Tamarack County by William Kent KruegerA Look Ahead

We’re coming up on spring—finally!  Here in Minnesota, we’ve experienced one of the most severe winters on record.  But spring promises something very different.

On March 4, Ordinary Grace comes out in a beautiful trade paperback edition.  I couldn’t be happier with the work my publisher, Atria Books, has put into making this novel look so beautiful.  And I couldn’t be happier with the reception Ordinary Grace has had among readers and critics.  It’s already received the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for Best Novel of the year.  It’s been nominated as well for the Edgar Award, the Dilys Award, and the Left Coast Crime Squid Award.  It’s been included on many Best of 2013 lists.  So, despite the harsh winter, I’ve got a lot of sun in my sky these days.

And I just turned in the manuscript for #14 in my Cork O’Connor series.  It’s a novel called Windigo Island.  When the body of a young runaway girl washes up on the rocky shore of Windigo Island, the residents of the nearby Ojibwe reservation believe it’s the work of a monster out of their myths, a creature called the windigo.  The mysterious disappearance of another young girl finally draws Cork into an investigation that will bring him into a deadly battle with monsters both mythic and terribly real.  Windigo Island is scheduled for publication on August 19, 2014.  I’m putting together my tour schedule now, and I’ll be posting it sometime in April, so keep an eye out for an appearance at a bookstore near you.

With the next Cork O’Connor under my belt, I’ll be turning my attention back to a project that is a companion novel to Ordinary Grace.  It’s a manuscript I’m calling This Tender Land.  Like Ordinary Grace it’s set in southern Minnesota, and in an earlier time, in this case, the late 1950s.  There’s murder and mystery in it; in my books, there’s always murder and mystery.  But like Ordinary Grace, it’s a story about so much more.   As I sink myself ever deeper into this project, I’ll keep you enlightened about the story and about my progress.

Also on tap, the Tucson Book Festival, Left Coast Crime, and the Festival of Faith and Writing.  So a very busy, very joyful spring ahead for me.  I hope the same for you.


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