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Entertainment briefs - Nov. 9 edition

Pete Hautman. Courtesy photo.

Kedzie to share book at library Nov. 15

Local Minnesota children's author, Susan Kedzie will be sharing her recently published book, A Thousand Purring Cats, at the Wadena City Library on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. Kedzie will be reading her playful book which features a message about the healing power of positive relationships. After the reading there will be a fun discussion about the book's message, an age-appropriate art activity, and a book signing for those who are interested. A Thousand Purring Cats and this wonderful program are geared towards children 3-8 years.

This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota's arts and cultural heritage.

Pete Hautman, acclaimed young-adult author, to visit Wadena Nov. 11

Book Ends, the monthly meet-the-author even in Wadena, welcomes Pete Hautman as guest on Nov. 11. Pete is a Minnesota prize-winning author of dozens of young-adult books.

His current book Slider features 14-year old David who enters a food-eating contest to pay for an accidental internet bid of $2,000. David is a middle child, and his relationship with older sister and younger autistic brother provide the serious meat of the novel. The slider eating contest provides the metaphorical meat.

Pete has won several awards including the National Book Award for Godless.

Book Ends is a monthly event at The Uptown in Wadena. It begins at 11 on every second Saturday and concludes around noon with book sales and autographs and lunch. There is no charge for the event. Lunch is on you.

"We're fortunate to have Pete join us," says moderator and Nimrod author Jerry Mevissen. "He's highly recommended by his peers and school librarians. Please join us and welcome Pete to Wadena."

For information, contact Jerry Mevissen, (218) 472-3400 or email at

Empty Stocking holds talent show Nov. 29

The 91st annual Empty Stocking Fund Talent Show will be held Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School commons from 7-10 p.m.

For more information call Diane Peters at (218) 371-9466.