Virtual Author Talk with Brian Freeman

Every Tuesday evening in May, SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) will be hosting a series of author talks over Zoom as part of the 2021 Minnesota Author Tour.  The program is possible due to support from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the Minnesota Library Legacy Program.

The author tour will begin on Tuesday, May 4 at 6:30pm with a talk with Brian Freeman.  Brian Freeman is a New York Times bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Jonathan Stride and Frost Easton series.

Freeman has also been selected by the Robert Ludlum estate to take over Ludlum’s Jason Bourne series in a new book published in 2020.  Since 2005, Freeman has sold books in 46 countries and 22 languages. His stand-alone novel “Spilled Blood” won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the International Thriller Writers Awards, and his novel “The Burying Place” was a finalist for the same award.  His thriller “The Night Bird” was one of the top 20 Kindle bestsellers of 2017, and his audiobook mystery “The Deep, Deep Snow” was a #1 Audible and Amazon Audio bestseller.

Freeman’s debut novel, “Immoral,” won the Macavity Award and was a finalist for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry awards for Best First Novel.  “Immoral” was also chosen as International Book of the Month by book clubs around the world.  His novels “The Bone House” and “Season of Fear” were both named finalists for the Audie Award for Best Audiobook in Thriller/Suspense.  He won the Minnesota Book Award for his novel “The Voice Inside” and has been a finalist for the award four other times.

Freeman’s writing has been praised by critics and bestselling authors alike, including Michael Connelly, Nelson DeMille, Jeffery Deaver, and Lisa Gardner. “A master of psychological suspense,” Gardner said of Freeman. London’s Daily Mail called Freeman “up there with Harlan Coben in the psychological crime stratosphere.” Freeman has lived in Minnesota with his wife, Marcia, for more than 30 years.

Brian Freeman will have his author talk on Tuesday, May 4 at 6:30pm.
Meeting ID: 837 9508 9919

One Book, One Minnesota

One Book | One Minnesota is a statewide book club that invites Minnesotans of all ages to read a common title and come together virtually to enjoy, reflect, and discuss.  The book pick for spring 2021 is “Slider” by Pete Hautman.  For more information on the program and to register for the April 21 virtual author talk, click here.

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Volunteer Wanted

Do you like art? Do you have artistic friends? The St. Charles Public Library is looking for a volunteer to organize rotating displays of works created by local artists. If you are interested, please call the library at 932-3227 or email