Writers of nearly every genre will gather Saturday, June 20 in downtown Park Rapids for Author Fest.  

“This is a great opportunity for people to interact with authors, meet new authors, and if you wish, purchase their books and have them signed,” said Sally Wills, co-owner of Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery, which hosts the event.  About 25 authors are currently slated to meet and greet readers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  

The impressive line-up of Minnesotan authors wielded their pens to write memoirs, fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, Native American literature and children’s books.  New York Times best-selling author William Kent Krueger will read from his latest mystery novel, “Windigo Island,” at 3:30 p.m.  Krueger’s book – the fourteenth in his Cork O’Connor series – is set in the northwoods of Minnesota. The award-winning author makes his home in St. Paul.  “He’s a great supporter of independent book stores,” Wills noted.  Karen Babine, a 1997 Nevis High School graduate, will read from her newly published book of essays, “Water and What We Know,” at 1 p.m.  Babine writes about places and experiences familiar to Hubbard County residents.  Local illustrator Dawn Rossbach and author Linda Henry will sign their children’s book, “The Cookie Garden” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Rossbach teaches art at Menahga High School. Henry founded “The Talking Stick” literary journal, and currently lives in White Bear Lake.  

 Their Kickstarter-funded project includes a do-it-yourself cookie seed packet and instructions on growing your own cookie garden.  “We’re very pleased with the results of the book and sales are right where our publisher thought they would be,” said Rossbach.  “It been really fun to see Facebook posts of parents and teachers reading ‘The Cookie Garden’ to kids and actually planting and harvesting their own cookie gardens,” added Henry. “I’m really looking forward to the Minnesota authors event back in my old stomping grounds.”

 Other notable, visiting authors are as follows:  n Margi Preus of Duluth, a New York Times best-selling children’s book author and playwright, will be signing “Enchantment Lake: A Northwoods Mystery.”  n Critically acclaimed writer Jessica Lourey will sign the latest in her Murder-by-Month mysteries, “February Fever.” She is a tenured professor of creative writing and sociology at a Minnesota college.  n Shawn Lawrence Otto, screenwriter and co-producer of the Oscar-nominated film “House of Sand and Fog,” has written a novel about the American dream called “Sins of Our Fathers.” He lives in St. Croix.  n Sue Doeden, host of “Good Food, Good Life 365” on Lakeland Public Television, will share her cookbook, “Homemade with Honey.”  n Author, blogger and humorist Angie Bailey is promoting her book “Texts from Mittens.”  n Mary Relindes Ellis tells the story of immigrant culture in a St. Paul river village in her second novel, “Bohemian Flats.”  n Midge Bubany is a retired teacher, living in Minneapolis, who has written “The Equalizer.”  n Mark Munger is a District Court judge and lifelong resident of Minnesota. He wrote “Sukulaiset: The Kindred, a sequel to his epic novel of Finnish immigration to the U.S.  n Mark Van Steenwyk is a Mennonite minister. He’s promoting his new children’s book, “A Wolf at the Gate,” which explores nonviolence and economic justice.  n A St. Paul homicide detective is the main character in Christopher Valen’s “Death’s Way.”  n John Clauer, a longtime Park Rapids resident, explores God’s guidance of history and plan for an end-of-days in his new book, “God’s Chessboard.”  n Linda LeGarde Grover follows a trio of American Indian women in her debut novel, “The Raod Back to Sweetgrass.”  n “The Maze Runner” meets “The Hunger Games” in Tom Isbell’s “Prey.” The Yale graduate is an actor, author and professor living in Duluth.  n Julie Lee will promote her latest novel “Seven Stones.”  n A former special agent for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Larry D. Bergsgaard is the author of  “First Stone.”  n Mike Huber wrote “The Amazing Erik,” geared for ages three and up.  n Brett Ortler is a writer and editor from the Twin Cities. He’s the author of several non-fiction books, including “Minnesota Believe It or Not History.”  n Justin Holley will share his supernatural horror book called “Bruised.”  n Gordon Frederickson offers a historical perspective in “A Farm Country Harvest.”  n Glenn Joplin will be signing “Dreams.”  Author participation is subject to change. For an up-to-date schedule, visit beagleandwolf.com.