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Cougar Claw (A Sam Rivers Mystery) to be released June 14, 2022. Read press release here.

Greene, Ginny, Cougar Claw reviewed in Star Tribune, August 7, 2022.


Grossman, Mary Ann, "Readers and writers: A cougar attack, life and love in the ’70s and a novel set in Ukraine" (Review of Cougar Claw, Pioneer Press, June 18, 2022).

Friday, June 24, 9:30-noon, Cougar Claw book signing at Lake Country Booksellers, White Bear Lake, MN.

Saturday, June 25, 3:00-5:00, Cougar Claw book signing with Mary Logue at Once Upon a Crime, Minneapolis, MN.

Monday, June 27, Noon-1:00, Cougar Claw reading at Brainerd Public Library, Brainerd, MN.

Saturday, July 16, 1:00- 3:00, Cougar Claw book signing, Lake Superior Trading Post, Grand Marais, MN.

Saturday, July 23, Noon-2:00, Cougar Claw book signing, Bookstore at Fitgers, Duluth, MN.


Wolf Kill (A Sam Rivers Mystery) to be released June 15, 2021. Read press release here.

Four Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Writing, Adventure Publications Blog Post, April 30, 2021.

Why Wilderness Mystery Books Rivet Us (feature article by Cary Griffith), Mystery & Suspense Magazine, May 26, 2021.

Rogers, Andy, Rosemount author revisits first character in "Wolf Kill" - Dakota County Tribune, June 11. 2021.

Grossman, Mary Ann, Readers and Writers: New Minnesota fiction and non-fiction for your summer reading, Pioneer Press, June 13, 2021. (Excellent coverage of Wolf Kill)

Wednesday, June 16th 2020 7:00pm, via Zoom. Virtual Event: Wolf Kill By Cary J. Griffith;; 651/225-8989.
Register Now so you can join us via Zoom.

View recorded presentation on Next Chapter's Bookseller's YouTube post here:  "Wolf Kill" By Cary J. Griffith

Saturday, July 10th, 1-3, book signing at The Bookstore at Fitgers, Duluth. 


Friday, July 16th, 10-noon during the Farmer's Market - book signing with author Mary Logue, Lake Country Booksellers, White Bear Lake.

Saturday, July 17th, 1:00-2:00 - book signing at Winding Trail Books, (helping the bookstore celebrate its 2nd anniversary! Please join us.) St. Paul.

Saturday, July 31st, noon-2 - book signing at Piragis Northwoods Outfitters, Ely, Minnesota.

Saturday, August 7, 12-2, book signing at Once Upon a Crime Mystery Books, Minneapolis.

Thursday, August 26th, 1-4, book signing with author Mary Logue, Lake Superior Trading Post, Grand Marais, Minnesota.

Saturday, August 28th, 6-8, with author Mary Logue, Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais, Minnesota.

Monday, August 30th, 5:30-6:30, Virtual Event (recording): Lightning Strike: Cary Griffith in conversation with Kent Krueger.

Monday, September 13, noon-1:00, Friends of the Brainerd Public Library "Brown Bag" lunch. Virtual visit.


Thursday, October 21st, 11:00-1:00, book signing at Fair Trade Books, Redwing, Minnesota.

Thursday, October 21st, virtual Moving Words panel for Buffalo (sponsored by Friends of the St. Paul Public Library). 6:30 pm.

Tuesday, November 2, 10:00 a.m., Applewood Pointe Arbor Lakes 62+ community, Maple Grove, Minnesota

Wednesday, November 3, 4:30-6:00, with author Mary Logue, Totally Criminal Cocktail Hour, sponsored by Valley Bookseller, Stillwater, Minnesota.

​2020 Appearances


April 22, 10:00 am - 11:00. MLR Summer Book Club - Lost in the Wild. Listen to a replay of this event here -

Monday, February 10, noon, Bloomington Rotary Club, Bloomington Hilton on I-494 and France Ave.


