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Town of Dorset celebrates authors, artists at annual festival

Dorset Mayor Robert “Bobby” Tufts signs copies of his cookbook during Dorset’s Festival of Authors and Artists.

By Nick Longworth

On a rainy day, reading enthusiasts may often find themselves engaged in a good book, possibly written by one of their favorite authors around the state of Minnesota.

On a rainy Saturday, June 28 residents of Dorset and avid readers alike were able to meet some of these authors when 35 different authors and illustrators gathered in shifts to make themselves available in Sister Wolf Books on the boardwalk of Dorset.

Throughout the course of the day authors were available to meet their fans, sign autographs or answer questions from fans.

“We’ve been doing this event for about eight years, and when it started it was just the bookstore. A few years ago it became a town event. I still take care of the authors’ part, and other people secure musicians and other artists,” said Sally Wizik Wills, who owns Sister Wolf Books with her husband Bob.

“I want to give authors an opportunity to meet the public, and I want to give my customers an opportunity to meet and greet authors. Today it’s an opportunity to meet them and hear their story. Maybe it’s a current favorite author, or maybe it’s a new favorite that they will meet today. It’s the best. There’s a real synergy when you have a bunch of (authors) together rather than 35 different signings. It ranges from people who are self-published to New York Times bestselling authors – we try and run the whole gamut.”

Brian Freeman performed a reading from his book “Cold Nowhere” at 1:30 p.m. on the boardwalk and Julie Kramer followed at 3:45 with a reading from her book “Delivering Death.” Both have been New York Times bestselling authors.

“It’s a great day in Dorset. This is just a piece of it,” Wizik Wills said.

“I was walking the Heartland Trail with my dogs and I thought I would stop in and see what everything was all about,” said Mary Frank, a first time attendee at the festival, although a resident of Dorset.

“It looks like there are a bunch of great authors here and it’s nice to look at the different books they are representing. I think Dorset always puts on a great show no matter what they are doing; whether it’s Taste of Dorset, or this. It’s a great way to support local writers, and the community here,” Frank said.

The Mayor of Dorset, Robert Tufts, also braved a broken hand to make a celebrity appearance on the boardwalk from noon to 1 p.m. and again from 5-6 p.m., offering copies of his new book, as well as fielding questions from interested passersby.

Nick Longworth
A graduate from St. Cloud State University, Nick photographs and writes a variety of stories for nearly every section of The Park Rapids Enterprise. His duties also include section layouts and online content submission.
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