STAPLES - Minnesota author Erin Hart will give a presentation for teens and adults at 6 p.m. Monday at the Stomping Grounds in Staples. The attendance limit is 50 and pre-registration is required.
Hart is the author of two books set in Ireland, "Haunted Ground" and "Lake Of Sorrows." While visiting friends in Ireland one summer, Hart heard a tale about a beautiful red-haired girl whose perfectly preserved severed head was discovered in a peat bog. That inspired her first novel.
The presentation is sponsored by the Staples Public Library, and the Friends of the Library will provide desserts and coffee.
For more information, contact the library at (218) 894-1401.
Rosnau's sixth Spy Games book coming
"Sleeping with Danger," the sixth book in Brainerd author Wendy Rosnau's Spy Games series, will be released next month from Silhouette Books.
It is the 13th book by Rosnau, who is currently writing the final book in the series, slated for release next summer.
"Sleeping with Danger" can be purchased at local bookstores including CatTale's in downtown Brainerd, and online at www.wendyrosnau.com.
Heartland Poets win awards at festival
BAXTER - Heartland Poets, the local chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets, hosted the Fall Festival Oct. 12-13 at Baxter's Northland Arboretum, where awards in the 23rd annual LOMP Contest were distributed.
There were 749 poems entered in 18 categories. Poets from 20 states and Canada participated. Judges were from out of state.
Doris Stengel, Brainerd, received first place and $125 in the Grand Prize category. Stengel, president of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, also received two second-place awards, a third place and five merit awards.
Charmaine Donovan, Brainerd, led all entrants with 12 awards. She received eight first-, second- or third-place awards and four merit awards, one in the Grand Prize category.
Angela Foster, Pine City, took third place in the Grand Prize category and also received a second-place award and a merit award. Laura L. Hansen, Little Falls, received two merit awards in the Grand Prize category along with a third place and another merit award.
Maxine Russell, Brainerd, received a second place and two merit awards. Claire van Breemen Downes, St. Cloud, was awarded a third place and two merit awards. Pequot Lakes poet Candace Simar received two honorable mentions.
The LOMP Web site is www.mnpoets.org.
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