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New York Times bestselling author to speak at library

William Kent Krueger, St. Paul resident and author of a bestselling mystery series set in Minnesota, will speak at the Hudson Joint Area Library, 700 First St., at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14.

Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, Krueger briefly attended Stanford University before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at free-lance journalism, and eventually ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota. He currently makes his living as a full-time writer.

Krueger's mystery series takes place in the north woods of Minnesota. His protagonist is Cork O'Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of mixed heritage -- part Irish and part Ojibwe. His work has received a number of awards including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. "Vermilion Drift," released in September of 2010, was a New York Times bestseller, as is the eleventh book in the series, "Northwest Angle," which was released in August of this year.

Publisher's Weekly says "'Northwest Angle'" is solid storytelling and intriguing characterizations combing for a sobering look at the power of family and faith and Native American culture. Krueger never writes the same book twice as each installment finds him delving deeper into Cork's psyche."

Friends of the Hudson Library is hosting this event for the community. The program is free, but call the library at (715) 386-3101 or stop at the circulation desk to sign up.