Cary J. Griffith

Award-winning author Cary J. Griffith grew up among the woods, fields, and emerald waters of eastern Iowa. His childhood fostered a lifelong love of wild places. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of Iowa and an M.A. in library science from the University of Minnesota. Griffith’s books explore the natural world. In nonfiction, he covers the borderlands between civilization and wild places.

In fiction, he focuses on the ways some people use flora and fauna to commit crimes, while others with more reverence and understanding of the natural world leverage their knowledge to bring criminals to justice. In both genres, readers are likely to learn something about our relationship to the natural world and the creatures who inhabit it. “I was 14 the first time I visited the lakes and boreal forests of northeastern Minnesota,” says Griffith, “and its beauty struck me.” Griffith is also the author of Gunflint Burning, Lost in the Wild, and Opening Goliath. He lives with his family in a suburb of Minnesota’s Twin Cities.

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The Sam Rivers Series

In A Sam Rivers Mystery series, award-winning author and natural history writer Cary J. Griffith introduces readers to Sam Rivers, a wildlife biologist who has built a respected career as a special agent for the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Follow Rivers as he tracks criminals through wilderness and frigid winters. He has to rely on a lifetime of skills to solve—and survive—every thrilling case. 


July 15
Noon – 2 p.m.
The Bookstore at Fitger’s
600 E. Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802

July 15
6 p.m.
Drury Lane Books
12 E. Wisconsin St.
Grand Marais, MN 55604

July 27
Noon – 1 p.m.
Virtual Luncheon for Friends of Boundary Waters
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July 29
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Piragas Northwoods Outfitters
105 N. Central Ave
Ely, MN 55731

July 29 
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Author Roundtable for Friends of Boundary Waters
529 E. Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731

August 3 

7 p.m. w/ Mary Logue (author of The Big Sugar)
Magers & Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

August 4 
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Lake Country Booksellers
4766 Washington Sq.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

August 5 
1 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
3230 Galleria 
Edina, MN 55435

August 12
1-3 p.m.
Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery

112 – 3rd St. W., Park Rapids MN  56470

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