The Rosemount Area Arts Council, in partnership with the Robert Trail Branch of the Dakota County Library, announced Steve Muenzer as the January "Meet the Author." The presentation will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Robert Trail Library.

"Rest At Journey's End" will be featured. It is the sequel to "Farewell Berlin."

This sequel shares a compelling chronicle of a war-torn Europe and an enduring love story when a couple is separated. This fiction writing is a testament of duty, love and commitment as the characters Rosa and Sonny navigate danger-filled paths of Portugal and France.

"Facing arrest and deportation, he promised Rosa he would find her," Muenzer said.

Muenzer's first book "Farewell Berlin" focuses on an exploration of what life must have been like and what the couple 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," Muenzer said.

For 30 years, Muenzer his career practicing law. Today he lives in St. Paul with his wife who works as a private practice psychologist.

"The novel imagines the experience of World War II from the firsthand perspective of people living at the edge of the great upheaval," said James Berman, a former University of Minnesota writing instructor. "The characters witness the disintegration of France and go on to fight their own war as smugglers and spies on the Spanish border and later in Portugal."

The presentation is free and open to the public.

The next four local Meet the Author book events are:

• Melissa Meyers will discuss "Beneath the Ancient Dust" at 6 p.m. Feb. 21

• Doris Rubenstein will talk about "The Journey of a Dollar" at 6 p.m. March 21

• Craig Macintosh will discuss "Til Kingdom Cay" and "Wolf's Odyssey" at 6 p.m. April 18

• Stew Thornley will share "The St. Paul Saints" at 6 p.m. May 16