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Author Mary Casanova packs 'em in at Book Ends event

Book Ends organizers Jerry Mevissen and Gillette Kempf met with author Mary Casanova (center) at their event Saturday at The Uptown. Submitted photo1 / 2
Author Mary Casanova drew a younger crowd and geared her presentation toward that group. Submitted photo2 / 2

A standing room only crowd greeted Mary Casanova, a children and young adult novelist, at the March Book Ends event on Saturday, March 11, at The Uptown in Wadena.

Casanova is the prolific author of 35 books and workshop presenter for school age and adult readers and writers. Many of her books are set in northern Minnesota, where she lives with her husband Charlie in International Falls.

The crowd size got a boost with an email blast from Wadena-Deer Creek Schools Media Specialist Loni Niles. Casanova has written books for the popular American Girl doll series, and her fans came to hear the backstory of current books and learn what's coming. It turns out two more American Girl books are in the works.

Niles was impressed with Casanova.

"She tailored her presentation to her young audience," Niles said. "She invited girls to sit up front on the floor and spoke directly to them. And the girls responded. We'd love to have Mary give a presentation to the school, when and if finances permit."

Book Ends is a monthly meet-the-author event at The Uptown on second Saturdays at 11 a.m. The series features Minnesota authors and includes discussion moderated by Nimrod author Jerry Mevissen followed by Q&A, book signing and sales, and lunch. The next Book Ends guest is Nathan Jorgenson, author of Waiting for White Horses, The Mulligan and A Crooked Number on April 8.