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Content Bookstore
314 Division St., Northfield, MN


May 30 2024


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A Conversation with Cheri Johnson and Lindsay Starck

Content is delighted to invite you to a literary conversation with Minnesota mystery writers Cheri Johnson and Lindsay Starck, as they discuss their new novels ANNIKA ROSE and MONSTERS WE HAVE MADE. Join us on Thursday, May 30th at 7 p.m. for a fascinating reading and conversation, facilitated by Northfield poet D.E. Green.

On ANNIKA ROSE: “Seventeen-year-old Annika Rose and her father Wes have spent the years since the death of Annika’s mother in self-imposed social isolation on their farm on the edge of the woods. When a young woman named Tina moves into a house down the road, the result is a sudden explosion of feelings in both father and daughter and a fierce rivalry. At stake in the competition is not only their relationship, but the life of the vulnerable young woman at the center of it all.”

On MONSTERS WE HAVE MADE: “Thirteen years ago, Sylvia Gray’s young daughter, Faye, attacked her babysitter in order to impress the Kingman, a monster she and her best friend had encountered on the Internet. When the now twenty-three-year-old Faye goes missing, leaving her toddler behind, Sylvia launches a search that propels her back into the past and back into the Kingman’s orbit. With the help of her estranged husband and a sister she hasn’t spoken to in years, Sylvia draws dangerously closer not only to Faye, but also to the truth about the monster that once inspired her. Will Sylvia be able to reach her daughter before history repeats itself? Or will it be Sylvia, this time, who loses her grip on reality and succumbs to the dark powers of this monstrous fiction?”

Cheri Johnson has won grants and residencies from organizations such as the McKnight Foundation, the Bush Foundation, Yaddo, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She studied writing at the University of Minnesota, Hollins University, and Augsburg University. Her chapbook of poems FUN & GAMES was published by Finishing Line Press in 2009 and she’s written two series of nonfiction books for young readers for Full Tilt Press. CROCUS HILL: A GHOST STORY a literary performance project she created with the composer Julie Johnson, the filmmaker D.J. Mendel, and the new-music ensemble Zeitgeist, was supported by the Knight Foundation. She’s published fiction and other work in magazines such as PleiadesGlimmer Train StoriesPuerto del Sol, and New South, and her novel THE GIRL IN DULUTH which she published under the name Sigrid Brown, won a 2023 Midwest Book Award. Her novel ANNIKA ROSE won the 2022 Women’s Prose Prize from Red Hen Press and will be published in May 2024. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Lindsay Starck was born in Wisconsin and raised in the Milwaukee Public Library. She is the author of the novel Noah’s Wife (Putnam, 2016) and Monsters We Have Made (Vintage, 2024). Her short fiction has appeared in the Southern Review, the New England ReviewPloughshares, and elsewhere. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and her cattle dog, and she teaches at Augsburg University.