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September 10, 2010

Dance Boots

Filed under: Event, Literary, Native American — regana @ 6:46 am

The Dance BootsLinda LeGarde Grover’s new book of short stories, The Dance Boots, is the winner of the prestigious Flannery O’Connor Award for short fiction, awarded by the University of Georgia Press in its annual competition. The stories focus on an important Minnesota story: the painful legacy of boarding schools in an Ojibwe family.

Grover, a poet and member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa who teaches in American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, uses aspects of her own family’s story to tell a larger truth. In an interview in today’s Pioneer Press, she told Mary Ann Grossman, “I have a lot of poetry about education. That doesn’t sound like a subject from which poetry flows, but education is where it all begins for me.” An early review of the book on Minnesota Reads notes, “Grover’s powerful descriptive writing is the book’s greatest asset.”

The book’s official publication date is September 15, and its coming-out party is at 7 pm next Friday at Birchbark Books, 2115 West 21st Street, Minneapolis.

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