About Tree Fort Books

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Short Stories for Your Tree Fort

Tree Fort BooksTree Fort Books is the publishing arm of author Anthony Trendl. His playful children’s tales evoke the charm of Edward Lear, Mark Twain and James Thurber with just a touch of the fantastic. ​

“I thought about my days growing up near Chicago, reading and playing in my friend Brian’s tree fort high up in a maple tree.”

That’s the idea. Short stories you can read in 10-30 minutes. Nothing complicated. Just fun.

Short stories have power. Their versatility can deliver powerful messages or simple folk tales, bringing the reader to a new place quickly.

As a speechwriter, he uses short story techniques daily with his clients. He’s written a myriad of TED Talks, commencement addresses for places like Harvard and UCLA, and keynote speeches raising millions of dollars. His poems have been published by national magazines and he have ghostwritten over 100 essays, book chapters and articles. Stories are part of that writing, but here, they are the focus.

Reading in a Tree“I’ve been reading in trees all my life. From my parent’s corkscrew willows, to the tree fort up the road, to a tree in the Quad at Illinois State University (that’s me working on a villanelle, to trees beyond, and trees soon again.”

That’s the goal. Let’s go find some books for the tree fort.

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photo credit: Sean Dixon, ISU Daily Vidette


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