Meet The Author Series​​

Meet The Author" is held at the Robert Trail Library, 14395 S. Robert Trail Rosemount, MN 55068. This  program is co-sponsored by RAAC and the Library. 

NOTE: The April 18th "Meet the Author" with Craig MacIntosh will be held at the Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Street instead of at the Library.

Each event runs from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. The program begins with an author presentation about their self, their  book and writing style, followed by Q&A and book selling and autographing by the author.

Cookies and water are furnished.


See below for detailed descriptions of each author and their books.
Steven Muenzer’s parents were born in Germany, married, and immigrated to the United States as 1939 came to an end. World War II had already started when they left Holland on the last boat—the Rotterdam. They managed to escape—aided by an aunt living in New York—what so many didn’t, couldn’t. The genesis of his first book, Farewell Berlin, was an exploration of what their life must have been like, what they experienced and endured, as the Republic died and the Third Reich rose to power. While not their specific story, some family lore was thrown into the mix. This is a work of fiction and his first book. Rest at Journey's End continues the story.
Steven Muenzer practiced law for thirty years and lives in St. Paul, MN with his wife Jeanne Scott, a psychologist in private practice. 

Steven Muenzer
January 17, 2019
"Rest at Journey's End"
Lovers separated. On the train, the French border nearly in sight, Sonny was mugged, his passport and visa stolen. Stuck in Belgium, his last words to Rosa were his promise to find her. Distraught, Rosa continued to Paris with her parents. On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland. Eight months later the Wehrmacht moved west into Belgium, Holland, and France.  In the ensuing clash of armies, Sonny and Rosa struggled to stay a step ahead along the danger-filled paths of France and Portugal. "Rest at Journey’s End" is a story of duty, love, and commitment.

Sonny, a survivor of the Berlin Underground, and Rosa met during the dark hours of Kristalnacht. In December 1938, they escaped Germany and married in Antwerp, a way station to anywhere far away. That story was told in Farewell Berlin.

Besides writing, Melissa Meyers has a love for traveling, nature, and coffee. She is passionate about people seeing God in their lives and connecting it to their own stories.  She now lives in the Midwest with her husband John, two children Malcolm and Emily, and Jack (The family dog, who thinks he is Melissa's boss). As a nurse by profession,  Melissa is privileged to care for premature babies and their families who overcome very difficult obstacles. 

Melissa has a B.A. in Cross-Cultural Communications from Bethany Global University and a B.S.N-C degree from Viterbo University. She is a regular contributor for Rochester Minnesota Moms Blog, and has published articles/stories for the Journal of Christian Nursing, Thrive Connection, Alive Now, Minnesota Conservation Volunteer and Chicken Soup for the Soul as well as other publications. 

Melissa Meyers
February 21, 2019
"Beneath the Ancient Dust"
"Beneath the Ancient Dust: Inspirational Stories from Nine Years in Afghanistan" is a series of stories intertwined with personal reflections. The author highlights spiritual truth through her everyday encounters in an ancient culture while an international crisis is at its doorstep.

It is a book for those who enjoy a good read—and desire to find God, be challenged, and encounter Christianity in a historic land.

Some of the highlighted stories are about the following: a treacherous road journey, a Buddhist monastery, drug smugglers, taxi-driving shepherds, encounters with warlords and suicide bombers, a foreign cemetery, Afghan weddings, the struggles of modern Afghan women, and being a chicken-keeper. 

Doris Rubenstein
Doris Rubenstein has used her energetic personality and interest in philanthropy to help raise money for different organizations. She moved to Minnesota in 1984 and worked as a fundraiser for the University of Minnesota for 13 years. She wrote a textbook about philanthropic practices for businesses and college students in the early 2000s. 
March 21, 2019
"The Journey of the Dollar"
"The Journey of a Dollar" is the 2017 Silver Medallion Winner for Young Readers Literature for the Benjamin Franklin Awards of the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Take a journey with Elliot's dollar bill and learn how it makes a difference! Elliot's class is collecting money to help schoolchildren in Ecuador. Elliot is wiling to give, but he doesn't understand how his one dollar will help or how it gets to Ecuador.

Elliot learns more than he expected, watching his dollar travel to South America. He learns about banking, non-profit organizations, and geography. The most important thing he learns is that his charitable effort really does reach people in need, they appreciate his generosity, and they're a lot like him.

A portion of the sale of every copy of The Journey of a Dollar will be donated to charity.
Craig MacIntosh was born in Long Beach, California, in 1943. His father was a career Navy officer who was a veteran of both the Atlantic and Pacific wartime theaters. His family moved constantly between naval bases on both coasts before settling in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1958. After high school graduation in 1962, MacIntosh enrolled at the University of Illinois and graduated with a degree in fine arts in 1966. Drafted that fall, he attended OCS at Ft. Benning, Georgia, where he was commissioned an infantry second lieutenant in January 1968. He served as a platoon leader with the First Infantry Division, "The Big Red One." After leaving the Army in 1970, he began his journalism career as a political cartoonist with the Journal Herald in Dayton, Ohio. Five years later, he and his wife, Linda, moved with their daughter and son to Minnesota, where he worked as an editorial cartoonist for the Minneapolis Star. While there, he and fellow editorial cartoonist Steve Sack created the syndicated children's feature "Doodles," distributed by Los Angeles–based Creators Syndicate. In 1992, he left the newspaper to pursue a career as the artist for the widely published cartoon strip "Sally Forth," which appears in 600 papers. In addition to comic strip duties, MacIntosh began penning fiction. Along with writing, he continues painting watercolors as well as creating bronze sculptures.  

NOTE: The April 18th "Meet the Author" with Craig MacIntosh will be held at the Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Street instead of at the library.

Craig MacIntosh
April 18, 2019
"Til Kingdom's Cay" and "Wolf's Odyssey"
Stew Thornley
Stew Thornley is an author of books on sports history for adults and young readers. He received the SABR-Macmillan Baseball Research Award in 1988 for his first book, On to Nicollet: The Glory and Fame of the Minneapolis Millers. He also enjoys visiting graves of notable people and is the author of Six Feet Under: A Graveyard Guide to Minnesota.

Stew is an official scorer for Minnesota Twins home games and also does the datacasting of games for Gameday. He lives in Roseville, Minnesota, with his wife, Brenda Himrich, and their cats, Jeter and Mickey. 
May 16, 2019
"The St. Paul Saints"
From Pig's Eye to a pig on the field, the long and rich legacy of the St. Paul Saints is central to the history of baseball in Minnesota. Celebrate the players, owners, managers, and fans— and the Saints' return to downtown St. Paul near the spot where the Olympic team first played in 1859.

Some fans remember the historic Saints, which provided top- notch baseball in the years before the Minnesota Twins. Others grew up with the current St. Paul Saints, which has pioneered the comeback of independent teams and leagues and left a significant mark on the baseball landscape, as well as adding the "Fun is Good" game-day atmosphere, illustrated best by co- owners Mike Veeck and Bill Murray. And, of course, there are the players, past and present, including Eric Tipton, Roy Campanella, Stan Williams, Ila Borders, J. D. Drew, and Darryl Strawberry, who have made invaluable contributions to the heritage of the game in the city, in the state, and in the Midwest. All of the fan favorite memories and baseball action are captured by Stew Thornley's The St. Paul Saints.