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Seize the Summer! Community Cabaret This Saturday

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Photo from the Univeristy Avenue Project by Wing Young Huie

On a beautiful Minnesota summer evening, before the mosquitoes hatch, come to a music and spoken word show on St. Paul’s famed University Avenue. Wing Young Huie’s University Avenue Project, sponsored by Public Arts St. Paul, will hold its first of five monthly cabarets, followed by the nightly projection of Wing’s photographs. Come hear Master of Ceremonies Jade Tittle, host of 89.3 The Current, introduce acts including spoken word artist Tou Saiko Lee and musicians Heatherlyn, EJ, Erik Brandt, Lindsey, Kristoff Krane, and The Pachamama Band.

When: 7 pm Saturday evening, May 29
Where: 1433 University Ave. (across from WalMart between Pascal and Albert streets)

Also, check out the MHS Press book on this spectacular public exhibit.

Remembering Curtiss Anderson

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Blueberry Summers CoverWe were just informed that Curtiss Anderson, author of Blueberry Summers: Growing Up at the Lake, passed away last weekend.  Anderson was a prominent editor with Hearst Magazines. Our condolences to his family and friends.

The Wall Street Journal described Blueberry Summers as “an ably crafted, true-life coming-of-age tale.” The review predicted, ”The book will delight anyone who has ever known the lake country of the Upper Midwest. More broadly, it will reward and please readers who have ever had in their childhoods a special summer place.”

For a flavor of Blueberry Summers, click here.

Follow the Book Chatter

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Are you on Twitter? More and more we start and end our day with a Tweet Roundup, a quick look at all the news of the day, including especially news of the book and Minnesota’s literary scene.

Want to know who we’re following these days? Check them out. And while you’re at it, find us @mhspress

Happy Tweeting!

Ann McKinnon | Saint Paul, Minnesota
Check it out: Get your groceries at the Library. Could this innovative service delivery ever happen in St Paul?  about 11 hours ago

Birchbark Books | Minneapolis, MN
Time to garden! We have a great selection of gardening, landscaping, and urban homesteading books. Come visit us. Get dirty. Have fun.  3:40 PM May 14

Laurie Hertzel | Minneapolis, MN
Don’t forget that Yann Martel is coming to Magers & Quinn this week. And Brady Udall at Micawber’s in St. Paul. And…  9:41 AM May 15

Steve Deger | Minneapolis, MN
eBook revolution sees chain bookstores carrying higher percentage of nonbook items for cultural creatives. #li  about 3 hours ago

U of MN Press | Minneapolis, MN
Farmers markets, Food, Inc., and truths about the history of farming: #FoodInc #food #farming  about 2 hours ago

Garrett Kiely | Chicago, IL
BA signs up with Google for Editions programme |  10:21 AM May 19

New York City
RT @eBookNewser: Elena Kagan senior thesis popular online; should government share SCOTUS nominees’ writing as eBooks?  30 minutes ago

Yasmeen Maxamuud at the Loft

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Nomad Diaries book coverSomali-American writer Yasmeen Mavamuud will be at the Loft Literary Center in downtown Minneapolis this Saturday, May 22, at 3:00 to discuss her book Nomad Diaries.

Nomad Diaries chronicles the lives of Somali-Americans, the trials and tibulations, successes and joys, of builing a new lives for themselves in the United States.

For more information, check out the Nomad Diaries website or this review from the Star Tribune.

While the book is set in Minneapolis, Yasmeen Maxamuud actually lives in San Diego, so don’t miss this opportunity to meet her.

Fry that Fish!

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Fancy Fried TroutIt’s fishing season in Minnesota! Here’s a fish tale and recipe from Damn Good Food: 157 Recipes from Hell’s Kitchen by Mitch Omer and Ann Bauer:

“They were on their last official father-son hunting trip, in Wyoming, the summer before Mitch went to Iowa State, when Dana spotted a crystal-clear brook packed with trout. He dropped his gun, kicked off his shoes, rolled up his pants, and splashed in. The fish scattered, but Dana slid his hands under rocks and scooped the trout up, throwing them to Mitch up on the bank, shouting at him to kill them by bashing their heads with a rock. This was, apparently, the way Dana typically fished for trout: bear-like. Spooking the fish, watching where they went, and scooping them out by hand. When they went back to camp that night—with a deer as well as a string of fish—they fried up the trout with burnt butter and eggs.”


