there in spirit. Gayatri.



“Bikers, Books, and Bombs in Iraq”

It’s nice to come home.  It’s especially nice when you can say you’ve written, co-written, or ghost written 17 books while you’ve been gone.  Darwin Holmstrom, UND English alum, class of 1993, has been a busy man since graduating with his Master’s degree in English.  He is currently the senior acquisitions editor for MBI Publishing and will be returning to Grand Forks for UND Homecoming on Oct. 8th.  Holmstrom is a former motorcycle racer who claims to have “experienced more than one subdural hematoma.”

Holmstrom’s eclectic subject matter ranges from histories and how-to books about cars and motorcycles to cheesy pulp fiction action-adventure novels. Some readers may be familiar with Bristol’s Bastards, a memoir written with Nick Maurstad, a MN National Guardsmen whose roommate, Cory Rystad from Red Lake Falls, was killed on December 2, 2006 when their Humvee hit an IED in Anbar Province.

Holmstrom’s other books include Let’s Ride: Sonny Barger’s Guide to Riding the Right Way, for Life, BMW Motorcycles (for those not in the know, Barger is a founding member of the Hell’s Angels), GTO: Pontiac’s Great One, The Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Archive Collection, Hemi Muscle Cars, Camaro: Forty Years, Muscle: America’s Legendary Performance Cars, Billy Lane’s Chop Fiction, Honda Gold Wing, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Motorcycles.

Holmstrom and Maurstad will read from their work at the UND Bookstore at noon and six p.m. on Friday, October 8th.  An informal reception for the authors will take place in Whitey’s “Stone Room” after the evening reading.  They are sure to have more than a few stories to share.

Kathleen Coudle-King

Sr. Lecturer – Dept. of English & Women Studies
Director, UND Moviemaking Camp for Youth & Adults
University of North Dakota
Box 7209
Grand Forks, ND 58202


  1. Gayatri, thank you for posting this. I was looking for information on my relatives in Sweden and I found your blog. I can’t wait to read it. It looks interesting. I hope you are doing well.


    • You are welcome Darwin! I hope you had a good turnout in GF! If you’re in the Northeast let me know. Say hello to all! Best-Gayatri

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