Western is a literature, film, and television genre. Westerns are primarily set in the American Old West between the late 18th and 19th centuries, and tell the stories of cowboys, settlers, and outlaws exploring the western frontier and taming the Wild West.

A popular modern western series is the "Longmire" series by author Craig Johnson, which was also picked up for television. If you would like to find a good western, the librarians at the Detroit Lakes Public Library would be happy to assist you.

“The Jackals,” by William W. Johnstone.

"The Jackals" by William W. Johnstone is available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. (Submitted photo)
"The Jackals" by William W. Johnstone is available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. (Submitted photo)


With Apaches on the prod, ex-cavalry sergeant Sean Keegan, bounty hunter Jed Breen, and ex-Texas Ranger Matt McCulloch take shelter in a West Texas way station — along with a hot-as-a-pistol female bound for the gallows, a spiteful newspaper editor, and a coward with $50,000 who promises them five grand if they’ll deliver his blood-soaked stash to his wife. Turns out, Indians might be the least of the problems for the trio, soon to be known as the Jackals. The loot’s stolen property of the vengeful Hawkin gang, and these prairie rats are merciless, stone-cold killers. And the brother of the man the woman killed wants to butcher her himself rather than watch her swing. McCulloch, Keegan, and Breen are ready for a showdown—but the Jackals may not live to spend that $5,000.

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“Return to Vengeance Creek,” by Robert J. Randisi.

"Return to Vengeance Creek: The Sons of Daniel Shaye" by Robert J. Brandisi is available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. (Submitted photo)
"Return to Vengeance Creek: The Sons of Daniel Shaye" by Robert J. Brandisi is available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. (Submitted photo)


Career lawman Daniel Shaye has returned to the town of Vengeance Creek, Ariz., with his two sons, Thomas and James, to take on the jobs of sheriff and deputies. Before long, they find themselves embroiled in cases of murder and revenge. When Red Fleming and his gang come to town to break his brother, Harry Fleming, out of jail, they kill a jailer in the process. Since it was Thomas who arrested Harry, Sheriff Shaye sends his sons out to bring the Fleming brothers back. It's the first time the Shaye brothers have gone out on a manhunt without their father. Meanwhile, Sheriff Daniel Shaye can't leave town because Cole Doucette has been released from prison, and is rumored to be on his way to Vengeance Creek to gain revenge on the man who sent him to jail--Mayor Snow, formerly a district attorney. With the Shaye brothers trailing one gang, and their father, Daniel, waiting for another to arrive in town, the tension is high for the Shaye men, risking their lives to stand behind the symbol of the law they wear on their chests, the badge.

Library Happenings

Storytime: Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join us for Storytime on Thursday, Jan. 30 and Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10:30 a.m. A different theme is explored each week. Daycares and other large groups are asked to call ahead.

Do you want to learn how to self-publish your own book? Come to the Detroit Lakes Library on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 3:30 p.m. two learn about two possible options — the Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project and Amazon's self-publishing services. Please pre-register by calling the library at 218-847-2168.

Are you feeling constantly tired, busy, and anxious? Come unwind with certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Kelsey Juhnke in the latest installment of the library's Mindfulness 101 series, and learn how meditation can reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality, the natural way. There is no cost to attend. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Writers and prospective writers seeking encouragement, feedback and collaboration are welcome to join the Detroit Lakes Public Library's Writers Group, starting at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The group meets regularly to tell their stories, share ideas and discuss writing tips. This event is offered free of charge and will be held in the library's main meeting room.

Library Hours

The library’s regular hours are as follows: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and all national holidays.

Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) is a consolidated public library system comprised of 13 branch libraries and nine LINK sites serving the residents of seven counties in northwest Minnesota. Besides Detroit Lakes, LARL’s other branch libraries are located in Ada, Bagley, Barnesville, Breckenridge, Climax, Crookston, Fertile, Fosston, Hawley, Mahnomen, McIntosh and Moorhead. LARL’s LINK sites are found in Cormorant, Frazee, Gonvick, Halstad, Hendrum, Lake Park, Rothsay, Twin Valley and Ulen.

For more information on local library services and programs, call 218-847-2168 or visit the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 1000 Washington Ave. Information can also be found online at www.larl.org, as well as via the library’s app, LARL Mobile, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores for free download.