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Minnesota author Krueger speaks at Elmore event center

By Staff | Jul 14, 2019

Minnesota author William Kent Krueger spoke to an audience in Elmore last Thursday afternoon. Krueger, the author of the Cork O’Connor series of books and the novel Ordinary Grace, was at the new Heartland Event Center in Elmore. Above, Krueger is shown addressing the audience, reading from his new book called This Tender Land, available in September, and visiting with people and autographing copies of his novels. There was also a supper served after the program.

Minnesota author William Kent Krueger was in Elmore last Thursday afternoon and evening, as part of a program sponsored by the Friends of the Elmore Public Library Group.

Krueger, best known for his Cork O’Connor series of mystery novels set in northern Minnesota, spoke to a group of 25 to 30 people about his lifelong love of stories, books, libraries and writing.

He shared several stories both of his own life and others, to show the importance of storytelling. He also told about books which have influenced his life starting in his youth, from Horton Hatches an Egg by Dr. Suess, to the Bible, to Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, and many, many others.

Krueger is also the author of Ordinary Grace, a novel set in a southern Minnesota town, loosely based on New Ulm. Ordinary Grace was the featured book one year in the Blue Earth Area Reads program.

Krueger revealed to the group in Elmore that he has finished a new companion novel to Ordinary Grace which will be released on Sept. 5. Titled This Tender Land, it is not a sequel to Ordinary Grace, he explained, but rather is written in a similar style of novel about four children in 1932, running away and making their way by canoe down the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers. He read the prologue to the book to the audience.

He also revealed that the next Cork O’Connor novel, due out in September 2020, will be a prequel to the series. It will tell a story about Cork O’Connor’s early life, before he was featured in Krueger’s first novel, Iron Lake.

There are 14 books in the Cork O’Connor series and Krueger says he plans at least two more.

Krueger answered many questions, visited with folks there one-on-one, autographed copies of his books and stayed for a supper hosted by the Friends of the Elmore Library.

The entire program was held at the new Heartland Event Center, the former Trinity Lutheran Church, in Elmore.