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April Is National Poetry Month

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

darkacre by Greg HewittKick off National Poetry Month at the Loft in downtown Minneapolis this Thursday at 7 p.m. St. Paul poet Greg Hewett will be reading from his new book, darkacre, published by Coffee House Press.

From Coffee House:

“Greg Hewett is the author of The Eros Conspiracy, To Collect the Flesh, and Red Suburb, which was an Indie Bound Poetry Top Ten selection, Publishing Triangle Award winner, and Minnesota Book Award finalist. He has received Fulbright fellowships to Denmark and Norway and has lived in Japan and France. A former HIV interviewer for the Centers for Disease Control, he is currently Associate Professor of English at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. “ 

Lightsey Darst of Minneapolis will read from her first collection of poetry, Find the Girl.

Find the Girl by Lightsey Darst Again, per Coffee House:

“From Snow White to the Yde Girl and Helen of Troy to JonBenét, this lurid and lyrical debut explores the transition from girlhood to womanhood and America’s almost pornographic fascination with missing and exploited children. Topical and timely, Darst’s poems draw from both the oldest tales and the current vein of child / young woman endangerment horror–recalling and responding to true-crime exposés, pulp detective fiction, classic fables, modern novels like The Lovely Bones, and TV shows like Law & Order.”

Book Trailer: A People’s History of the Hmong

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Paul Hillmer’s A People’s History of the Hmong offers a rich narrative history of the worldwide community of the Hmong people, exploring their cultural practices, war and refugee camp experiences, and struggles and triumphs as citizens of new countries. The author describes how he came to write the book in the video linked below.

Professor Hillmer will give the keynote address at the Third International Conference on Hmong Studies at Concordia University on April 10.

He will also speak and sign books at the Rondo Community Library on Wednesday, April 14, at 7:00 p.m.

Thank you to our former design intern, Eric Reiger, for creating this video.

Baseball on Our Minds

Friday, March 26th, 2010

php7ksF4TWith Saturday’s open house at the new Target Field, followed by the Gophers­-Louisiana Tech game, we’re reminded of the many terrific baseball stories in Swinging for the Fences: Black Baseball in Minnesota,edited by Steve Hoffbeck. Here’s a fun sample: “Willie Mays with the Minneapolis Millers, 1951.”

Not So Silent Lamb

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

As promised, Kathy Sletto, author of Keeping Watch. sent in some footage of a two-day-old Shetland lamb. Enjoy!

Signs of Spring

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Minneopa State Park, Doug OhmanWild River State Park, Doug Ohman

Spring is in the air! Maple syrup demonstrations and bird-watching are just two springtime activities popping up at Minnesota’s State Parks.

Chris Niskanen, outdoors editor for the Pioneer Press, and renowned photographer Doug Ohman share their love of the outdoors in their new book, Prairie, Lake, Forest: Minnesota’s State Parks.

Come celebrate all that Minnesota’s state parks have to offer on Saturday, April 24, at noon at William O’Brien State Park’s visitor center, as Chris and Doug share stories about their collaboration on Prairie, Lake, Forest. Stay tuned for details.

We’ve Got Your Cute Overload Right Here

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Oliver on AdaKathy Sletto, fiber arts maven, farmer, mother, grants writer, and now author of the new book Keeping Watch: 30 Sheep, 24 Rabbits, 2 Llamas, 1 Alpaca, and a Shepherdess with a Day Job, sent us this photo of Oliver the cat and Ada the sheep.Yelly Lamb

“When it is cold outside, the barn cats sit or lay on Ada’s back for warmth. The other sheep won’t put up with it, but Ada is clueless. “Keeping Watch book cover

Kathy has promised us some footage of new spring lambs, so stay tuned. Or, better yet, buy her new book and read about her adventures with her four-legged freinds.

Minnesota’s “Women with Vision”

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Woven from the Land, image from Walker Art CenterThe Walker Art Center’s seventeenth International Women with Vision Film Festival includes four documentaries by filmmakers from Minnesota.  MN Docs Program 1 on March 20 screens Ida’s Story and Pride of Lions; MN Docs Program 2 on March 27 features Woven from the Land and Fritz: The Walter Mondale Story.

Lydia Howell writes about these four films in TC Planet.

If you are inspired by the stories of the women in Woven from the Land and Ida’s Story, you might also enjoy Honor the Grandmothers: Dakota and Lakota Women Tell Their Stories, Calling this Place Home: Women on the Wisconsin Frontier, and ”And Prairie Dogs Weren’t Kosher” : Jewish Women in the Upper Midwest since 1855.

Red River Rising

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Red River Rising CoverCitizens along the Red River are doggedly preparing for the eventuality of spring flooding.

From the Pioneer Press:

“We’re gearing up,” Fargo city administrator Pat Zavoral said. “It’s last year all over again in terms of us having to do everything in the next six days.”

The cities of Fargo and Moorhead have put out the call for volunteers to assist with sandbagging efforts.

If you are interested in a history of the Red River area and how scientists try to predict flooding, check out Red River Rising: The Anatomy of a Flood and the Survival of an American City by Ashley Shelby. The book also specifically details the catastrophic flooding of Grand Forks in 1997.

Excerpt from Red River Rising.

Happy Birthday Wanda Gag!

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Wanda GagYesterday was author and illustrator Wanda Gag’s birthday. The Wanda Gag House in New Ulm will host their annual Wanda Gag birthday party on Saturday, March 13, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. This year’s theme is Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

     To learn more about one of Minnesota’s most beloved illustrators, check out Wanda Gag: Storybook Artist by Gwenyth Swain.

Anton Treuer Speaking Thursday Night

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Ojibwe in Minnesota

Anton Treuer will read from his new book, Ojibwe in Minnesota tomorrow at the Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church, hosted by Birchbark Books. The Pipestone Singers will also be there, along with Anton’s mother, Margaret Treuer, Minnesota’s first female Indian lawyer. Louise Erdrich is expected to introduce Anton. Please join us!

 Anton will also appear on KFAI tomorrow between 5 and 6 pm and on TPT’s Almanac, Friday evening.