Monkeewrench author talk continues in Cambridge, Milaca

PJ Tracy’s Monkeewrench series has become a must-read around the world. Now you can meet the Minnesota author who continues to write about this coveted thriller at upcoming appearances in Cambridge (May 15) and Milaca (May 22). The author was well received during her first visit held earlier this month at the Pine City branch.

PJ Tracy was the pseudonym of mother-daughter writing duo P.J. and Traci Lambrecht, winners of the Anthony, Barry, Gumshoe and Minnesota Book Awards. Their eight novels, Monkeewrench, Live Bait, Dead Run, Snow Blind, Shoot to Thrill, Off the Grid, The Sixth Idea and Nothing Stays Buried have become national and international bestsellers.


Stories of a 911 Dispatcher and Calltaker

East Central Regional Library invites the community to an author visit featuring Caroline Burau, who writes about her past career as a 911 dispatcher and calltaker, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27 at Princeton Area Library.

In her new book, “Tell Me Exactly What Happened,” Burau shares her on- the- job experiences at both a single- person call center and a ground and air ambulance service. Whatever the position, the challenges for a dispatcher never end. Tragedy, boredom, and mind- bending weirdness are constant companions, as her stories— some funny, some odd, some sad— show.

Burau, who switched careers to technical writing in 2014, will appear at the Princeton Library thanks to sponsorship from the East Central Regional Library and funding from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Learn All About Minnesota’s Grand Own Homes

Minnesota Book Award winner, Larry Millett, is visiting the Cambridge Public Library on Saturday, June 10 at 10:30 am to talk about his book, Minnesota’s Own:  Preserving our Grand Homes.  In this book Mr. Millett and his photographer, Mike Schmitt, welcome readers into homes from across the state that have been lovingly preserved, saved so that they can remain jewels among the state’s living architecture.  The book is a lavishly illustrated account of 22 great Minnesota houses and the remarkable people who built and preserved them.

Millett is the author of several other non-fiction books including Minnesota Modern, Once There Were Castles and the Twin Cities:  Then and Now.  His ever popular fiction stories surrounding the adventures of Sherlock Holmes include Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders, Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon and the newest title just out, Sherlock Holmes and the Eisendorf Enigma.

Mr. Millett’s visit is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.  The event is free and open to the public.

New York Times Bestselling Author at Mille Lacs Lake Community Library

Join as MN author, William Kent Krueger, stops by to talk about his writing and his enormously popular mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota.  Mr. Krueger will be at the Mille Lacs Lake Community Library in Isle on Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 pm.

His newest title, Sulfur Springs, #16 in the Cork O’Connor series will be released in September 2017.  The event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Introducing Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project

Interested in getting your novel, dissertation, poetry collection, or children’s book into ebook and print-ready formats?


The Minnesota Library Publishing Project (MLPP) provides online publishing tools and training information to support independent authors and small publishers, all for free.


MLPP’s book design tool is Pressbooks: an easy-to-use, online tool that enables authors and publishers to create professional-quality versions of a book in ePUB, MOBI, PDF, and other formats. Authors also have a variety of options to create print versions of their book(s). MLPP also offers training videos, best practices documents, and step-by-step instructions on how to get started with Pressbooks.


The MLPP is intended to encourage conversation among libraries about and promote experimentation with open- and self- publishing, helping local communities come together to create and share books.


Libraries across MN are supporting MLPP by meeting with writing groups and supporting patrons as they work with the Pressbooks. If you are an ECRL patron with questions about the MLPP, please contact Sarah Hawkins, Resource Librarian.

The MLPP is a pilot project coordinated by Minitex and Minnesota’s academic and public libraries, with funding provided by Minitex and academic libraries that have volunteered to supply financial backing for the project.