William Durbin, an award-winning juvenile author and teacher, will speak at the Brown Bag Lunch program noon Monday at the Brainerd Public Library. Admission is free.
Durbin will discuss two of his newest books; "The Song of Sambo Lake," a Northwoods homestead story, and "Blackwater Ben," the story of an 1898 logging camp. Since 1997, he has published eight books for young readers. In addition to novels, he has published poems, essays and stories in a variety of journals and literary magazines.
Although born in Minneapolis, Durbin has lived in the canoe country of northeastern Minnesota for the past 25 years where he and his wife, Barbara, both teach. Their home on Lake Vermilion offers a perfect place for writing and research. He has supervised writing research projects for the National Council of Teachers of English, Middlebury College and the Bingham Trust for Charity.
Durbin's favorite activities, other than reading and writing, are golf and canoeing. His interest in golf inspired him to write biographies of Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer, while his love of canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness inspired him to write two voyageur books.
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