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Fall Author Series: William Kent Krueger

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Join the Des Moines Public Library and Beaverdale Books for an evening with William Kent Krueger.

Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger—he goes by Kent—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 makes his home in St. Paul, a city he dearly loves.

Kent writes the New York Times bestselling Cork O’Connor mystery series, which is set in the great north woods of Minnesota.  His work has received many awards, been translated into more than a dozen languages, and optioned by Hollywood.  His 2013 novel Ordinary Grace was honored with almost every award possible in the mystery genre, including the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award. 

He does all his writing in a small Saint Paul coffee shop and attributes his success as a writer to those wonderful stories he read as a child.

His latest book, The River we Remember, will be released September 5, 2023. Beaverdale Books will have copies available for sale and signing.


Central Parking

Free library parking is available in Central's underground parking garage. In addition to Central's underground parking, there is also free parking available during this event in the lot across the street from the Library on 10th and Grand--look for signs. Parking around the library is metered at various costs from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday