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Have you always thought of writing a mystery, but been unsure how to get started? If so, consider attending the annual Mystery Writers Workshop at the Galleria Barnes and Noble (3230 Galleria in Edina, MN) on Sat., Oct. 19 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. It will be led by award-winning Twin Cities mystery writer Marilyn Jax. There is a preview story in this week's edition of the MN Sun Sailor.
The event being held in honor of the Month of Mystery (October) is free, but pre-registration is required through this eventbrite link. Here are details on the event: Whether you’ve been writing for a while, or are new to the craft, this workshop is for you. Attendees will learn how to incorporate intriguing plots, haunting characters, clues, twists and turns, red herrings, and more into their work, then hone their new skills through writing exercises. Participants learn a great deal, and become excited about the writing process. A question and answer session is included. The workshop lasts for three hours and is appropriate for all levels of writers.
About Marilyn Jax - A veteran senior government enforcement investigator for close to two decades, and a retired Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), the author lives in Minnesota and the Caribbean and enjoys spending time in Miami and Montana. She is a 32-time national/international award-winning mystery author. Books in Jax's Caswell & Lombard series include: The Find, Road to Omalos, Sapphire Trails, Never in Ink and The Ploy. Watch for book six in the series, I Heard Everything, coming in 2020.Marilyn Jax also has a story in "Cooked to Death, Tales of Crime and Cookery," a mystery anthology. Learn more about her work at MarilynJax.com.
Hamline University Creative Writing Professor Sheila O'Connor's latest book, Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts, and Fictions, officially launches on Sat., Oct. 26 with a presentation and signing at Moon Palace Books, located at 3032 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406. At the event, O'Connor will share the very personal story of how the book came about, and discuss her writing and research process.
While trying to help her mother, who had been adopted, track down her maternal grandmother, O’Connor uncovered some interesting facts about Minnesota history. Turns out her maternal grandmother had been imprisoned at the Minnesota Home School for Girls in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. It is a little known fact that in 1936 specifically, at the time of her mother’s birth, the majority of girls—including one as young as nine—were sentenced to the facility for the offense of ‘immorality,’ and, regardless of the age they entered, they weren’t released until the age of 21. O’Connor never met her maternal grandmother, but in her latest novel, she imagines what the woman might have been like, and how she ended up there.
Stories about the book are pending in both the Pioneer Press (Oct. 20) and Star Tribune (Date TBA).
In addition to the launch event, O'Connor will also appear at the Rain Taxi's Twin Cities Book Festival on Sat., Oct. 12, Next Chapter Booksellers in St. Paul on Sun., Nov. 3; Zenith Bookstore in Duluth, Minn., on Tues., Nov.5, and the Hennepin County Public Library in Edina on Tues., Nov. 12.
Learn more about Evidence of V at SheilaOConnor.com.
Elliott Foster's latest novel, Panic River, published by Calumet Editions, officially launches with a party at the Black Dog Cafe in St. Paul on Sat., Nov. 2.
Panic River is the story of Corey Fischer, a gay man on the cusp of his 40s. As the story gets underway, he stands to lose all connections in his life, from his family, which has disowned him because of his sexuality, to his chosen husband Nick, who has betrayed his trust. His artistic pursuits do not hold the promise they once did, either, and this is one of the reasons Nick, who has been largely supporting them, has grown distant and disappointed.
In her review of the book, D. Donovan, the senior reviewer for Midwest Book Review says, "In many ways, Panic River is the quintessential story of middle-age revelations and angst; but it also presents an edgy exploration of the impact of an inheritance which changes everything and exposes the darker underside of a much-changed relationship.... Elliott Foster excels at creating a hard-hitting story that begins softly, with a life on the verge of big changes, and then moves into the protagonist's ability to accept illusion and, finally, reality. This forces him - and readers - to understand not only the pull and power of past influences, but their ability to craft and warp present-day reality."
Learn more about the book at Elliottfoster.com.
A lot of people are convinced that dogs know exactly what's going on around them, and if they could talk, boy would they have a lot to say. Well, the latest adventures of a Lina, a Toy Australian Shephard who has figured out how to commuicate with humans, thanks to help from her owner, are shared in a new book being launched at the Barnes and Noble Galleria in Edina, Minn., on Sat., Nov. 9. The public event begins at 2 p.m.
In Sit Stay Pray, the topsy-turvy life she first wrote about in Lina Unleashed, has only gotten crazier! There's the time Momma set the house on fire by mistake (presumably) and Lina almost got arrested during a photo shoot. Proceeds from this laugh-out-loud funny book will be donated to two great causes: the Animal Humane Society, which cares for over 23,000 animals per year, and Helping Paws of Minnesota, which breeds, trains, and places assistance dogs to help the disabled, veterans, and first responders with PTSD.
Learn more about the book on Lina's website: Linasdogblog.com.