Saalman book signing at Jasper Public Library Feb. 24

The Jasper Public Library invites you to a book signing featuring local humor columnist Scott Saalman, whose new collection of humor columns, Quietly Making Noise, is now available on Amazon.

The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 24, from 11:00 a.m. to noon. The $20 book can be purchased during the event via check, cash, or PayPal.

Quietly Making Noise is Saalman’s sixth collection of columns and essays. At over 200 pages, it is his most ambitious and funniest book to date. The book offers stories stretching from the 1980s to the 2020s when the world really got weird.

Saalman, who lived in Jasper 30+ years until relocating three years ago to Fishers, IN, will also be in Jasper that evening to perform in his latest comedy show “Wait . . . what?” which will raise money for Dove Recovery House For Women in Jasper. Dove Recovery House helps the most vulnerable women in our communities—women who have experienced physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; women who have experienced homelessness; women who are struggling with substance use disorder and have nowhere else to turn.

Saalman’s book can also be purchased at the show.

“Wait . . . what?” stars local actors performing dialogue penned by Saalman. It will take place at the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center Black Box Room at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24. Cocktail hour, which includes appetizers, begins at 6 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, online, or directly through Saalman on his Facebook page or via email ( The “Wait . . . what?” cast includes local actors Jasmine Bosler, Chris Dixon, Heath Kluemper, Kyle Rupert, and former Holland resident Jessica Dyer Campbell. Special musical guest is The Sisters of Second Avenue. Here is the link to order advanced tickets online: 

Saalman’s columns and essays currently appear in the Dubois County Free PressThe Ferdinand News, and The Hamilton County Reporter. Previously, he was a long-time columnist for The Dubois County Herald, and his columns also appeared for a couple of years in the Evansville Courier and Press before the paper gave him the boot due to dismal online readership analytics results. One of his essays aired on the Bob Edwards Show (Sirius/XM), and one was referenced as a “Notable Essay” in The Best American Essays 2012. His humor essays have aired on WNIN 88.3 public radio (Evansville). His essays also appeared in two anthologies: Home Again: Essays and Memoirs from Indiana (Indiana Historical Society Press, 2006) and This I Believe: On Love (John Wiley & Sons, 2011). His essay, “Do Not Endure Verbal, Emotional, or Physical Abuse,” appeared in The Morning News. His essays have also appeared in Twin City PBS’ Next Avenue and AARP Veteran Report and on the Indiana Humanities website.

His benefit shows Will Read and Sing For Food and a spin-off, Wait . . . what?, have raised $170,000 for dozens of charities, mostly in Southern Indiana.