Author Heather Gudenkauf to be at Robey Memorial Library

Heather Gudenkauf...
Heather Gudenkauf...

Robey Memorial Library in Waukon is hosting author Heather Gudenkauf Monday, April 29 at 6 p.m. for an Author Event. Gudenkauf is the Edgar Award nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of “The Weight of Silence”, “These Things Hidden” and “Not A Sound”. Her new book “Before She Was Found” features a chilling crime set in Iowa.

Gudenkauf was born in Wagner, SD, the youngest of six children. At one month of age, her family returned to the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota where her father was employed as a guidance counselor and her mother as a school nurse. At the age of three, her family moved to Iowa, where she grew up.

Having been born with a profound unilateral hearing loss (there were many evenings when she and her father made a trip to the bus barn to look around the school bus for her hearing aids that she often conveniently would forget on the seat beside her), Gudenkauf tended to use books as a retreat. She would climb into the toy box that her father’s students from Rosebud made for the family with a pillow, blanket and flashlight, close the lid, and escape the world around her. She became a voracious reader and the seed of becoming a writer was planted.

Gudenkauf graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in elementary education, has spent her career working with students of all ages and continues to work in education as a Title I Reading Coordinator. She lives in Iowa with her family and a very spoiled German Shorthaired Pointer named Lolo. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and hiking. She is currently working on her next novel.

“Before She Was Found”, Gudenkauf’s April release, and copies of her other books will be available at the author event. Contact Robey Memorial Library for more information at 563-568-4424 or

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