Thursday, February 6, Annual Meeting of the Boundary Waters Advisory Committee, 6:00 - 7:30, REI, Bloomington, MN


Wednesday, January 22, 6:00 - 7:30, "Writing the Wilderness" - Grand Marais Public Library


Monday, January 6, Noon-1, "Brown Bag" - Friends of the Brainerd Public Library, Brainerd, MN
Interview with 89.9 Brainerd (local MPR affiliate) - the KBXE Morning Show (with Scott Hall and Michael Small)

2019 Appearances


Wednesday, November 6, 6:00, BWAC Volunteer Recognition Event, REI, Bloomington, MN


Monday, November 4, 6:30, Moving Words (on a panel with Geoff Herbasch, Wendy Webb & Gwen Westerman), New Ulm Public Library, New Ulm, MN


Saturday, September 14, 2:30, Moving Words (on a panel with Ed Bok Lee, Wendy Webb & Mary Wingerd), Grand Marais Public Library, Grand Marais, MN


Friday, September 13, 11:00-1:00, UMD Library, Rotunda, Duluth, MN

Thursday-Friday, August 8-9, Wine & Words, Benefit for the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library, Grandview Lodge, Nisswa, MN

(Numerous other appearances in first half of 2019, at public libraries and other organizations.)

2018 Appearances

April 30, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Spring Author Series - Waseca - Le Seuer Library System
Waterville Public Library, Waterville, MN

Thursday, May 3, 6:30 pm - Ortonville Public Library, Ortonville, MN


Friday, May 4, 7:00 pm - Almanac, St. Paul, MN
Watch the Almanac interview for Gunflint Burning


Sunday, May 6, Star Tribune book review of Gunflint Burning: Fire in the Boundary Waters (Kim Ode)


Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 pm - Common Good Books, St. Paul, MN (Book launch for Gunflint Burning)

Thursday, May 10, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Scout and Morgan Books, Cambridge, MN


Thursday, May 17, 7:00 pm - Zenith Bookstore, Duluth, MN

Friday, May 18, 5:15 pm - Roadhouse Show on WTIP, Grand Marais, MN (Listen to replay)


Saturday, May 19, 7:00 pm - Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais, MN

Wednesday, May 23, 7:00 pm - Subtext Books, St. Paul, MN

Saturday, May 26, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm - book signing at the Lake Superior Trading Post, Grand Marais, MN

Monday, May 28, 3:35 - 3:45 - Paul and Jordana Show, WCCO Radio (follow link, play podcast, and scroll to 15:30 mark) 

Thursday, May 31, 2:00 pm - book signing at Piragis in Ely, MN

Thursday, June 14, 8:20 am - interview with Lisa Johnson, Minnesota Reads (KUMD Radio). Full interview replay available at MNReads: "Gunflint Burning" - Lisa Johnson.

Saturday, June 16, 11:00 - 3:00 - Author Fest, Beagle & Wolf Books, Park Rapids, MN

Zasky, Jason, The Ham Lake Fire: Q&A, Failure magazine article, June 21, 2018

Thursday, June 28, 11:00 - on Larry Meillor's Show, Wisconsin Public Radio
Interview replay available at The Larry Meillor Show: Fire in the Boundary Waters

Tuesday, July 10, 7:00 pm - Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Minneapolis, MN


Wednesday, July 18, Canoe Races at Gunflint Lake - Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department benefit (proceeds to benefit the GTVFD)

Friday, July 20, 10:00 - noon, book signing at Lake Country Booksellers, White Bear Lake, MN

Wednesday, August 8, signing books at the Mid-Trail Fundraiser for the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department, Fire Hall #1 midway up the Gunflint Trail, noon-4:00 pm (proceeds to benefit the GTVFD)

Thursday, August 9, (National Book Lovers Day) Voyageurs Brewing Company, discussion of Ham Lake fire with those who fought it, 6:00-8:00 pm, Grand Marais, MN

Sunday, September 2, signing books at the Ice Cream Social for the Chik-Wauk Museum, noon-2:00 pm, end of the Gunflint Trail (proceeds to benefit Chik-Wauk)

Tuesday, September 11, 6:30 pm - Meinders Public Library, Pipestone, MN

Past News & Events (in reverse chronological order)

Kate Parry and Cary J. Griffith Are Interviewed by Cathy Wurzer and Eric Eskola on Almanac

View the replay, which first appeared on TPT's Almanac on Friday, July 11, 2014. 


