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Mercier's new book highlights past 'Back Space' columns

Local author Deb Mercier will be signing copies of myBook, a collection of her "Back Space" columns, on Saturday, December 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Book World in Alexandria's Viking Plaza Mall.

Starting in 2005, Mercier's weekly newspaper humor column, Back Space, ran for five years in the Pope County Tribune and northwest Minnesota's Valley Journal. In 2010, Mercier took a break from the weekly deadline to concentrate her efforts on book projects, including the publication of myBook, a collection of 76 reader-favorite Back Space columns.

From the real origins of lutefisk to the dangers of bolting musk thistle, myBook explores everyday life with wit - sometimes gentle, sometimes sharp, usually with an inescapable conclusion: We're all nuts.

Mercier's previous books include The Cat and the Canvas, a young adult novel; The Captain's Hat, a historical fiction story book; and The Adventures of Molly & Skunky, a children's picture book. Mercier's latest book, Wrestling with a Werewolf, hits the shelves in January 2011. For more information about Mercier and her books, visit