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Library launches 2nd annual ECRL Reads

Featuring The Fate of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb

The 2nd Annual ECRL Reads, featuring the suspenseful mystery The Fate of Mercy Alban by Minnesota Book Award winner Wendy Webb, is fast approaching and so are the related programs and events at all East Central Regional Library locations.

In The Fate of Mercy Alban, Grace Alban has spent 20 years away from her childhood home, the stately Alban House on the shores of Lake Superior, for reasons she would rather forget. But when her mother’s unexpected death brings Grace and her teenage daughter home, she finds more haunting in the halls and passageways of Alban House than her own personal demons.

Wendy Webb was born and raised in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Even though she loved her career as a journalist, writing for national and local magazines and newspapers, she never forgot her dream of being a novelist. Her writing has been compared to that of Stephen King and Bram Stoker. She is a two-time Minnesota Book Award winner for The Tale of Halcyon Crane (2011) and The End of Temperance Dare (2018). Today, she divides her time between homes in Duluth and Minneapolis, and a cabin on the Gunflint Trail.


The 2nd Annual ECRL Reads will include programming throughout the months of October and November. Learn to preserve and write about your family stories and history. Catch presentations of the most devastating storm ever for ships on Lake Superior and the iron barons of the Iron Range. Hear about some of the most haunted places and bizarre history of Minnesota. Watch for these and more events along with author visits and book discussions of The Fate of Mercy Alban at East Central Regional Library locations.

For more information including book availability, drop by your library or visit  ECRL Reads is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.