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Betsy Nelson to discuss 'Tasting Minnesota' at second Book Ends event

Betsy Nelson will discuss her cookbook "Tasting Minnesota" Dec. 10 as part of the Bookends program series.

Book Ends, a new program connecting readers and writers, continues Saturday, Dec. 10, at The Uptown in Wadena.

According to An Open Book owner/operator Gillette Kempf, Minnesota authors are invited to talk about the writing process, discuss and read from their current publication, and take questions from the audience. Books are sold and autographed, followed by lunch.

"We're blessed to have a large cadre of Minnesota authors to choose from," said Events Coordinator Jerry Mevissen. "We have Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, Booker Prize winners, Newberry Award, Edgar Award — every award seems to have been won by a Minnesotan."

The event occurs on second Saturdays of every month. Faith Sullivan, November invited author, is followed by Betsy Nelson on Dec. 10, discussing her book "Tasting Minnesota: Favorite Recipes from the Land of 10,000 Lakes."

"This being the holiday season, we feel that a cookbook is appropriate, not only to use in the kitchen but to offer as a gift," Kempf said. The program begins at 11 a.m.; there is no charge. Tasting Minnesota features contributions from local chef Amy Thielen and the Prairie Bay Restaurant in Baxter, among others.

Each monthly program is sponsored by a local business or organization. Betsy Nelson is sponsored by Mason Brothers of Wadena. She is followed in January by Lois Greiman, a romance and mystery writer and a great conversationalist.

Other authors appearing or invited include Mary Casanova (Frozen and Ice-Out), William Kent Krueger (Ordinary Grace), Nathan Jorgenson (Waiting for White Horses), Lorna Landvik (Once In a Blue Moon Lodge), Kate DiCamillo (Raymie Nightengale), Candace Simar (Shelterbelts) and Will Weaver (The Survivors).

"Once we get street cred, we'll invite the other heavy hitters, like Charles Baxter and Louise Erdrich," says Mevissen. "Put the second Saturdays on your calendars, beginning Dec.10. Let's inch that literary line northward from the Twin Cities."

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