Reading: Roger Hileman

In 1886, school teacher Mariel Erickson leaves the civilized comforts of Chicago for a small Dakota prairie town, but she’s unprepared for the hardships she encounters. As if battling unruly children, harsh weather, destitute Indians, and shady frontier politics weren’t enough, she soon finds herself embroiled in the town’s first murder case.

Roger Hileman divides his time between his two passions, writing and music. But with either, telling a story is the key. Roger prefers weaving tales with engrossing and inspiring landscapes. In Hammon Falls and A Killing Snow, novels coauthored with Dave Hoing, music plays a large role. Not only do singers, pianists, and fiddle players make repeated appearances, the authors weave musicality into the tale itself, employing lyrical dialogue and a well-cadenced story.

12 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 15 at RAD, 123 E. Washington St., Iowa City, Iowa 52240