Autumn is for Authors

This fall RLPL welcomes Brian Freeman, Joel D. Canfield, and

William Kent Krueger! 

When you think of fall can you see the beautiful colors on the trees,  hear the rustle of leaves below your feet, feel the crisp air on your face, and smell of ripe apples ready for harvest?  When we think of fall this year, we’re excited to welcome three local authors to Rice Lake Public Library!

Edgar-nominated mystery author Brian Freeman

Minnesota award winning author Brian Freeman kicks of October with us when he leads RLPL’s book club, Page Turners, in a discussion of his book Spilled Blood tonight (Thursday, October 2nd at 6pm).  Brian describes his book as a novel of redemption and revenge with twists and turns.  Spilled Blood starts in an old rural ghost town at midnight, where three teenage girls play a twisted game of Russian roulette. By morning, one girl is dead, one has run away, and one is in prison for murder (from

Learn more about our book club on the Page Turners blog where you’ll find a summary of discussions about past selections as well as upcoming titles.

If you are not able to see Brian at Page Turners, you can see him Thursday at 6:30 when he presents Duluth through Jonathon Stride’s (the main character in his series) eyes.  Come visit “Stride’s Duluth” at RLPL as Brian to reprises his slide show presentation of locales around the Northland that have appeared in his books. Get ready for landmarks and creepy ruins that inspired scenes in his books centered on Duluth detective Jonathan Stride.

For those who are reading the series, we wonder: Are you team Serena or team Maggie? Tell us on Facebook or Tweet us @TheRLPL using #teammaggie or #teamserena


Joel D Canfield, WriterA Long Hard LookOctober also brings local resident and author Joel D. Canfield to RLPL October 11th and October 25th.

October 11th, Joel will be here for a book signing to promote his new book A Long Hard Look a book described by Elizabeth Craig (Riley Adams) as “having much to love for Raymond Chandler fans.” Raymond Chandler who died nine months before      Joel was born but had an influence on his writing which Joel describes as a blend of “his reverence for Chandler.” He also includes “snippets of Isaac Asimov, Dr. Seuss, Rex Stout, Dick Francis and Richard Halliburton, then pouring it into a big bowl of Agatha Christie,” creating what he calls “Chandleresque cozies:  mysteries with sharper edges than traditional cozies; convoluted plots and convoluted people, yet without the overt sex, language, and gore of many mystery genres.”

To learn more about Joel D. Canfield, writer of mysteries, business books, and over 100 songs visit his website  Joel will be back on October 25th to present a writer’s presentation  on how to “Write a great novel without going crazy: the 12 things you need to know”

 William Kent KruegerIn November RLPL welcomes another great award winning Minnesotan author William Kent Krueger who will read from his latest book in the Cork O’Connor series, Windigo Island on November 4th at 7pm.  As of this date, there are over 300 holds on the print, large print and audio copies of Windigo Island.  Book World will have copies available at this event for sale (cash and check only)-thanks Joy!

 Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger

Tamarack County by William Kent KruegerOrdinary Grace by William Kent KruegerTrickster's Point by William Kent KruegerNorthwest Angle by William Kent KruegerVermilion Drift by William Kent KruegerHeaven's Keep by William Kent KruegerRed Knife by William Kent KruegerThunder Bay by William Kent KruegerCopper River by William Kent KruegerMercy Falls by William Kent KruegerBlood Hollow by William Kent KruegerThe Devil's Bed by William Kent KruegerPurgatory Ridge by William Kent KruegerBoundary Waters by William Kent KruegerIron Lake by William Kent Krueger