Reviews & Events


So Many Africas is an extremely thoughtful book, one that doesn’t flinch from the hard stuff, but digs in deeply and fully explores cross-cultural living. 

I devoured So Many Africas, and was touched on many levels.

Highly, highly recommended! 

Kandel writes with terse, imagistic prose.


Kandel’s memoir, spare and immediate,

takes the reader to the villages of Zambia,

where she is immersed in a world far different from

North Dakota.


Told in a series of lyrical snapshots … So Many Africas

is a meditation on marriage and life,

what two people know and don’t know

when they begin a journey together.


Jill’s honesty makes this book worth reading,

and her evocative writing

makes it worth recommending

to everyone you know.


This memoir overflows with you [Jill],

with the beauty and severity of your life in Africa,

and with your own passionate voice.


It hit me to the core.

I loved this book. ~ Lauren


It’s beautiful and hard

and healing and real. ~ Lark 


“It’s like rich chocolate,

and I don’t want to let it be finished.” ~ Merry


I wasn’t prepared for what this book would reveal

about her [Jill], how her spirit would be laid bare,

and how it would help me to consider

my own personal Africas. ~ Sharon



I’ve spoken at libraries, book clubs, writing retreats and writing conventions. Everything from AWP Seattle, to the Creative Nonfiction Conference in Pittsburgh, to multiple book clubs and women’s events Fargo.


I love speaking about writing, women, and courage. I’m also passionate about the power of words and teach women at a local jail.


If  you love books or would like to learn about Africa, journal writing, courage, the power of words, and a life lived in-between cultures, send me an email. I’d love to hear from you.


It’s a great, big beautiful globe. And I’d love to talk to you and your friends about it.


Sarton Award Celebration, Reading and Book Signing! 

Sarton Women's Literary Award [11697225]

Story Circle Network 8th
Women’s Writing Conference
April 15-17, 2016
Wyndham Hotel, Austin, Texas



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Fargo Public Library, Fargo N.D. 

Celebrating Friends of the Library Week

Thursday, October 22, 2015

7:00 p.m.

Speaking along with author Terry Hinnenkamp


“From the Trails of Africa to the Ghost Towns of North Dakota” 








Valley City Public Library

Monday, October, 19, 2015 

7:00 p.m.

Reading, signing, refreshments




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PEO Main Meeting

September 22, 2015 

First Presbyterian Church, Fargo




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Lynn Moore Book Club

September 10, 2015

Book Discussion

Fargo Public Library 

7:00 p.m.





Fine Arts Club, Book Discussion

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

1:00 p.m.






Capture PEO







Tuesday, September 22, 2015 

P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women CELEBRATE the advancement of women; EDUCATE women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College and MOTIVATE women to achieve their highest aspirations.



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Salem Book Club

May 27, 2015 

7:00 p.m.



Capture, AHP Reading


Creative Nonfiction Reading 

East End Book Exchange, Pittsburgh

Thursday, May 21, 7:00 p.m.

Reading sponsored by Autumn House Press 

I’ll be reading along with author LORI JAKIELA! 



Capture, Zandbroz Event






Zandbroz Book signing. 

Saturday, April 25th. 

1:00 – 3:00 

420 Broadway, Fargo 


Capture, NDSU

 NDSU International Women’s Club: speaking 

April 16, 2015

7:00 p.m.



ND Today, Capture







9:45 a.m. Tuesday April 14. 

T.V. show: North Dakota Today show guest speaker



AWP Capture






    Location: Minneapolis Convention Center

    Date: Thursday April 9th, 2015

    Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

    Place: Autumn House Booth # 815




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Baby Bouncer Book Club 

Monday, March 30, 2015 

8:00 p.m. 



Jill Kandel, Library, book signing event

Moorhead Library Book Talk & Signing 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

7:00 p.m. 



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February 27, 2015 

7:00 p.m.



Riverview Place Book Talk 

February 24, 2015

2:00 p.m.



River Pointe Book Talk 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

1:30 p.m. 




PEO Book Club

 Feb. 19, 2015 

9:00 a.m. 




Prairie Public 1

Monday January 26th 2015

Prairie Public Radio Show