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Book Lovers Night

Book Lovers Night

Book Lovers events are intended for people who love books, as a way to get together and enjoy conversation with each other and with interesting invited authors.

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Allen Eskens

Book Lovers Night

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Gorecki Conference Center, Room 204
College of Saint Benedict
St. Joseph, MN

Community Reader Recommendations 6:45pm
Author at 7:00pm

Author will be available to sign books afterward. CSB/SJU Bookstores will have recommended books for sale at 20% discount at the event. Sponsored by the CSB/SJU Libraries, this event is free and open to the public.

Allen Eskens is a successful criminal defense attorney from Minnesota who has turned his talent and attention to writing highly evocative and engaging fiction— mysteries with a literary edge. His debut novel, The Life We Bury, won the Rosebud Award for best debut novel. It was named a finalist for the Edgar Award, the Thriller Award and the Anthony Award for Best First Novel. It was also a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award and the Barry Award.

Book Lovers Night will feature Eskens discussing his latest novel, The Guise of Another, which was released in the fall of 2015.

Allen has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Minnesota, and a Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law. He honed his creative writing skills through the M.F.A. program at Minnesota State University as well as classes and seminars at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.

The Guise of Another is the follow up to Allen Eskens’ award winning novel, The Life We Bury and seeks to answer the question: Who was James Putnam?

The answer to that question may help Detective Alexander Rupert salvage his wrecked career. A former Medal of Valor winner, Rupert is now under subpoena by a grand jury on suspicion of corruption. Rupert gets the Putnam case and sees within it the opportunity to prove himself and repair his tattered reputation.

But the investigation puts him in the path of a sociopath who has been searching for the missing Putnam for years. And before he knows it, Rupert’s life, which was already in shambles, is now also in danger. As he feels his life spinning out of control, his steadfast brother and fellow police detective Max may be Rupert’s last hope.