Washington County Library is excited to host several authors this fall, including local authors from Minnesota and the midwest. Check out this list of upcoming author events, both online and in-person. We hope you'll join us!
October 12, 1-2 P.M. | Wildwood Library
October 13, 6:30-7:30 P.M. | R.H. Stafford Library
Meet local author Spike Carlsen at two upcoming events! Spike is an author, journalist, woodworker, and speaker, who’s been exploring the world around us for 25 years. He’s the author of the recently released A Walk Around the Block: Stoplight Secrets, Mischievous Squirrels, Manhole Mysteries & Other Stuff You See Every Day (But Know Nothing About) as well as the award-winning A Splintered History of Wood: Belt Sander Races, Blind Woodworkers and Baseball Bats, Cabin Lessons. Carlsen and his wife Kat have 5 children, nine grandchildren, and live in a 165-year-old house in historic Stillwater, Minnesota.
Betty Brandt Passick
October 24, 6-7:30 P.M. | Oakdale Library
Betty Brandt Passick is an independent author, inspirational speaker, and teacher. An Iowa native, she now lives in the Twin Cities and is the author of the historical crime Gangster Series. Her debut novel Gangster in our Midst: Bookkeeper, Lieutenant, and Sometimes Hitman for Al Capone won a 2019 Top 100 Notable Indie Book Award from Shelf Unbound book review magazine. The second book in the series, The Black Bag of Dr. Wiltse: Murder on the Prairie, was published in 2021. It tells the story of a pioneer physician with an attraction to murder investigations who leaves Canada in the mid-1850s to settle in a small town in the Midwest. The third book in the series will be available in Summer 2023.
Karen McManus - TeenLit Takeover Event
October 24, 7-8 P.M. | Online
Young adult author Karen McManus will join us for a special virtual author visit! McManus is a #1 selling New York Times and international bestselling author of young adult thrillers. Her books include the One of Us Is Lying series, which has been turned into a television show on Peacock and Netflix, and the standalone novels Two Can Keep a Secret, The Cousins, You’ll Be the Death of Me, and Nothing More to Tell.
This program is part of Teen Lit Takeover: 60+ events, 41 days, 8 libraries supported by MELSA, and funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Register for this event to receive the Zoom link to attend!
November 10, 6-7 P.M | R.H. Stafford Library
Join local author Ade Ejiofor at R.H. Stafford Library as she discusses her book Travel Bravely: A Family’s Journey Through Sickle Cell Disease. When Adejoke Ejiofor and her husband learned their firstborn child had sickle cell anemia, they thought there must be a mistake. Only one of them had ever tested positive for the sickle cell trait - or so they thought. Thus began their family's yearslong journey on the road to their son's better health.
Junauda Petrus - TeenLib Takeover Event
November 15, 7-8 P.M. | Online
Young adult author Junauda Petrus is the author of The Stars And The Blackness Between Them, winner of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award. This program is part of Teen Lit Takeover: 60+ events, 41 days, 8 libraries supported by MELSA and funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Register for this event to receive the Zoom link to attend!
November 30, 7-8 P.M. | Online
Cozy up with a cup of cocoa and listen to chilling tales from author, lecturer, and researcher Chad Lewis. Winter may seem like a quiet time, but it is actually filled with bizarre tales and stories of Santa Claus, Krampus the Christmas monster, New Year's Eve superstitions, snow days, stories of little people, the deadly Wendigo, how to predict a hard winter, and numerous other Holiday traditions for the darkest days of the year.
This program is funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Register for this event to receive the Zoom link to attend!