Novel draws on local lore, book signing Aug. 9

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Author Scott Klesk is hosting a book signing Aug. 9 at the Quiet Cricket in Vergas.
Author Scott Klesk will be at the Quiet Cricket selling and autographing his latest book, Scalp Lake, Friday, Aug. 9 from 1-3 p.m.
The historical novel is rich with Native history in the North Star State and follows the adventures of a young Steven Holden as he travels Minnesota in search of Indian spirits and Shaman. The story also mingles the genres of mystery and romance.
Klesk’s muse for the book rose with the mist on Lake Six where he has a cottage and often spends weekends in the summer.
Watching the water and morning dew on the green grass ignited memories of all the stories he’d heard about the Natives who lived off the land years ago. So, Klesk decided to do research. 
He unearthed a Sioux  massacre of a Chippewa tribe near Dead Lake in Otter Tail County, which is what the 190-page story is based on. 
“I thought about this story for 6 years before I put it paper and then it took just over a year to get it finished,” Klesk said.
“I felt that American Indians have a very cool culture that doesn’t get the credit it deserves,” he noted. “I bring a lot of the culture out in this book. I don’t mean to make the American Indians out as bad guys. It is only a fictional story.”
Klesk grew up in Minneapolis and is an  information technology business analyst and is in the process of editing his second novel, Radio Man, a military thriller based in Iran.
Friday, August 9, 2013 - 14:00