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Shakespeare Program: June 3rd, 6:30 p.m.

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GREAT RIVER SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

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Monday, June 3, 2013

6:30 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library

 

Calling all Shakespeare fans!

Interested in learning more about the Great River Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 productions Henry V and Twelfth Night? Join GRSF staff for a discussion of the stories, the historical contexts, the process of producing a play by the Bard, and the company’s unique approach to these two pieces. The workshop will spend about half of the hour-long session on each play. Participants will have plenty of time to ask questions about the plays, the season, and the company.

Copies of the two plays will be available for checkout. A limited number of free theater passes will be available after June 15th.

This program is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Rescheduled: Whitewater P.O.W. Camp, May 22nd, 7:00 p.m.

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PRISONER OF WAR CAMP AT THE STATE PARK 1944–45

Dr. Rick Musser

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

7:00 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library

 

Soldiers from Hitler’s Afrika Korps spent the summers of 1944 and 1945 in Minnesota. They were put to work in fields, woods and canning plants across Minnesota. Whitewater State Park was the site of one of their POW camps. Dr. Rick Musser, a retired journalism professor, will present pictures and stories of the captured German men and boys, some as young as 16, who lived and worked in southeastern Minnesota.

 

Author Visit: April 25th, 6:30 p.m.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

6:30 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library

Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 100 books for children and teens, including 2012 Minnesota Book Award Winner BookSpeak! Poems about Books, and Minnesota Book Award Finalists A Leaf Can Be…. (2013) and Stampede! Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School (2010). She loves to introduce kids to poetry and help them find poems they can relate to, no matter what their age, mood, and personality. She has also written numerous nonfiction books. See more about Laura and her work at http://laurasalas.com/

This visit, part of the Southeastern Libraries Cooperating 2013 Poets at the Library Tour, is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Author Visit: April 9th, 6:30 p.m.

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Mystery Author Panel

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

6:30 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library

D.A. Lampi is a transplanted New Yorker living in southeastern Minnesota with her husband, children and a sheltie named Scout. Her first mystery novel, Shadow Play, debuts in June 2013. Repercussions, a literary novel about the choices we make, will be published in summer 2013. She lives in Rochester.

Author Visit: April 9th, 6:30 p.m.

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Mystery Author Panel

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

6:30 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Mickie Turk has worked independently and commercially in film, photography, and journalism for the past 20 years. She wrote, directed, and produced several films, both short and feature-length narratives and documentaries. Wayward Girls, which appeared in festivals and on PBS, can be found in libraries across the United States and Canada. Between 1992 and 2004, Mickie traveled extensively to photograph and film—to New Orleans and the south, to Cuba, and to Russia and Ukraine. In the past eight years, Mickie completed three novels, four feature-length screenplays, a variety of short stories and memoirs, and has begun a suspense series. She also serves on the organizing committee for the Edina Music and Film Festival. One of Mickie’s favorite activities is keeping up with her globetrotting daughter, whose travels have included Peace Corps service in Bulgaria and teaching English in South Korea.

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After a long absence, Dr. Dominique Doucette returns to her hometown to open a reform prison for violent male offenders. Immediately, bullying by a local sheriff and a backlash of community resentment threaten to shut down the facility. But when a series of assaults occur in nearby New Orleans, Dominique is forced to confront twin devils: the evil lurking inside the walls of the antebellum institution, and the disturbing secret that haunts her own past.

Author Visit: April 9th, 6:30 p.m.

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Colin T. Nelson

Mystery Author Panel

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

6:30 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library

Colin T. Nelson grew up in a small town in southern Minnesota. He has worked as both a prosecutor and public defender for over thirty years where he’s seen cases that could never be used on reality TV—they’re too real; no one would believe them! His books are page turners, and he wants to teach readers something new in every book that they didn’t know before. In addition to a pair of thrillers Fallout (nominated for the Minnesota Book Awards) and Reprisal, he’s written a financial handbook called, When Can I Tell My Boss, I Quit! Colin also plays a tenor sax in a jazz group called BlueMood.

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Zehra Hassan, Minneapolis lawyer, gets wind through a client of a plot to blow up the nuclear power station in Monticello, Minnesota. Her effort to thwart the terrorists eventually involves several agencies, a trip to Northern Minnesota in the midst of a blizzard, and delving into the world of fundamental Christian end-of-days cults.