Fancy Fried Trout with Scrambled Eggs and Burnt Butter

4 sides brook trout, skinned and filleted

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup panko bread crumbs

1 cup coarse-ground cornmeal (polenta)

3 tablespoons lemon pepper

1¾ cups (4½ sticks) unsalted butter, divided

½ lemon, juiced

4 large eggs

6 tablespoons heavy cream

Kosher salt

Ground black pepper

Place trout fillets in a glass or ceramic dish, and cover with buttermilk. Cover the dish with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Remove fillets from buttermilk, and discard liquid. Mix bread crumbs, cornmeal, and lemon pepper in a large bowl. Dredge fillets through bread crumb mixture, and set aside.

Melt ½ cup (1 stick) of the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat, until bubbling. Add breaded trout, and cook undisturbed until bread crumbs only begin to brown, about 3 minutes each side. Remove fillets, and hold in warm oven.

Heat ¾ cup (2½ sticks) of the butter in the same skillet until it just begins to smoke. Remove the skillet from heat, add lemon juice, and set aside.

Melt remaining ½ cup (1 stick) butter in a medium skillet. Crack eggs into the skillet, and whisk to break yolks. Add heavy cream, and stir with a rubber spatula until eggs come together. Remove from heat, and season with salt and pepper.

To serve, place 1 fried trout fillet on each plate. Divide eggs, placing one-quarter of the eggs on top of each trout fillet, and then drizzle with burnt-butter sauce. Makes 4 servings.

Congratulations, Graduates!

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

phpior1z4With a happy shout-out to this spring’s high school and college graduates—including Megan, Max, Nell, Ariel, Emily, and all those near and dear to readers everywhere—here’s a celebratory look at how women at the University of Minnesota organized their first physical education program in 1888. The women’s drill team, known as Company Q, used wooden guns and put up with lots of snickering before strutting their stuff to whoops of applause during commencement week, 1889. An example from the pages of the campus newspaper (staffed entirely by males):



Q? Q? Q? Q?

What is Company “Q”?

A troop of girls,
A troop well known as the pride of the U,
A troop deserving of homage, too
Maids who dress in black and blue,
Maids whose cheeks are ruddy in hue,
Maids who are blithe and bonny and true—
Such a troop is Company “Q.”


Tim Brady tells the amazing story of “The Broom Brigade” in his Gopher Gold: Legendary Figures, Brillian Blunders, and Amazing Feats at the University of Minnesota.


Read more here.


Photo: Company Q, 1889

Norwegian Heritage Day & Syttende Mai

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Norwegian Newspapers in AmericaSt. Olaf College celebrates Norwegian Heritage Day this Friday, April 14. The college invites “alumni, parents and friends to celebrate and contemplate our Norwegian-American heritage from three perspectives: history, music, and the future of Norwegian-American relations.”

Participating in the festivities is Odd S. Lovoll, professor emeritus of history at St. Olaf who writes extensively about the Norwegian American experience. His newest book, Norwegian Newspapers in America, is a comprehensive look at the Norwegian-language press, celebrating the tireless writers, editors, and publishers whose efforts helped guide Norwegian immigrants on their path to becoming Norwegian Americans.

Next week, celebrations of Syttende Mai (May 17, Norway’s Constitution Day) will also be held at St. Olaf and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield.

AIA Guide to Downtown Minneapolis

Monday, May 10th, 2010

AIA Guide to Downtown MinneapolisExplore the streets of Minneapolis before a Twins game, after a matinee performance at the Guthrie, or before dinner at Barrio with architectural historian Larry Millett’s new walking tour guidebook, AIA Guide to Downtown Minneapolis. The book features walking tours for Nicollet Mall, the Warehouse District, the central riverfront, and the Elliot Park and Loring Park neighborhoods. Maps, photos, and behind-the-scenes details on the structures and their architects are packed into this slim volume sized to fit in your backpack.

Join Larry Millett tomorrow, May 11, at 7 p.m. at the Mill City Museum for a free illustrated talk about the unique architectural history of the Mill City.

Minnesota Bound Live Loon Cam

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Ron Schara's Live Loon CamDo you miss Lily the bear and her cub, Hope? Get your Minnesota wildlife fix at Ron Schara’s Minnesota Bound Loon Cam.

From Schara’s website:

 ”The LIVE Loon Cam is a live webcam on the nest of a common loon. Located in central Minnesota, USA, this nest has been the site of many incredible moments. Larry Backlund is our resident loon expert and shares what he can see from his vantage point on the edge of his property. This nest is 100% wild and 100% natural!”

Check out the site for links to Larry’s blog and the Loon Cam’s Facebook page!