St. Peter Reads hosts the Second Annual Book Festival  Saturday, April 6, at the Community Center in St. Peter.

This year will feature a full day of programming. The day will bring authors and readers together for a chance to connect in a setting that will encourage and foster easy access to both emerging authors as well as some returning favorites.

Brunch starts at 10 a.m. and features a Minnesota favorite author of the up-north based Cork O’Connor mystery series, William Kent Krueger. Krueger steps away from that series this year, with an amazing stand alone novel, Ordinary Grace, that will be released on March 26. Food will be catered by the Gustavus Adolphus College Dining Service, and each table will be visited by at least two other authors during the Moveable Feast, which follows Krueger’s keynote. Reservations are required and may be made through the St. Peter Community Education office, 507-933-3048 / stpeter.registryinsight.com, or by visiting stpeterreads.wordpress.com.

The afternoon programming will fill the Community Center gym with authors and publishers, eager to visit about their work. Two panels will be held; one with novelists, Erin Hart, Thomas Maltman and Peter Geye; the other with writers for the middle grades, including Sheila O’Connor and Tim Kehoe, toy inventor

Family-friendly story times and crafts will run from 2-4 p.m. in the Senior Center, next to the gym. The entire afternoon of events is FREE and open to all.

The St. Peter Reads team is excited to offer this regional event and is grateful to the Legacy Fund, St. Peter School District, Friends of the St. Peter Public Library, St. Peter Public Library and the Nicollet County Historical Society, the Book Mark, and the City of St. Peter, for helping to make this event possible. Call 507-933-7588 or visit stpeterreads.wordpress.com for more information.

Customer Service Representative and Editorial Assistant for the Le Center Leader, Le Sueur News-Herald, St. Peter Herald and the Waseca County News.

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