Online Author Event: Sarah Hanley & Thomas Peacock

Earlier this week, Minnesota’s public libraries hosted Minnesota Author Project Adult Fiction winners Sarah Hanley and Thomas D. Peacock in conversation Kaylin Creason, librarian from Washington County Library.

Sarah Hanley’s debut novel, Matka, won the 2019 Minnesota Author Project award for adult fiction. Her second novel, Past the Midway, was released in 2020.

Thomas Peacock is a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. He has co-authored/authored books on Ojibwe history and culture, education, fiction and racism. His book, The Wolf’s Trail, won the 2020 Minnesota Author Project for adult fiction.

MN Writes MN Reads is a program of the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators. This author panel is funded by Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Finalist Feature: The Youngest Boy

Category: Adult Fiction

Description: Jim Heynen’s stories about unnamed farm boys first appeared many years ago with The Man Who Kept Cigars in His Cap. Several collections of the boy stories have been published since then and have been models in the short-short or prose poem form now used by many other writers. This is the first collection to focus on the youngest boy, a character who can be a dreamer one minute, a trouble-maker the next, and a problem-solver the next. The youngest boy’s charm is in his unpredictability.

Author: Best known for his short-short stories about “the boys,” Jim Heynen has published widely as a writer of poems, novels, nonfiction, and short fiction.

Jim’s stories about the boys have been featured often on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, as well as on radio in both Sweden and Denmark.

Minnesota astronaut George Pinky Nelson took a taped collection of the stories for bedtime listening on his last space mission. One collection of these stories, The Boys’ House, was named Editors’ Choice for Best Books of 2001 by The Bloomsbury ReviewNewsday, and Booklist.

Jim’s Local Library: Arrowhead Library System

Winners will be announced at the 2021 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.

Finalist Feature: I Know an Old Lady

Category: Adult Fiction

Description: It’s the summer of 1972, and Kansas wheat fields are baking under the relentless sun. Teenagers are celebrating the first taste of freedom as they line their pockets with newly printed driver’s licenses and long-awaited paychecks. Days off are spent at the town’s only lake, nights under the yellow lights of the drive-in restaurant.

But Billy Tupper’s life is a far cry from that of other teenagers. One mistake too many lands him in front of a judge who sentences him to a summer working for Old Lady Baxter, the victim of his latest carelessness… and the rumored child killer of Munroe, Kansas. As Billy sweats his way through endless months of mowing her lawn, weeding her garden, and painting her house, he also searches for the evidence to prove she’s guilty, but what he finds, and what he learns about himself, will change his life forever.

I Know an Old Lady is a touching coming-of-age story of loss and redemption, of understanding and compassion, and of a family torn apart and slowly put back together.

I Know an Old Lady
 is Billy Tupper’s story.

Author: Margaret Standafer lives and writes in the Minneapolis area with the support of her amazing husband and children and in spite of the lack of support from her ever-demanding, but lovable, Golden Retriever.

Margaret’s Local Library: Carver County Library

Winners will be announced at the 2021 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.