The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library are celebrating the 20th season of the Brown Bag Lunch Author Series this summer with an outstanding lineup of award-winning and acclaimed Minnesota writers.

At noon Monday, June 17, the library will host Kimberly J. Brown, who wrote the book "The I-35W Bridge Collapse" detailing her experience of survival. On her way to a soccer game with a teammate, Brown experienced the collapse firsthand, falling 114 feet in her teammate's car to the Mississippi River. Although terrified, injured and in shock, she survived. In this sobering memoir and exposé, Brown recounts her harrowing experience.

In the aftermath of the disaster, Brown became both an advocate for survivors and an unofficial whistleblower about decaying infrastructure. She details her investigation and correspondence with engineers from Thornton Tomasetti, including the false official account of the collapse and the eventual revelation of its real causes. In addition, she chronicles the ongoing decay of America's bridges and the continuing challenges faced by leaders to address infrastructure problems across the country.

All presentations begin at noon at the Brainerd Public Library. Attendees are welcome to bring a packed lunch or just enjoy the light refreshments provided. These presentations are sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteer and fundraising efforts.

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