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Minnesota Author Mary Casanova Visits Area Libraries

When Mary Casanova was growing up, there weren’t many books for young readers that really had the ability to catch her atten­tion. Though she could read aloud well, read­ing comprehension was difficult and books she read had to catch her attention right away. Casanova grew up in a family of ten children, and writing became her voice.

Many of Casanova’s books have been in­spired by her life on the Minnesota-Canadi­an border, and she discussed these books at the Two Harbors Public Library on April 14. From picture books such as One-Dog Canoe to young readers’ books like her Dog Watch series to historical fiction including Riot and Frozen, Casanova’s “up-north” books cover diverse aspects of life in Northern Minnesota.

Casanova’s books aren’t limited to Minne­sota, though. She’s traveled as far as France, Norway, and Belize to research her historical fiction novels Curse of a Winter Moon and The Klipfish Code and her many books for American Girl.

At the Two Harbors Public Library, Casa­nova warmly greeted those who came to her presentation. The library displayed their col­lection of her books, and Casanova also had books available to purchase. The program was sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and was funded with money from Minneso­ta’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Mary Casanova received a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board for the 2021 fiscal year. Thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, the program was made possible by Minnesota voters.

Casanova began her visits to the Arrow­head Library System Libraries on April 10 at the Cook Public Library. She will continue traveling to area libraries through April 26th, where she ends this tour at the Marble Public Library. Be sure to check your local library for her stop in your hometown, or catch Mary along her route as you travel through the Ar­rowhead Region this month.

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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