Local Author Festival

Albert Lea Public Library presents:

The Second Annual Local Author Festival

           This event will consist of a panel discussion with the                               featured authors followed by book signings.                  Books will be available to purchase at the event.

Tuesday, August 22

6 p.m.

Edgewater Bay Pavilion

  Quinn Avery

    A life-long Minnesota        resident, Quinn Avery             writes romantic                 suspense thrillers,               some of which are            set in her favorite              haunts (i.e. Mankato            and Lake Shetek).           An avid fan of the beach, a good book,       and Dave Grohl, she enjoys spending her free time traveling with her favorite people and biggest fans–her    husband and children.

Susan Joyce

Susan Joyce is an award-winning financial advisor and lecturer who has given hundreds of presentations and seminars in the area of financial management, business development and marketing, career and personal development and economic trends and political impacts on personal finance. She has served various local, state and national organizations to promote women’s rights as well as serving as an advisor to her community financial and academic committees. Susan continues to work passionately to educate people, particularly women, about the world of finance for the purpose of empowering them to live their lives fully and with greater purpose.

Sherrie Hansen

Sherrie’s life work, rescuing a dilapidated Victorian from the bulldozer’s grips and turning it into a B&B and tea house, the Blue Belle Inn, just came to a graceful end after 30 all-consuming years. Sherrie and her real-life hero, Mark Decker, a pastor, have settled into a vintage 1950’s house on a picturesque acreage in North Iowa. In her first year of retirement, Sherrie published a cookbook of Blue Belle Inn recipes and two new novels following her highly-acclaimed contemporary romantic suspense novels and mysteries set in Northern Minnesota, Florida, Ireland, Czechia, Scotland, and Denmark.

Gail Kittleson

After instructing college writing classes, this late-blooming author penned a memoir which led to fiction writing. Her WWII historical fiction honors Greatest Generation folks who manifest the determination our society still needs today. A Mystery On Church Street, her first cozy mystery, features Albert Lea and other Midwest towns during World War II. Gail has served on the Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference faculty (2022), the Greater Philly Christian Writers’ Conference (2023) and facilitates workshops for libraries, museums, historical societies and regional writing organizations.

Milt Ost

Born in Beulah, North Dakota, Rev. Milt Ost finished his degree work in psychology, philosophy and theology in Iowa. He also interned in San Francisco, which included volunteer chaplaincy work at San Quentin prison. Milt later served parishes in North Dakota and Minnesota during his entire career. He authored the historical novel Tumbleweeds trilogy series depicting the opening of the American Midwest, telling the story through five generations of one family. In the process he and his wife left their footprints on five of the world’s continents. He resides in Albert Lea, MN.

Leonid Skorin Jr.

Dr. Leonid Skorin, Jr. is a board-certified ophthalmologist and a fellowship-trained neuro-ophthalmologist. He has been doing eye surgery in Albert Lea for 23 years. He has lectured throughout the United States and Canada and has given presentations in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, England, Spain, Germany and Ukraine. He has approximately 500 published medical journal articles, 10 book chapters and 5 textbooks.

Tom Schleck

A 1967 graduate of the University of Minnesota and twenty-one year St. Paul resident, Tom Schleck has resided for fifty-one years in Albert Lea, MN and has 3 grown daughters and 11 grandchildren, one deceased. He served in the United States Army and worked thirty-seven years for Freeborn County. Tom has been a member of the American Legion Post #56 in Albert Lea for more than fifty years and is also a member and past President of the Albert Lea Cloverleaf Lions.