Author Visit: April 9th, 6:30 p.m.

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Christine Husom

Mystery Author Panel

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

6:30 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library

Christine Husom, a lifelong Minnesota resident, is a former corrections officer, mental health practitioner, and deputy sheriff. She holds an undergraduate degree from Concordia University in St. Paul, and a law enforcement certificate from Metropolitan State. Husom feels called to solving mysteries, and she loves the stories of other mystery writers who know how to make fiction as strange as real life. She is the author of the Winnebago County mystery series: Murder in Winnebago County (2008), Buried in Wolf Lake (2009), An Altar by the River (2010), and The Noding Field Mystery (2012).

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When a man’s naked body is found staked out in a farmer’s soybean field, Sergeant Corinne Aleckson and Detective Elton Dawes are called to the scene. The cause of death is not apparent, and the significance of why he was placed there is a mystery. As Aleckson, Dawes, and the rest of their Winnebago Sheriff’s Department team gather evidence and look for suspects and motive, they hit one dead end after another. What will it take to solve the case?

Author Visit: April 9th, 6:30 p.m.

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Erin Hart

Mystery Author Panel

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

6:30 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library

Erin Hart’s archaeological crime novels are set in the mysterious boglands of Ireland. Her debut, Haunted Ground (2003), won the Friends of American Writers award and Romantic Times’ Best First Mystery, was shortlisted for Anthony and Agatha awards, and translated into eleven foreign languages. Lake of Sorrows (2004) was shortlisted for a Minnesota Book Award, and False Mermaid (2010) was named by ALA/Booklist as one of the Top Ten Crime Novels of 2010. Her latest, The Book of Killowen, was published in March 2013. Erin lives in Saint Paul with her husband, Irish musician Paddy O’Brien, and travels frequently to Ireland to carry out essential research in bogs and cow pastures, castles and pubs.

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What sort of book is worth a man’s life? After a year away from working in the field, archaeologist Cormac Maguire and pathologist Nora Gavin are back in the bogs, investigating a ninth-century body found buried in the trunk of a car. They discover that the ancient corpse is not alone—pinned beneath it is the body of Benedict Kavanagh, missing for mere months and familiar to television viewers as a philosopher who enjoyed destroying his opponents in debate. Both men were viciously murdered, but centuries apart—so how did they end up buried together in the bog? While on the case, Cormac and Nora lodge at Killowen, a nearby artists’ colony and organic farm and sanctuary for eccentric souls. Digging deeper into the older crime, they become entangled in high-stakes intrigue encompassing Kavanagh’s death while surrounded by suspects in his ghastly murder. It seems that everyone at Killowen has some secret to protect. Set in modern-day Ireland, The Book of Killowen delves deep into the mysteries of the past, revealing a new twist on the power of language—and on the eternal mysteries of good and evil.

Mystery Author Panel: April 9th, 6:30 p.m.

Have you ever wondered where authors get their ideas? How does one write a convincing thriller without actually murdering someone?

Join Minnesota mystery authors Erin Hart, Christine Husom, Colin T. Nelson, Mickie Turk, and D. A. Lampi for a discussion of their newest books and the writing process.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

6:30 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library

The Library has books by these authors if you would like to check them out beforehand. There is more information about the authors and their books in the following posts.

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This program is presented by the Twin Cities Chapter of Sisters in Crime, an international organization working to promote women mystery writers.

 

Author Visit: February 26th, 7:00 p.m.

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Kim Heikkila

Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

7:00 PM

St. Charles Public Library

Kim Heikkila earned her Ph.D. in American Studies, with a minor in Feminist Studies, from the University of Minnesota in 2002. Her dissertation, G.I. Gender: Vietnam War-Era Women Veterans and U.S. Citizenship, was based on interviews with twenty women Vietnam veterans, both nurses and enlisted and line officer women, from across the country. After completing graduate school, Heikkila began an oral history project for the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) that focused on nurses who had served in the war. She conducted fifteen oral history interviews for this project; they are now available in the Oral History collection at the MHS. These interviews became the basis of Sisterhood of War.

Sisterhood of War was a 2012 Minnesota Book Award finalist.

 

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This author visit is part of the Southeastern Libraries Cooperating 2013 Winter Author Tour. This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.