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Sept. 5, 2008

Krueger reads from new Cork O'Connor mystery Sept. 16 in Prairie Lights

Minnesota mystery writer William Kent Krueger will read from "Red Knife," his new book in the Cork O'Connor series featuring a part-Irish, part-Ojibwe former deputy sheriff, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the University of Iowa's Writing University Web site:

The free event will be recorded for broadcast on Iowa Public Radio's "Live from Prairie Lights" series. Hour-long "Live from Prairie Lights" productions, hosted by WSUI's Julie Englander, air at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on WSUI-AM 910 in Iowa City and WOI-AM 640 in Ames.

Kreuger writes, "Every book in the Cork O'Connor series is different. From the nature of our most personal relationships, to the plight of the children our society abandons, to the sacrifices we make in the name of love, my books have dealt with issues important to me and worth, I believed, exploring. 'Red Knife,' the eighth book in the series, has been by far the most difficult for me to write because it tackles a subject of such profound and confusing impact in our world: violence."

The 2005 school shootings that left seven people dead on the Red Lake Reservation in northwestern Minnesota provided the impetus for the book, which is not a retelling of that incident but an entirely fictional work that addresses the issues and emotions that the historical events provoked.

A review in Booklist responded, "The Cork O'Connor mysteries are known for their rich characterizations and their complex stories with deep moral and emotional cores. This one is no exception . . . If you don't know Cork O'Connor, get to know him now."

"Thunder Bay," an earlier book in the series, is also just out in paperback.

Krueger grew up in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. He briefly attended Stanford University before leaving to experience the "real world," which included working as a logger, construction worker, freelance journalist and researcher in childhood development. For the last 25 years he has made his home in St. Paul.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jan Weissmiller, Prairie Lights, 319-337-2681,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073,