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Davis braves cold to be guest speaker at Bookends event

Becky Davis, Mankato young-adult novelist, is February's guest for Book Ends, the monthly meet-the-author event at The Uptown café in Wadena. When not writing novels, Becky is an avid bicycle rider (5,000 miles this year,) loves being walked by her 160-pound Newfoundland dog, and teaches writing and humanities at South Central College in Mankato.

"Becky will be an enlightening and entertaining presenter," says Jerry Mevissen, event moderator. "And dedicating her endeavors to encouraging young people to read by writing riveting stories is commendable."

Davis' latest novel Slider's Son chronicles the life of a young lad in post-depression North Dakota, with elements of mystery, loyalty in friendship issues, teenage dreams and realities, adolescent shenanigans, and baseball. The novel, based on a 1930's true story of a murder in North Dakota, has all the elements of appeal to young readers. She has written two other novels — Chasing AlleyCat and Jake Riley: Irreparably Damaged.

Book Ends begins at 11 a.m. and includes conversation with the author on writing and reading, Q&A, book autographs and sales, and lunch (on your nickel.) There is no admission charge.