Author to speak about new thriller ‘Thief River Falls’

While the Brainerd Public Library is closed, Brown Bag Lunch author visits will be presented as live events on the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library Facebook page.

Author Brian Freeman will discuss his latest thriller, “Thief River Falls” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, June 1. In this novel, a best-selling writer is living in seclusion after losing her family to a series of tragedies. She risks her life to protect a child who is being targeted by both killers and by police who would cover up the murder.

Author Brian Freeman
Author Brian Freeman

Freeman is a New York Times bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Jonathan Stride and Frost Easton series. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 22 languages. He is widely acclaimed for his “you are there” settings and his complex, engaging characters and twist-filled plots, a news release stated. Freeman’s novel “Spilled Blood” won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards given out by the International Thriller Writers organization, and his fifth novel “The Burying Place” was a finalist for the same award. He has been selected as the author to continue Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne series, with a new Bourne novel due in 2020.

This presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteer and fundraising efforts.

The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library are celebrating the 21st season of the Brown Bag Lunch Author Series with a lineup of award-winning and acclaimed Minnesota writers.

For more information, contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the library’s Facebook page at

The book cover of Author Brian Freeman's latest thriller, “Thief River Falls.” Submitted Photo
The book cover of Author Brian Freeman's latest thriller, “Thief River Falls.” Submitted Photo

BCT announces 2 musical productions

Brainerd Community Theatre announces it will feature two musical productions this summer. The productions are geared for actors between the ages of 18-30. Both shows are scheduled to perform outdoors at Central Lakes College in Brainerd and auditions will be hosted June 1-2.

The first show is “The Marvelous Wonderettes” which calls for four female vocalists who are strong on their own but also can harmonize in a small group. Women who plan to audition are asked to come prepared with a ‘50s or ‘60s style pop song of their choice to sing. However, a song from the show is more than acceptable.

The second show is “Shhh-Boom – Life Could be a Dream.” This show calls for four males and one female vocalist. These performers need to be strong on their own, but also able to blend and harmonize with a group. People who audition are asked come prepared with a ‘50s or ‘60s style pop song of their choice to sing. However, something from the show is more than acceptable.

Auditions will take place in person from 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 1-2 at CLC by appointment.

People who audition may bring a track with them if needed. There will be a speaker available. People also are welcomed to sing acapella if they would like.

Those wishing to audition must sign up in advance; no walk-in auditions will be allowed. To sign up for an audition time contact Travis Chaput by email at

“The Marvelous Wonderettes” is scheduled to perform July 21-24 and “Shhh-Boom” will perform Aug. 4-7.

First rehearsal will be at 6:30 p.m. June 4.

MCHS offers online event

LITTLE FALLS — Morrison County Historical Society is offering “Exploring Ojibwe Genealogy,” an online event scheduled from 3-4:30 p.m. June 6.

Ojibwe authors David MacArthur and Mona Marshall will help people interested in tracing their Ojibwe ancestry.

MacArthur is author of “The Day the Watertower Froze” and “His Name Was David Sam,” two books filled with stories about his time working with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. MacArthur is enrolled in the Minnesota White Earth Ojibwe tribe.

Marshall, whose Ojibwe name is Wemitigoozhikwezens, meaning Little French Girl, is a self-taught artist who writes and illustrates stories about animals. She attributes her love of nature and animals to her Native American heritage and is an enrolled member of the Minnesota White Earth Ojibwe tribe.

MacArthur and Marshall are cousins and have been exploring their family history together. They will share resources they are using to trace their Ojibwe ancestors and discuss the process of determining tribal enrollment.

This online event is offered by the Morrison County Historical Society, which has numerous resources that can be used in tracing Ojibwe families. “Exploring Ojibwe Genealogy” will be online via Zoom. It is free to attend, however participants must register by calling 320-632-4007 or sending an email to

People are asked to provide their name, phone number and an email address so that MCHS staff can send a link to the event. Zoom also allows participation via conference call, so those with limited or no internet access can attend by phone.

Registration is limited to 12 people and the deadline to register is June 5.