GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - The new coffee table book Boathouses of Lake Minnetonka is being released just in time for the start of the boating and recreation season on Lake Minnetonka.

Photographer Karen Melvin and Author Melinda Nelson tell the stories behind 35 of the more than 375 boathouses on the lake. The book also features over 400 images taken by Melvin, who is a professional photographer specializing in architecture, interiors and lifestyle photography.

The book officially launches on Monday, May 22, with a public party at Excelsior Brewing Company, located at 421 Third Street in Excelsior. The event is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature a talk with photos, question-and-answer session and signing. There is also a pre-launch event planned at Excelsior Bay Books, Lake Minnetonka’s only independent bookstore, on Saturday, May 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. The store is located at 36 Water Street in Excelsior.

Books are also available online.