William Kent Krueger.

William Kent Krueger.

"Windigo Island," William Kent Krueger's latest novel, is a mystery, yes, but it is also a book that shines a bright light onto a serious problem: the sex trafficking of young Native American girls.

Krueger's best-selling novels always give a glimpse into Native culture. His protagonist, Cork O'Connor, is half Irish and half Indian, a man who walks in both worlds.  But "Windigo Island" digs pretty deeply into the issues of poverty, racism and alcoholism, and its mystery centers on two missing Native girls.

Krueger will discuss the issue of sex trafficking on Nov. 19 at Black Bear Crossing cafe in Como Park. All proceeds from book sales that evening will be donated to Ain Dah Yung Center, a St. Paul organization that provides outreach and services to Native American families.

Krueger will be in conversation with Eileen Hudon and Christine Stark, both of whom have worked with the  Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition.

Here's the schedule for the evening:

5:30 p.m.: Welcome, food, and native drumming and solidary shawl project

6 p.m.: Krueger discussion.

7 p.m. Book reading and signing.

Black Bear Crossing is located at 1360 N. Lexington Parkway, in the pavilion of Como Park.

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