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Bemidji Library Book Festival: Authors to feature variety of genres

Cynthia Kraack, author of "Minnesota Cold," spoke at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts about her novels as the Bemidji Public Library celebrates the Book Festival this week. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Thankfully the sun promises to shine this morning on the authors and audiences for the third day of the Bemidji Library Book Festival.

The public appreciation for all the work done by the Festival's committee is shared at every event by the attendees.

This morning at 10:30 a.m., the audience will hear Catherine Friend, who writes for children and adults. Her children's books include "Barn Boot Blues," "Eddie the Raccoon" and "Silly Ruby," which is about a sheep, although the author says none of her sheep is silly or naughty. Her books are favorites among the young readers at the library, and many will be there to hear the author in person.

Friend returns at 2 p.m. to a second venue, the Diamond Point Park Main Building where she will speak about her book, "The Compassionate Carnivore." Although a farmer whose loves animals, Friend admits to being a meat-eating farmer, and that has led her to question the way animals are processed before they reach the stores and our tables. On her website it says, "Friend offers concrete tools readers can use to talk to farmers and processors, to negotiate the 'Brave New World' of humanely-raised meat." "Hit by a Farm," another one of her non-fiction books, tells the story of how she and her partner went into raising sheep in Minnesota. Friend's fiction works are of the adventure-romance genre and she has written three titles: "A Pirate's Heart," "The Crown of Valencia" and "The Spanish Pearl."

In the evening at 7 p.m. at the American Indian Resource Center, storyteller and motivational speaker, Colin Wesaw, will speak of his pride in the American Indian culture. Wesaw learned his craft at the feet of his father, who taught him how to tell stories, and his mother, who said to tell stories from the heart. Wesaw directs Native American Indian Youth Leadership Camps.