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Hot Off the Press Print Show

Friday, July 31st, 2009


Support the next generation of Minnesota printmakers at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking’s Summer Co-op Exhibit, Hot Off the Press exhibit in Minneapolis. Works by 21 local artists will be on display and available for purchase beginning today, July 31, with a free evening reception and continuing through September 19.

To put the prints into historical perspective, take a walk through the Minnesota Prints and Printmakers exhibit at the James J. Hill House, which runs through September 30th  or pick up the MHS Press book of the same name written by Robert L. Crump.

Twin Cities Literary Scavenger Hunt

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

php0H5B6oFrom October through December of this year, Coffee House Press, Milkweed Press, Graywolf Press, and the Loft Literary Center are hosting an event called Around the Literary Twin Cities in (Almost) Eighty Days.

Every week, they will release a literary trivia question; the answers will be presented by a local literary venue. The Grand Prize include tickets to Talking Volumes, membership to the Loft Literary Center, and every book published by each of the three participating presses in 2009. That’s a lotta books.

But that is not until October. Right now, however, the group is asking for potential triva questions to be used in the contest. Submit your ideas here.

Christmas in July with Kevin Kling

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Kevin Kling's Holiday Inn book coverThis November, the Minnesota Historical Society Press will be publishing Kevin Kling’s Holiday Inn—a collection of funny and heart-warming stories by the master storyteller. phph2YMx4

This is Kevin’s second book, the first being The Dog Says How, which is available from a fine bookseller near you.For more info about Kevin, check out his website. And, for you reading pleasure, here is a quick peek into Holiday Inn.

Give Those Dogs a Bone!

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

 Kim Fernandez baking K-9 Nation Biscuits

Kim Fernandez, co-host of Martha Stewart’s Morning Living, puts Klecko’s dog biscuit recipes to the test for her canine companions, Dusty and Speckles. Klecko was an in-studio guest last week in New York City to talk about his book, K-9 Nation Biscuit Book.

MHS Press Book Club’s August Meeting

Monday, July 27th, 2009


For those of you in the Twin Cities, we here at the MHS Press run a bookclub where we read books on regional topics by regional writers. Our August selection is Eric Dregni’s  In Cod We Trust published by the University of Minnesota Press. We will be meeting on 8/25, and, as a special treat, we will be joined by the author, Eric Dregni.

Minnesota Historical Society Press Book Club events are organized through Meetup, which you can join for free. If you are interested in coming to our August book club event or would like to check out some of the past events, please visit our Meetup page. All information about the August meeting, including the time and location is there. Join us! We would love to meet you.

Daytrip-it: Visit a Local Winery

Friday, July 24th, 2009

phpjihahRTake eating local to the next level. Visit a regional winery today.

With the development of hardier, cold-weather grapes spearheaded by the University of Minnesota, wineries across Minnesota have been thriving.

Here are a few ideas for your weekend pleasure. Also, just so you know, in Minnesota you can buy wine from the wineries on Sundays.

Alexis Bailly Vineyard: Hastings, MN; open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11-5:30. Recommended wine: Voyageur.

Cannon River Winery: Cannon Falls, MN; open Monday through Thursday 11-7, Friday and Saturday 11-9, and Sundays 12-6. Recommended wine: St. Pepin.

Morgan Creek Vineyards: New Ulm, MN; Friday and Saturday 12-9, Sundays 12-5. Recommended wine: Puck’s Pride.

Winehaven Winery: Chisago City, MN; Thursday through Saturday 10-5, Sundays 12-5. Recommended wine: Marchel Foch.

Many more wineries and recommendations can be found in the MHS Press book Wineries of Wisconsin and Minnesota by Patricia Monaghan. You can also find more information at the Minnesota Grape Growers Association site.

MHS Author in the News: Bill Green

Friday, July 24th, 2009

phpZN2hzfBill Green, author of A Peculiar Imbalance: the Fall and Rise of Racial Equality in Early Minnesota has recently announced that he will not seek to renew his contract as superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools so that he can return to writing and teaching.

Per MinnPost:

“The popular, affable Green, who has been on leave from his post as a tenured professor at Augsburg College, will hand his successor a very different district from the one he inherited. It’s dramatically smaller, more cash-strapped than ever, and still facing a yawning achievement gap. But for the first time in more than a decade, MPS’ various stakeholder groups are not at war with one another.”

Anne Ursu at Birchbark Books Saturday

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

phpCHUIUKNovelist Anne Ursu will be at Birchbark Books this Saturday at 11am to discuss the third book in her mythology based young adult series The Cronus Chronicles: Immortal Fire.

Anne Ursu is from Minnesota but now lives in Cleveland, so this is a great opportunity to meet her. Anne Ursu has also written several novels for adults including Spilling Clarence and The Disapparition of James. You can find out more about Anne on her spectacular website.

Anne also wrote an essay called “My DocuMama” that was included in the MHS Press/Borealis book Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers.

Wildflower Challenge Winners!

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

We have our five winners—Jennifer from Minneapolis, Jed from St. Paul, Owen from St. Paul, Thomas from Cedar Lake, IN, and John from Minneapolis. Your free books are on their way

Here are the answers, in case you were wondering: Flower 1 is Purple Pea (Lathyrus venosus); Flower 2 is Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis); Flower 3 is Broad-Leaved Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia).

Thanks to everyone for playing!

Wildflower Challenge—Win a Free Book Part 2

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Wildflowers of the Boundary Waters CoverWell, the Wildflower Challenge has been exactly that—challenging. So far, we have only one winner (Jennifer from Minneapolis—Yay!).

So, to help you along, I am going to give you some hints from our books Wildflowers of the Boundary Waters:




Flower 1Flower #1: “As you might expect, its seedpod resembles the pea pods you’ve picked from your garden or purchased in the grocery store, but in miniature.”



Flower 2

 Flower #2: “Its oil has proved promising in the treatment of asthma, migraines, arthritis, acne, weight loss, and other maladies.”




Flower 3

  Flower #3: American Indians sliced and dried the tubers to fill a major portion of their food supply.”



Again, you may email me your answers at with “Wildflower Challenge” in the subject header. the first people four to get them all right wins a free book.