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Author Faith Sullivan wows Wadena readers

Faith Sullivan (right), guest author for the inaugural Book Ends event, is all smiles beside Gillette Kempf, owner/operator of An Open Book, organizer of the event. Submitted photo

Guest author Faith Sullivan from Minneapolis kicked off the new Book Ends program Saturday, Nov. 12, at The Uptown in Wadena.

"A small but energetic crowd," said An Open Book owner/operator Gillette Kempf, organizer of the event. "A great program, a wonderful guest, a comfortable setting. The program will grow. Word of mouth is the best advertising and our guests today promised to spread the word."

Faith Sullivan is author of "Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse," a story set in southern Minnesota from the beginning of the twentieth century to World War II. The Wall Street Journal chose it as one of ten top fiction books for 2016. Among other awards, it won top prize for fiction in the Midwest Book Awards.

Faith Sullivan's appearance was sponsored by Jackpine Writers' Bloc of Park Rapids, who consider Faith their mentor and friend.

Toni Ebner, avid reader from Otter Tail, echoed the sentiments of the audience. "Very enjoyable. It's interesting to get the author's insight into her characters and to hear about her writing process. Can't wait to start reading Wodehouse and can't wait for the next event."

Book Ends is a monthly reader-writer event at 11 a.m. on second Saturdays at The Uptown. Minnesota authors come to town and talk about their books, their writing habits and their plans.

"Our lineup for the next seven months is impressive," Kempf said. "We have Betsy Nelson (Tasting Minnesota) scheduled for Dec. 10, followed by Lois Greiman, Candace Simar, Mary Casanova, Pete Hautman, William Kent Krueger, and Lorna Landvik, who will premier her new book Once In a Blue Moon Lodge, a sequel to her wildly popular Patty Jane's House of Curl. Will Weaver and Kate DiCamillo are on the invitation list. It's a veritable Who's Who of Minnesota authors."

Details of the events may be found on