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Guest Speaker Author William Kent Krueger: What It Means to Be a Writer

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A long-time friend of the Speed City Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Kent will join us virtually to talk about being a writer.

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Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota. He currently makes his living as a full-time author. He’s been married for over 40 years to a marvelous woman who is a retired attorney. He makes his home in St. Paul, a city he dearly loves.

Kent writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota, featuring Cork O’Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of mixed heritage—part Irish and part Ojibwe. His work has received numerous awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Dilys Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. His last nine novels were all New York Times bestsellers.

Ordinary Grace, a stand-alone published in 2013, received the Edgar, given by the Mystery Writers of America or the best novel published in that year. Its companion novel, This Tender Land, his most recent release, was published in 2019. Coming this August is Lightning Strike, a prequel to Kent's Cork O’Connor series. It follows Cork in his adolescence, shortly before he turns 13, the year before his father is killed in the line of duty.

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