After COVID began, the VINE Adult Community Center started moving its presentations online and is now offering a free monthly presentation featuring local authors.  The first author talk will be Monday, July 20 at 2 pm, featuring fiction writer Thomas Maltman.

His first novel, “The Night Birds,” won an Alex Award, a Spur Award, and the Friends of American Writers Literary Award.  In 2009, the American Library Association chose “The Night Birds” as an “Outstanding Book for the College Bound.”  “Little Wolves” was his second novel. His third novel, “The Land,” is forthcoming in October, 2020.

The virtual author series continues in August with Allen Eskens.  Eskens is the bestselling author of “The Life We Bury,”

Those interested in attending the virtual presentation can register online at or by calling (507) 387-1666.