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Library Club celebrates 99 years with a 'Minnesota Crime Wave'

When the Detroit Lakes Library Club holds its first monthly meeting of 2006-07 this Tuesday, Aug. 22, it will mark the 99th consecutive year that the organization has been in existence.

To commemorate the occasion, the club has planned a special 2 p.m. program at Trinity Lutheran Church.

"We felt a larger venue would be necessary," said Marlys Douglas, who is in charge of publicity for the club's 2006-07 kickoff event.

So what makes this meeting so special? After some introductory "roaring '20s"-style saxophone and clarinet music by local musician Bruce Wisted (of Doc & The Scrubs), the Library Club meeting will be hit by a "Minnesota Crime Wave."

The 90-minute program will feature a trio of Minnesota-based mystery novelists -- Ellen Hart, Carl Brookins and William Kent Krueger.

A press release states: "Known to be traveling together, this dangerous trio of writers, dubbed 'The Minnesota Crime Wave,' is armed and dangerous and should not be approached without a degree of humor. Their M.O. (modus operandi) is to appear at local bookstores or libraries, engage the patrons and staff in amusing repartee, then relieve all and sundry of their disposable cash and leisure time in exchange for some terrific mystery stories."

Carl Brookins, the author of a sailing adventure series featuring Michael Tanner and Mary Whitney, and the Sean NMI Sean private investigator detective series, lives in Roseville, Minn., has also had a variety of other careers: Freelance photographer, public television program director, cable television administrator, and counselor/faculty member at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. He has also reviewed mystery fiction for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Mystery Scene Magazine. An avid recreational sailor, he has sailed to many locations around the world.

William Kent Krueger, author of the Cork O'Connor mystery series, set in the great Northwoods of Minnesota, has received numerous awards for his work, including the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel, the Minnesota Book Award and Friends of American Writers Prize. In 2005, his novel Blood Hollow received the Anthony Award for Best Novel. The next book in his series, Copper River, is scheduled for release this month.

Ellen Hart, who teaches mystery writing through the University of Minnesota and the Loft Library Center -- the largest independent writing community in the nation -- makes her home in Minneapolis. The author of 21 mysteries in two different series, Hart is a five-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Mystery, and a two-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award for Best Crime Fiction.

Tuesday's program at Trinity Lutheran Church is open to the public, free of charge.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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