Library Associates to Present William Kent Krueger
Date: October 9, 2014
Times: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Kresge Recital Hall, Humanities Building
Ticket Info: Tickets will be available at the door. General admission is $5; children and Augustana students are free.
The Augustana Library Associates presents New York Times best-selling Minnesota author, William Kent Krueger, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, in Kresge Recital Hall.
Tickets will be available at the door. General admission is $5; children and Augustana students are free. For information call the Mikkelsen Library at 605.274.4921.
About the Speaker
Using the mystery genre, William Kent Krueger has, with the release of his thirteenth book, "Tamarack County" (2013), in the Cork O'Connor series, brought the world of the north woods of Minnesota to life for thousands of readers. Cork O’Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County, is a man of mixed heritage — part Irish and part Ojibwe. Krueger's descriptions of O'Connor's friends, family, and heritage enrich the stories as he weaves fact with folklore. Small-town life is captured in picturesque detail with contemporary themes as diverse as political greed, racial tension, drug trafficking, and development vs. natural resources.
In addition to the O'Connor series, Krueger has written two stand-alone novels: "Ordinary Grace" (2013), a tale of fury, guilt, and redemption which won the 2013 Edgar Award for Best Novel and "The Devil's Bed" (2003), a political thriller set in Minnesota. His work has received a number of other awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize.
Forthcoming is Krueger's next O'Connor book, "Windigo Island," based on a story the Native community in Minnesota asked him to write. It is scheduled for release in August 2014.
Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, Krueger briefly attended Stanford University — before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota. He and his wife live in St. Paul.
About the Augustana Library Associates
As a support group for the Mikkelsen Library, the Augustana Library Associates strengthen the financial base of the library to promote the expansion of library holdings and services and to enhance opportunities for academic excellence. Additionally, the Library Associates provide a program of cultural events and continuing education for the benefit of members, the College and the community.