“Golden Valley Reads” Program To Debut In Spring

When the Hennepin County Library – Golden Valley re-opens Jan 23 after a four-month renovation project, there will be a new program for the community to enjoy in addition to the new spaces in the building. “Golden Valley Reads,” a joint venture between the City of Golden Valley and Hennepin County Library – Golden Valley, seeks to encourage Golden Valley residents to read one book together each year.

golden-valley-reads-final-logoThe Golden Valley Reads book for 2016 will be “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger. In this novel, protagonist Frank Drum explores the web of secrets and betrayal that shattered his family and their small Minnesota community in 1961. Pick up a copy when the Golden Valley Library re-opens Jan 23, or pick up a copy now at a nearby Hennepin County library.

Meet The Author

Krueger will discuss the journey that resulted in the writing of this book Monday, May 9, 2016 at 7 pm at Brookview Community Center. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

William Kent Krueger grew up in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and briefly attended Stanford University before being kicked out for radical activities. After that he worked in logging and construction, tried freelance journalism, and ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota. He currently lives in St Paul with his wife of more than 40 years and makes his living as a full-time author.

Krueger writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota featuring Cork O’Connor, the part Irish and part Ojibwe former sheriff of Tamarack County. His work has received 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 five novels were all New York Times bestsellers.

Ordinary Grace, published in 2013, received the Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America in recognition for the best novel published in that year.

More About “Ordinary Grace”

New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson’s Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for 13-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.

Frank begins the season preoccupied with the concerns of any teenage boy, but when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family—which includes his Methodist minister father; his passionate, artistic mother; Juilliard-bound older sister; and wise-beyond-his-years kid brother—he finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.

Told from Frank’s perspective 40 years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God. [Read the prologue and first chapter here.]

More About The Library Renovation

The $1.4 million library renovation will include two new public meeting rooms, an expanded children’s area, and a new periodical area. Several interior walls will be removed to open up the space, improve sightlines, and increase natural light. The renovation also includes new carpeting, seating, shelving, and computer tables, better access to power outlets, new data cabling and Wi-Fi, new automated materials handling equipment and work room reconfiguration, and upgraded lighting, electrical, and heating and cooling. [Get more information about the Hennepin County Library – Golden Valley.]

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