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MN Author Mark Munger's New Novel - Kotimaa: Homeland

This morning we welcomed newly retired judge Mark Munger into our studios to talk about his new novel Kotimaa:  Homeland coming out on October 1st.  Looking at the cover of the book you might be like me and assume it's historical fiction.  It is.  But it's also tied to right now.  Immigration weaves it all together - from Finnish immigrants moving to the Iron Range for work to an American doctor in contemporary times working with Syrian refugees in Finland. 

Follow the journey of Anders Alhömaki from Finland to Norway to Duluth, Minnesota, to the UP of Michigan as he struggles to find his place in the world. Grab an armchair seat for the present-day thriller of religious zealotry on the eve of Finland’s Centennial Celebration that targets a high ranking official in the Finnish government for her support of Muslim immigration. Here’s what some folks are already saying about this stellar, timely, touching, and thrilling work of fiction founded on solid research and exemplary writing:

There's a opening book launch party on Thursday October 3rd at Fitger's in Duluthat 6:30pm - it's free and open to the public with a live interview with the author and live music from the stage. 

Heidi Holtan is KAXE's Director of Content and Public Affairs where she manages producers and is the local host of Morning Edition from NPR. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North.