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Authors, artists showcase talents at the Festival of Authors and Artists in Dorset

Chris Monroe signs her book, "Monkey with a Toolbelt and the Seaside Shenanigans," which she wrote and illustrated.1 / 2
Will Weaver describes his book "Red Earth, White Earth," first published in 1986.2 / 2

Many talented and esteemed Minnesota authors and artists made their way to Sister Wolf Books and the streets of Dorset last Friday for the Festival of Authors and Artists. They arrived to talk about and display their writing or art, and answer many questions from their fans.

An author's goal is to "Write locally, but with universal ideas," according to Will Weaver, local author of several well known books. This seems to be a common theme of all the authors and artists at the event.

The 27 authors and artists that were at the event all grew up in Minnesota, either in the Twin Cities, or rural areas and small towns.

People streamed in and out of Sister Wolf Books throughout the day, eager to hear the tales of all the amazing artists and authors, and to see their beautiful artworks.

Some authors, such as Kim Bettcher, wrote children's books, encouraging kids to play outside and have a better lifestyle. Others, like Ervin Oelke, provide a more factual account, like the entire history of the grain in his book entitled, "Saga of the Grain," and how it pertains to Minnesota.

All genres, themes and art forms were displayed throughout the day, with a little something for everyone to enjoy.

Artists showed off different types of art for all to see and enjoy, such as local Park Rapids artist Nate Jorgenson.

Several people who attended agreed that having all these talented individuals come to the little town of Dorset was an amazing opportunity for everyone, and were very glad to be able to enjoy it so thoroughly.

With different authors and artists coming in every two hours throughout the day, there was never a dull moment.