Minnesota authors, including some local, to participate in book signing event in Worthington

Serenity Gifts in downtown Worthington will host several Minnesota authors from 10 a.m. to noon.

Pile of books
Pile of books
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WORTHINGTON — Serenity Gifts in downtown Worthington is hosting a multi-author book signing event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at its shop, 201 10th St.

Owner Sheri Van Der Brink said six Minnesota authors, as well as a local couple with strong ties to authors, will be on hand to autograph their books and visit with readers.

“I have so many authors in here that are from Minnesota and are Minnesota-based story lines,” Van Der Brink said of the selection of books she offers for sale at her store. “I thought, let’s get all of them exposed — how cool would it be to get a whole group of authors here.”

Allen Eskens
Allen Eskens
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Among the authors coming for the event are Allen Eskens from the Mankato area who has penned several books, including "The Life we Bury," "The Heavens May Fall," "Nothing More Dangerous," "The Shadows We Hide," "The Guise of Another," "The Stolen Hours" and "The Deep Dark Descending." Eskens has twice been to Worthington to speak at the Nobles County Library about his writing.

Twin Cities author Wendy Webb has written four books, all of which will


Wendy Webb
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be available on Saturday. They include "The Vanishing," "The Haunting of Brynn Wilder," "The Keepers of Metsan Valo" and "Daughters of the Lake."

Adrian Lee, of Windom, will have both of his books, "Mysterious
Minnesota" and "How to be a Christian Psychic," on hand, while Laura Honken, of Lismore, will be signing her recently self-published book, "The Best Laid Lies."

AUTHOR Adrian Lee.
Adrian Lee
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Shawna Marshall, Luverne, also has published her first book,
"Redemption," and Kate Swenson, of the Twin Cities, is the author of "Forever Boy," a mother’s memoir of autism and finding joy.

Dea Klumper, daughter of Worthington author Ruth Hein, who penned five books of ghost stories, will be on hand to sign books in her mother’s memory. Hein wrote "Ghostly Tales of Southwest Minnesota," "Ghostly Tales of Minnesota," "More Ghostly Tales of Minnesota," "Ghostly Tales of Iowa," and "Around a Minnesota Campfire."

Shawna Marshall
Shawna Marshall

Dea’s husband, Wayne Klumper, will also be on hand to autograph copies of "Heals: A story of Tragedy, Miracles and Love," which was written by their children — Dan Klumper, Tresse Klumper Evenson and Joe Klumper — following Wayne’s motorcycle crash and recovery.

Van Der Brink said each of the authors will be at tables stationed throughout the shop. People are welcome to get autographs, ask questions of the authors and visit.

“It’s kind of an open forum,” Van Der Brink said. “Some of the authors are new; some have been writers for many years.

“I’m so excited for this,” she added. “I’m thrilled that we’ve got authors as close as Windom and Lismore; some from the cities and some from the Mankato area.”


Kate Swenson
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Serenity Gifts carries a selection of Minnesota-based authors and books, and Van Der Brink has read several of them already, with more to go.

Copies are available for purchase at the store, and Van Der Brink said people are welcome to bring books that they’ve already purchased with them on Saturday to be signed.

In addition to the author visits, Serenity Gifts is hosting a kids craft event on Saturday. Pre-registration is recommended, but walk-ins are welcome to participate in painting garden stones.

“They will have guidance painting it here in the store,” Van Der Brink said. “If they want it as an outside stone, they can take it home and bake it.”

While Van Der Brink anticipates a busy day in the store on Saturday, she’s excited to bring a new event to the community.

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