Minnesota author to discuss new novel at events on April 8

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Mary Casanova. Photo by Jaclyn Briggs.

Mary Casanova. Photo by Jaclyn Briggs.

NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA — The Virginia Public Library and Arrowhead Library System, will host two (separate) online events for the release of Waterfall: A Novel by Minnesota author Mary Casanova on Thursday, April 8. Waterfall, available April 6, is the newest historical novel from Casanova, also author of Frozen and Ice-Out.

Virginia Public Library

• 12 p.m.
• Register at www.virginiapubliclibrary.
info/2372-2/ or call the library at 218-748-7525;
only 75 spaces are available.
• Part of the Book Lovers’ Tea series sponsored
by Friends of the Virginia Public Library

Arrowhead Library System

• 7 p.m.
• Pre-registration is required—visit www. or call
ALS at 218-741-3840 by Monday, April 5. Zoom
log-in information will be sent out 24 hours
prior to the online workshop.
• Conversation moderated by Margi Preus
• This program, sponsored by Arrowhead
Library System, was funded in part or in
whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and
Cultural Heritage Fund.



In her third Rainy Lake historical drama, Mary Casanova takes readers to pristine and rugged northern Minnesota. Informed by historical figures, by the burgeoning growth of women’s rights in the early 20th century, and the complicated issue of mental illness and how “difficult” women were silenced, Waterfall offers a compelling story of a young woman’s fight to find her way, according to University of Minnesota Press. This title is aimed at adults and is a recommended crossover for older teens.

Mary Logue, author of The Streel and the Claire Watkins mystery series, says, “Waterfall is a thoughtful and beautifully written story about a young woman struggling to find her independence. Set in the 1920s, the book gives us glimpses of the issues of the day, which remain important now—women’s rights, anti-Semitism, treatment of mental illness, lynchings. A deeply satisfying read, it shows that one can go over the waterfall and still survive.”

Mary Casanova is author of 39 books, ranging from picture books to historical fiction, including Hush, Hush Forest; Frozen; and Ice-Out, published by University of Minnesota Press. Her awards include an American Library Association Notable, Aesop Accolades from the American Folklore Society, a Parent’s Choice Gold Award, Booklist Editor’s Choice, and two Minnesota Book Awards.

Books are available for purchase through Zenith Bookstore ( waterfall) or by calling 218-606-1777. For more information on the book, visit www.upress.

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