Author chat with Cary J. Griffith

Read the chat replay, which first appeared in the Tuesday, June 17 issue of the Star Tribune of the Twin Cities


First installment of Savage Minnesota

Read the first installment in the Saturday, May 24 issue of Star Tribune of the Twin Cities


Meet Cary J. Griffith, author of the Star Tribune's summer book serial, "Savage Minnesota”

Read the Q&A with Cary in the Sunday, May 18 issue of Star Tribune of the Twin Cities


26th Annual NEMBA Book Awards

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Wolves a Finalist

Find out more.


27th Annual Minnesota Writer Program Welcomes Award-Winning Author Cary J. Griffith Feb. 13


Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

7 p.m.
Cambridge Campus
Juanita & Charles Peterson Community Room (G202)

This event is free and open to the public.

Griffith will read from his work, discuss the research and writing process, answer questions from the audience, and sign books (available for purchase after the event).

To find out more, visit the Anoka-Ramsey Community College web site



Panel Discussion: Writing Minnesota
October 28, 2013, St. Anthony Park Library


Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes and even more stories! Join a distinguished panel of Minnesota Book Award-winning and finalist authors for “Writing Minnesota,” moderated by Ann Regan, Editor in Chief of the Minnesota Historical Society Press. Authors include Cary Griffith (Opening Goliath, Lost in the Wild); Dave Kenney (Northern Lights, Honor Bright); William Swanson (Dial M, Black White Blue); and Diane Wilson (Spirit Car, Beloved Child).


Part of the Mini Festival of Minnesota Stories, October 25 through 29.


Click here for map and directions.



Double Dare, Tip of a Bone and Wolves Debut Adventure Publications Mystery Fiction Line 


The first three mysteries in Adventure Publications new mystery fiction line are scheduled to be released in September, 2013. 


Double Dare is an adventure/thriller set in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. It’s about an outdoorsman who overcomes the amputation of his leg, intentionally set wildfire and a confrontation with an old mentor-turned-enemy who wants to steal his life’s dream — Double Dare Ranch. The hero, Cutter, has a colorful sidekick, and there are three very strong female characters. The remote, rugged geography of the San Juans and the Dolores Valley becomes a challenging character itself. To learn more, visit Michael Madigan's web site at


In Tip of a Bone, Maya Rivers moves to the Oregon coast to reunite with her brother, but after he's accused of arson, she finds herself playing amateur sleuth. Maya soon discovers a clue that could solve the case, but revealing it may destroy her family. To learn more, visit Christine Finlayson's web site at


To read more about Wolves, visit the Books section of this web site. 



Adventure Launches Mystery Fiction Line 

Publishers Weekly, December 17, 2012 - Adventure Publications, which has been focused on regional, nature and outdoor guides for almost 25 years, is launching a new line of mystery fiction titles. The mysteries--they will initially will be set in the Midwest, Southwest, Northwest, Northeast, and Rocky Mountain regions--will target both mystery fans and outdoor enthusiasts by featuring outdoor/wilderness settings and themes. Four titles for adult readers will be published in both hardcover and e-book in 2013, with Minneapolis-area mystery writer Pat Dennis in charge of acquisitions. Dennis is currently soliciting submissions from other mystery writers throughout the country.


"Dennis has experience in mystery writing, which my staff does not have," said Gerri Slabaugh, Adventure’s co-publisher. The press's previous forays into fiction were a few Scandinavian-American humor books and a four-book YA series by Ron Gamer, set in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoeing area, that were released between 2003-2007.


"The goal for that series was to engage the reluctant reader with outdoor themes. We enjoyed that approach and believe this new line for adults is an extension of that endeavor," Slabaugh wrote.


Adventure, which has 500 titles in print and distributes another 500 titles for two dozen small regional presses, is located in Cambridge, Minn.


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