On Saturday, August 2nd from 2-4PM, we will be hosting the second annual Willmar Area Author Round Table at the library. We have 7 authors slatted to attend, all living within about an hour radius of Willmar. The books include fiction, nonfiction, mystery, and romance. This week, I will highlight a little information about the authors and their works. The event will include a panel discussion followed by a meet and greet. All attendees will be entered to win copies of the books authors have chosen to donate. Don’t miss out on your chance to meet these local authors and read their books!
Chuck Brown is a retired corporate manager who has written three novels and numerous short stories that have been published in regional literary magazines. His novels, Barn Dance (2006), The Lake Hayes Regatta (2010), and Dunn Days (2013) are all humorous satires set in fictional Minnesota Locations.
Cynthia Coyle resides in Spicer and wrote a book titled My Little “Schnook-Doodles” *A True Story (2014), a personal account of her experiences with Schnook-Doodles, an orphan fawn who lived with her for seven months.
Megan Kiffmeyer is originally from St. Cloud and now resides with her family in Kimball, MN. Her husband is a firefighter and wrote her novel based on that experience. Her book, Moving On (2014), is about a woman whose firefighter husband dies while responding to a call. She fears finding new love but when sparks fly with a new member of the fire department, she must decide if she will take another chance on a fireman.
Doug Knick and his wife are new to the area, moving to Spicer to open up a charter school called DREAM Technical Academy that will open this fall on the MinnWest Technology Campus. His book, The Kingdom of Collectible Treasures (2013), gives the reader an inside look at the job of a pastor, taking readers inside the worship services that serve as backdrops for the stories presented.
Cinda Kohls is a retired teacher from Nevada who now splits her time between her hometown and her summer cottage, both in Minnesota. Her book, The Narrow Gate (2013), is written under her pen name K.L. Keith. In the book, crime reporter Sophie Stangler, diagnosed with a brain tumor, turns to God for guidance and works to solve what she believes will be her last case. The big question is whether she’ll have enough time.
Arthur Norby is a well known sculptor from New London who has written two books. His first book, Journey – the Art of Arthur Norby (2002), focuses on his sculptors and the transformation of clay into figure. His new book, The Deadly Winter (2014), is a historical narrative about the death of a transient worker that causes one community to be rocked by subsequent tragedies.
Gene Stark lives, writes and works in rural Minnesota. He enjoys all sorts of outdoor activities when not engaged in work or writing. He has four books published, all focused on different themes. Flyover Seasons (2011) is a work of poetry that takes the reader on a journey through the seasons of the land. Tracks in the Mud (2012) is a historical memoir that tracks through the times of the wild fur trade in rural mid-America. Water and Dirt (2013) focuses on the hardships and joys of living in Minnesota in the 1960s. His latest novel, Deep Tracks to Follow (2014) is about the bond between humans and canines.