Anne Ursu

Saturday, May 7th at 10 a.m.

Minnesota writer Anne Ursu is the author of seven middle-grade novels, including acclaimed novels The Lost Girl, Breadcrumbs, and The Real Boy, which was longlisted for the National Book Award. The recipient of the McKnight Fellowship in Children’s Literature, Ursu is also a member of the faculty at Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Her most recent book, The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy, was a nominee for the 2022 Minnesota Book Award for middle-grade fiction. She lives in Minneapolis with her family and an ever-growing number of cats.

Dorothy Lund Nelson

Thursday, May 12th at 1:30 p.m.

Dorothy Lund Nelson will be offering an interactive presentation on the Orphan Train movement and its impact on Minnesota. Over 200,000 children went by train from New York City to be “placed out” with families in over 47 states, and Nelson shares the experiences of the “leftovers,” who were housed in Orphanages and Children’s Homes. Through the use of videos, slides, role-play, costumes, and music, Nelson’s presentation becomes a living experience for the participants during the hour-long event. Nelson is the author of The Home We Shared: History and Memoir of the North Dakota Children’s Home at Fargo, North Dakota and Burke’s Journeys.

Melvin Whitfield Carter, Jr.

Saturday, May 14th at 10 a.m.

Melvin Whitfield Carter, Jr, will be discussing his autobiography
entitled Diesel Heart. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Carter pursued a life of music before becoming one of the first people of color on the St. Paul Police force. He served as an officer in the St. Paul Police Department for twenty-eight years before retiring. He is the founder and executive director of Save Our Sons, a social service nonprofit that focuses on youth outreach within Juvenile Detention Centers. Carter’s autobiography tells the stories that shaped his life and how African-Americans changed America.

Brian Freeman

Saturday, June 4th at 10 a.m.

Brian Freeman is the New York Times Bestselling author of the psychological thrillers Spilled Blood, The Burying Place, and The Deep, Deep Snow. Known for his fast-paced plots, authentic characters, and descriptive settings, Freeman’s books have been published in 46 countries and counting. Freeman is a winner of the ITW Thriller Award for best novel and has been named the official author to continue writing the Jason Bourne franchise.

David Housewright

Saturday, July 23rd at 10 a.m.

David Housewright will be talking about his Midwestern mysteries, including the Holland Taylor series and the PI McKenzie mysteries. A Minnesota native, Housewright has a background in journalism and advertising but turned to novel writing after publishing his first book, Penance. He has won the Edgar Award, is the three-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award for his crime fiction, and was a past President of the Private Eye Writer’s of America. Today, Housewright is known as “one of America’s best crime novelists.” (Lansing Michigan State Journal).