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Author Leif Enger

Join us for a Writer's Salon with Minnesota author Leif Enger. Leif will read from his recent novel, Virgil Wander, take questions from the audience, and sign books.


Leif Enger was raised in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio for nearly twenty years. He is author of the best-selling novels Peace Like a River and So Brave, Young, and Handsome. He lives on a farm in Minnesota with his wife and two sons.


Midwestern movie house owner Virgil Wander is “cruising along at medium altitude” when his car flies off the road into icy Lake Superior. Virgil survives but his language and memory are altered and he emerges into a world no longer familiar to him. Awakening in this new life, Virgil begins to piece together his personal history and the lore of his broken town, with the help of a cast of affable and curious locals—from Rune, a twinkling, pipe-smoking, kite-flying stranger investigating the mystery of his disappeared son; to Nadine, the reserved, enchanting wife of the vanished man, to Tom, a journalist and Virgil’s oldest friend; and various members of the Pea family who must confront tragedies of their own. Into this community returns a shimmering prodigal son who may hold the key to reviving their town.

With intelligent humor and captivating whimsy, Leif Enger conjures a remarkable portrait of a region and its residents, who, for reasons of choice or circumstance, never made it out of their defunct industrial district. Carried aloft by quotidian pleasures including movies, fishing, necking in parked cars, playing baseball and falling in love, Virgil Wander is a swift, full journey into the heart and heartache of an often overlooked American Upper Midwest by a “formidably gifted” (Chicago Tribune) master storyteller.

Event Date: 
Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 7:00pm
12 E. Wisconsin St.
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Virgil Wander Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802128782
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Published: Grove Press - October 2nd, 2018

So Brave, Young, and Handsome Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802144171
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Published: Grove Press - April 8th, 2009

Peace Like a River Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802139252
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - August 7th, 2002