One Book | One Minnesota

One Book | One Minnesota is a new statewide book club that invites Minnesotans of all ages to read a common title and come together virtually to enjoy, reflect and discuss.

Through their local libraries, Minnesotans are invited to read the featured book selection and will have access to author videos, reading guides, and virtual book club discussions.

The Eighth Chapter features Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger.

Iron Lake is the first novel in the bestselling Cork O’Connor mystery series and winner of the Minnesota Book Award and Anthony Award for Best First Novel. Part Irish, part Anishinaabe Indian, Corcoran “Cork” O’Connor is the former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota. Embittered over losing his job as a cop and over the marital meltdown that has separated him from his wife and children, Cork gets by on heavy doses of caffeine, nicotine, and guilt. Once a cop on Chicago’s South Side, there’s not much that can shock him. But when a powerful local politician is brutally murdered the same night a young Indian boy goes missing, Cork takes on a harrowing case of corruption, conspiracy, and scandal. As a blizzard buries Aurora, Cork must dig for answers before more people, among them those he loves, will die. 

Iron Lake is available in ebook and digital audio through Ebooks Minnesota through September 4th. Copies are also available from your library and on OverDrive.

Join author William Kent Krueger for a discussion via Zoom at 7 pm on August 11th. Register for the free conversation at

After the author talk, Marshall-Lyon County Librarians will hold a follow-up discussion, date and time TBA.

Links to resources and more information can be found at Find past selections in the Plum Creek Catalog in the SelectReads list.

One Book | One Minnesota is presented by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, in partnership with State Library Services and sponsored by Spire Credit Union. Program partners also include Blackstone Audio; Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators; Mackin VIAMinitex; the Minnesota Department of Education; and Soho Press. This program is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, as well as through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

One Book, One Minnesota

Learn more about the program from The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.

Read on EBooks MN

Check out the book or audiobook through Ebooks Minnesota through May 15.

Find at your Library

Find a copy of Iron Lake in the Plum Creek Library System.

Past Selections

View past selections of the One Book One Minnesota state-wide book club.