WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) -- Ellen  Hart.    WWG —  According to a news release from the Westbrook Library there’s almost no truth to the rumor that the members of the Minnesota Crime Wave met because they have the same parole officer.

    Actually the Minnesota Crime Wave is three Minnesota mystery writers Ellen Hart, Carl Brookins, and William Kent Krueger. The three have written and published more than thirty novels, and received numerous local, regional, and national awards for their writing. They have toured the country since 2000, presenting over 100 events and workshops at libraries, conferences, bookstores, and book  festivals.



    The event is sponsored by the Westbrook Public Library, and will be held this Thursday November 1 at the high school auditorium at 1:30 p.m. This program is funded  in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage. The program is free and open  to the public.

    About the authors:

    Ellen Hart has authored 28 crime novels in two different series. She has won many literary awards for her work, including: five Lambda Literary Awards; three awards for Best Popular Fiction from the Minnesota Book Awards; three time Golden Crown Literary  Award in several categories. In 2010 she received the GCLS Trailblazer award for lifetime achievement in the field of lesbian literature.

    Her latest Sophie Green mystery is No Reservations Required. Ellen lives in the Minneapolis Area with her partner of 34 years.

    Born in Wyoming and raised in the Cascade Mountains William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University before being expelled for radical activities. After that he worked in the logging industry, construction, and as a free lance writer. He then ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota. He currently makes his living as a full time author. He is married to his wife of 30 years, they and their two children make their home in St. Paul.

    Krueger writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota. His main character is Cork O’Connor, former sheriff of Tamarack County, a man of mixed heritage — part Irish and part Ojibwe. His book Northwest Angle, released in August of 2011, was a New York Times best seller.

    Some of his awards include: Bush Artist Fellowship; Loft-McKnight Fiction award; three Anthony awards for Best Novel; Readers Choice Award; Minnesota Book Award; Friend of American Writers Prize, and many more.

    Carl Brookins is a Minnesota Native, graduating from Murray High School in St. Paul,  and from the University of Minnesota Minneapolis earning several bachelor of arts degrees. “A wise man suggested that broad path with multiple majors and I have always been grateful for the suggestion.”

    Brookins has a diverse cache of experience working 15 years in public television. He attended graduate school at Michigan State University. During his time there he wrote scripts and produced hundreds of educational, classroom and public television programs.

    Brookins said, “writing, like reading, has been a part of my life almost forever.” He penned his first mystery novel, Inner Passages in 2001. Other novels he has authored are: Superior Mystery, Old Silver; The Case of the Greedy lawyers;  and The Case of the  Deceiving Don.

    Today Brookins returns some of the pleasures he has found in mysteries by reviewing books, on occasion,  for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Mystery Scene Magazine. He also enjoys touring with The Minnesota Crime Wave.

    Some  information was edited from the author biographies.