The Pine River Public Library will host two local authors in July.

Local children's author Susan Wardell and her book, "My Grandma's Hands," will be featured during story time at 10:15 a.m. Friday, July 12. Wardell will read and discuss her book then lead the children in a story craft.

Wardell grew up in St. Paul and moved to the Backus area in 2016. She is a retired preschool and special education teacher. Being a grandmother to her three grandchildren what is what inspired her to write her book about the important role hands play in the bonding relationships.

Learn about Wardell and her writings at

Local author Craig Nagel will visit the library at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 15, to discuss stories from his newest book, "Looking Back: A 1950s Boyhood." Nagel has written several books and enjoys spending time with his readers to talk about his experiences and any parallel memories that may have been stirred to life by his books.

Nagel lives in the woods near Pequot Lakes with his wife, Claire. To learn about Nagel and his writings, visit

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