Library Column for January 10, 2018

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As the weather revels in winter many of us begin dreaming of gardens, canoe trips and lazy days fishing. Here are some northern Minnesota warm memories to keep us all going through the cold days and colder nights. Deep Woods, Wild Waters by Douglas Wood is a memoir of the winding path through rocks, woods and waters that the creator of thirty four books took through life and nature. Brian Freeman is the creator of the character Jonathan Stride, a police lieutenant with the Duluth police force. His latest book is titled Marathon and in a terrifying echo of the Boston bombing features an explosion at the Duluth Marathon one rainy June morning. Heather Young has set her novel, The Lost Girls in a small vacation home on a remote Minnesota lake sixty-four years after six year old Emily vanishes. Emily’s sister has written the story of that summer and bequeathed the lake house to her niece Justine. Can Justine overcome the family’s legacy and save herself and her children?

Owen Laukkanen is a young up and coming thriller writer whose newest The Stolen Ones begins in Cass County, Minnesota on a rainy summer evening and soon finds BCA agents Stevens and Windermere traveling across half the country from Montana to New York. Joanne Fluke, another well-known Minnesota author has set Blackberry Pie Murder during a sleepy summer in Lake Eden, Minnesota.

Don’t forget about author John Sandford who has set two series of novels in Minneapolis and surrounding areas. Lucas Davenport is a P.I. whose books all have the word ‘Prey” in them, with the latest called Golden Prey. His character Virgil Flowers is a member of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and he returns to the town of Trippton, Minnesota when a woman is found dead, frozen in a block of ice just in time for a mid-winter class reunion, proving ‘high school is murder.’

And for those who revel in the cold and the activities it provides take a look at William Kent Krueger’s newest title Manitou Canyon set in the Boundary Waters as the first storm of November bears down. Tami Hoag whose books are set in Minneapolis has winter and bad weather play a part in some of her novels including The Bitter Season.

Explore all the seasons of an Ojibwe year in Onigamiising by Linda LeGarde Grover and discover the path to Mino Bimaadiziwin: living the good life. Come discover the wonders of Minnesota life in books.

The library will be closed on Monday, January 15th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, January 16th. Library hours are Monday – Wednesday 10am – 8pm, Thursday and Friday 10am – 6pm and Saturday 10am – 3pm.

Be sure and take a look at the artwork in the library lobby during January and February. Chris Klemetsen is the artist and we are already receiving some fantastic comments. Support your local artist, view their work, comment and purchase as able.