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David Oppegaard Book Launch

  • Artista Bottega 937 7th Street West Saint Paul, MN, 55102 United States (map)


ST. PAUL, MN, September 8, 2017 – Flux, an imprint of North Star Editions, Inc. (NSE) is excited to announce the September 26, 2017 release of The Town Built on Sorrow by St. Paul author David Oppegaard. In this thrilling young adult horror novel sixteen-year-old Harper Spurling unknowingly befriends a teenage serial killer who is terrorizing the small, mountain foothills town of Hawthorn. Final copies are available by request.

Early reviews of the book have been extremely positive, with much praise for both the book and the author:

“Oppegaard gives a powerful voice to an angry young man.” —Children’s Literature

“An intense, page-turning, often harrowing nail-biter.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Fans of dark, quirky dramas with a strong sense of place will love this book.”
School Library Journal

This is Oppegaard’s second young adult novel published with Flux. He is also the author of The Firebug of Balrog County (2015) a 2016 finalist for the Minnesota Book Awards.

Book Launch and Signing Event

A publication reading and signing has been organized to celebrate the book’s launch at Artista Bottega on September 30, 2017. The event is free and all ages are welcome. The Town Built on Sorrow will be available for purchase from Addendum Books of St. Paul.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017
Location: Artista Bottega, 937 7th St W, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
Time: 3-4 p.m.
Price: Free and open to the public.
Age: All ages welcome, however the book is appropriate for readers ages 14-adult. The book does contain strong language and mature themes.

More about The Town Built on Sorrow:
Welcome to the strange mountain foothills town of Hawthorn, where sixteen-year-old Harper Spurling finds herself increasingly obsessed with the diary of a local 1860s pioneer girl while a serial killer runs unchecked through the area, dumping his victims into the town’s dark river. As Harper’s curiosity leads her closer and closer to the killer, she’ll have to think fast or join the killer’s growing list of victims. Because in Hawthorn, a town built on sorrow, the barrier between life and death is as fragile as an old forgotten skull.

About the author

David Oppegaard grew up in the small town of Lake Crystal, MN, and wrote his first novel at the age of fifteen. He holds an MFA in Writing from Hamline University and a BA in English from St. Olaf College. Oppegaard is the author of the 2016 Minnesota Book Award finalist The Firebug of Balrog County (Flux), the Bram Stoker-nominated The Suicide Collectors (St. Martin’s Press), And the Hills Opened Up (Burnt Bridge), and Wormwood, Nevada (St. Martin’s Press). He lives and writes in St. Paul.

About Flux and North Star Editions
Flux publishes diverse young adult fiction. North Star Editions, Inc. publishes fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages that inspires, informs, and entertains. For more information, visit or


Earlier Event: September 29
Red Bird Chap Books Reading
Later Event: September 30
Photographs by Timothy Rignell