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Detroit Lakes High School graduate Jayne Jones, right, along with co-author Alicia Long, will be signing copies of their National Book Award-winning debut novel, “Capitol Hell,” at Book World in Detroit Lakes this Saturday, Sept. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m., as part of a regional tour to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the book’s release. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Detroit Lakes High School graduate Jayne Jones, right, along with co-author Alicia Long, will be signing copies of their National Book Award-winning debut novel, “Capitol Hell,” at Book World in Detroit Lakes this Saturday, Sept. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m., as part of a regional tour to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the book’s release. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Book World in downtown Detroit Lakes will be hosting book signings by two local authors in the coming weeks.

Detroit Lakes High School graduate Jayne Jones, co-author of the National Book Award winning novel “Capitol Hell,” will be at Book World with co-author Alicia Long to sign copies of their book this Saturday, Sept. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Jones and Long took home six National Book Awards with their debut novel, a humorous, though strictly fictional take on life as a political staffer on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

The duo first met while working on the staff of former U.S. Senator Norm Coleman, which lends an air of authenticity to the tale — as do mentions of such famous communities as Wadena and Brainerd, as well as Detroit Lakes itself.

“Capitol Hell” is available at Book World, located at 815 Washington Ave. in Detroit Lakes, as well as at most Barnes & Noble booksellers and Amazon.com (both in paperback and on Kindle).

Another local writer, longtime Detroit Lakes resident Jackie Jenson, will be signing copies of her debut children’s book, “Jon & the Soggy Leaf,” on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 12 to 2 p.m.

“I am excited to be doing this book signing as the leaves are just starting to turn and fall being little Jon’s favorite season,” Jenson said.

“Also, I will donate $1 from each book purchased during the signing event to the local Boys and Girls Club.”

Jenson, who is a former staff writer for Detroit Lakes Newspapers, worked on the book with another local resident, artist Megan Hagel, who created the book’s colorful illustrations.

Highlighting the many seasonal changes that occur in the Midwest, “Jon and the Soggy Leaf” is the tale of one small boy’s struggle with change as he frets about his favorite season, fall, ending too soon.

Jenson’s book is available at the Detroit Lakes Book World, LaBarista, Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Gift Shop, the Fargo branch of Barnes & Noble and at Amazon.com.

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