by Dennis Dalman
Two award-winning St. Joseph authors, Susan Sink and Jessie Chandler, will read from their recently published books Thursday, June 22 Minnesota Street Market on St. Joseph’s main street.
The literary event, dubbed the Second Annual Litfest (“Lit” for Literature), will take place from 9 a.m.-7:15 p.m. in the back lot of the market. It is free and open to the public.
After their readings, the two authors will ask each other questions and then members of the audience will have a chance to ask questions and give comments.
The theme of the event is “Unsolved: On the Mysterious Wisdom of Not Knowing Who, What, Where, When or How.” Not surprisingly, the two authors fit that theme well as both have written rather dark who-done-it novels involving crime.
Susan Sink, a long-time award-winning poet, decided to try her hand at a novel years ago and recently finished it and had it published. Her book, entitled “Officer Down,” is based on the unsolved shooting death of a Cold Spring police officer murdered outside of Winners Bar in downtown Cold Spring on Nov. 29, 2012.
Like Sink, Jessie Chandler also departed from her previous works for a novel that explores the darker side of life. For years, she was well known as the author of mostly humorous crime-detective books known collectively as the Shay O’Hanlon Caper Series. In her new work, a novel entitled “Quest for Redemption,” Chandler, a former police officer herself, reveals the heist of an antique document. However, much of the book’s theme is about the novel’s protagonist, who descends into tragedy, then comes to recognize aspects of herself – a realization that causes a change in action.