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Spotlight event: Jacqueline West

"The Strangers," which is volume four in "The Books of Elsewhere" series, hits the shelves of bookstores across the country.

Written by Red Wing resident Jacqueline West, the middle-grade fantasy series has garnered starred reviews, received multiple awards and nominations, and been translated into 11 languages since the debut of "Volume One: The Shadows" in 2010.

West will be appearing at multiple local events to celebrate the book's release.

From 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday July 20, see her at Karma Gifts of River Falls. West hosts a book release party for "The Strangers", featuring a reading, Q&A, and treats.

At noon Saturday July 27, she will be reading, signing and chatting at Valley Bookseller in Stillwater.

Readers of all ages are welcome.

At a glance ...

Author and Red Wing resident Jacqueline West.

What: The Strangers," part of "The Books of Elsewhere."

When: 1-3 p.m. Saturday July 20

Where: Karma Gifts, 204 N. Main St., River Falls

Cost: Free

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