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Dellwood pianist LaWayne Leno has authored a biography about 19th century pianist Adele aus der Ohe. — Submitted

Dellwood pianist LaWayne Leno has authored a biography about 19th century pianist Adele aus der Ohe. The woman was one of Franz Liszt's youngest, and eventually one of his most celebrated, students. The 304-page self-published book retails for $18 and is available online and at Lake Country Booksellers.

As a youth, Leno studied piano with two of aus der Ohe’s former students. He now teaches and performs with pianist Reid Smith. He also has served as a church organist, choir accompanist, duo partner with Alex Romano and has performed at the Piano Texas International Festival.

Mahtomedi resident Mark Berriman has published a poetry collection, titled “Brutally Frank.” It’s his second collection. Berriman also is an artist and director of operations for the Stillwater Gazette.

A book release party, with a reading and music from Half a Head will be held at 6 p.m.  Friday, June 15 at Lift Bridge Brewery, 1900 Tower Drive, Stillwater. Berriman will also hold a book signing at 6:30 p.m. June 28 at the Valley Bookseller in Stillwater.

The book also can be ordered online (cost is $14 and includes shipping) at wix.com/markberriman/brutally-frank.

 Lake Country Booksellers will host two local authors on Saturday, June 16. The store is at 4766 Washington Square, downtown White Bear Lake.

Award-winning White Bear Lake children’s author and illustrator David LaRochelle will sign books and draw cartoons beginning at 10 a.m. The former teacher has written or illustrated over 25 books. See david

Vadnais Heights author Angie Reinbold Ibarra will hold a book signing at 2 p.m. Last year Ibarra published “Tales of a Community That Was,” a short history of Germans from Russia who settled in Krassna, North Dakota.

On Sunday, July 1, Julie Kramer and fellow local author Catherine Carey (“White Bear: a History”) will sign books from 1 to 3 p.m. at the White Bear Country Inn.

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