Meet the Author: Mark Okrant at Belknap Mill Tonight

LACONIA —  Meet author Mark Okrant on tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Belknap Mill. The evening will include a presentation by the author for three of his books; two murder mysteries in the Kary Turnell series, A Last Resort and Murder at the Grands; as well as No Vacancy: The Rise, Demise, and Reprise of America's Motels. The author will be available to sign copies of his books following a question and answer session. This event is free and open to the public.

Murder is afoot at three grand hotels in New Hampshire – The Balsams, Mount Washington Resort and the Mountain Grand View Resort – and Mark Okrant's sleuth is on the chase. Solving the crimes is Kary Turnell, professor at a small New Hampshire University who has a knack for finding trouble and solving murders at historic resort hotels. Last year Okrant published another book, No Vacancy: The Rise, Demise, and Reprise of America's Motels, a non-fiction work originally published as an e-book, which looks at the motel era through the eyes of one of New England's senior tourism investigators.

Mark Okrant is a longtime tourism professor and researcher, and is the author of five works of fiction and three of non-fiction. As director of the Institute for New Hampshire Studies at Plymouth State University, he has coordinated tourism research for the State of New Hampshire since 1990, and has presented tourism marketing and planning workshops in Alaska, Canada, Romania, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. He has been an active tourism researcher since the 1970s, and is past president of the Travel and Tourism Research Association.

The Meet the Author series put on by the Belknap Mill, is a new monthly event in which New Hampshire authors can connect with their local audience. The participating authors will have the opportunity to answer questions and sign copies of their books.

The second installment of the series, on Friday, July 11 will feature Carol Lee Anderson and her latest book, A History of the Belknap Mill: The Pride of Laconia's Industrial Heritage. The Belknap Mill is the oldest, unaltered brick textile mill in the country. It has a permanent exhibit that interprets the history of the textile industry in Laconia, and has changing monthly exhibits focusing on the arts and history, as well as educational programs for all ages. For further information on the mill and its events, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit, or call 603-524-8813.