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Best-selling mystery author to present for 'Thursdays @ the U'

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

Since we first gathered around fires during the Stone Age, stories have been at the heart of the human experience. Stories have always entertained us, but they can do so much more. In real ways, stories have the power to transform us.

William Kent Krueger, author of the best-selling Cork O-Connor murder mystery series, will present “The Transformative Power of Stories” from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, for UW-Eau Claire – Barron County's "Thursdays @ the U" lecture and performance series. The event will be held in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus, 1800 College Drive.

Krueger also will give a talk at 7 p.m. at the Rice Lake Public Library for those who aren’t available to attend a noon-time presentation.

Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, Krueger briefly attended Stanford University — before being kicked out for "radical activities." After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism and eventually ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota. Krueger currently makes his living as a full-time author.

Krueger writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota. His protagonist is Cork O’Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of multicultural heritage — part Irish and part Ojibwe. His work has received a number of awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Dilys Award and the Friends of American Writers Prize. His last eight novels were all New York Times bestsellers.

“Ordinary Grace,” his stand-alone novel published in 2013, received the Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America in recognition for the best novel published in that year. “Desolation Mountain,” No. 17 in his Cork O’Connor series, will be released in August 2018.

For more information about "Thursdays @ the U," contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at or 715-234-8176, ext. 5417.