Library is hosting local author Odell

Local author Jonathan Odell will appear Saturday, Aug. 18, 2 p.m., at the Rum River Library as part of the Club Book program.

Jonathan Odell
Jonathan Odell

Club Book, a program of the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) and coordinated by the Library Foundation of Hennepin County, brings best-selling and award-winning national and regional authors to libraries across the seven-county metropolitan region.

This program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Seating is first come, first seated. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

“It’s great to see local authors finding national acclaim,” said Anoka County Commissioner Dan Erhart.  “Perhaps this experience will inspire other gifted local writers to put pen to paper to publish.”

Odell is the author of the novel “The View from Delphi,” which deals with the struggle for racial equality in pre-civil rights Mississippi, his home state.

His new novel, “The Healing,” explores the subversive role that story plays in the healing of an oppressed people.

Odell’s short stories and essays have been published in the Utne Reader, A View from the Loft and Stories from the Blue Moon Café III, among other publications.

“This is a great opportunity to meet one of fiction’s rising stars,” said Anoka County Library Board President Bob Thistle, “Come to hear more about the creation of his inspiring novel ‘The Healing’.”

This Club Book event is hosted by Anoka County Library and is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

The Rum River Library is located at 4201 sixth Ave., Anoka.

More information about Club Book events can be found by visiting