Where Readers & Authors Meet
Celebrating Authors & Books
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2021 DVBF Cabin Fever Edition Keynote Author
Margi Preus is the author of the Newbery Honor book Heart of a Samurai and other books for young readers, including the Minnesota Book Award-winning West of the Moon, and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award book The Clue in the Trees, part of the Enchantment Lake mystery series.
Her books have won multiple awards, landed on the New York Times bestseller list, been honored as ALA/ALSC Notables, selected as an NPR Backseat Book Club pick, chosen for community reads, and translated into several languages.
New titles in 2020 include Village of Scoundrels, The Littlest Voyageur, and The Silver Box, part of the Enchantment Lake mystery series.Back when such things were done, Margi enjoyed traveling, speaking, and visiting schools all over the world. Now mostly at home in Duluth, she likes to ski, hike, canoe, or sit quietly with a book in her lap.
DVBF Cabin Fever Read
Join us for the DVBF Cabin Fever Read - The Littlest Voyageur by Margi Preus. You can participate by reading The Littlest Voyageur now and then join us virtually on March 7 at 1 pm for a lively book discussion on ZOOM with the author!
Listen to Margi talk about her book and answer questions from readers. Everyone is invited to join this group read and “attend” the free program online. Margi’s books are enjoyed by readers of all ages!
Will grew up on a farm in northern Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota and Stanford University. His debut novel, Red Earth, White Earth, was published by Simon & Schuster, and was produced as a CBS television movie. A Gravestone Made of Wheat & Other Stories won the Minnesota Book Award for Fiction. The New York Times Book Review called it "…a graceful collection, one that views America's heartland with a candid but charitable eye.”
Several of his stories have been produced by National Public Radio and other arts groups. The title story, A Gravestone Made of Wheat was adapted into the film Sweet Land, starring Alan Cumming and Ned Beatty. In 2017 Sweet Land was produced as a musical by the History Theatre of Saint Paul.
A versatile writer, Will Weaver's several novels for young adults include Memory Boy and Striking Out (HarperCollins). Chosen as a teen “top ten” book by the American Library Association, Memory Boy was a 2016 production of the Minnesota Opera, Youth Division. His nonfiction work includes The Last Hunter, Barns of Minnesota, and the introduction to Libraries of Minnesota.
A recent judge for the National Book Awards and a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, he is currently finishing new novel for adults, plus editing a recently discovered memoir of childhood by the late Minnesota author Jon Hassler.