MN Reads

Dr. Carter Meland joins us today to discuss his book, "Stories for a Lost Child" and about discovering heritage and finding the community.

As a girl receives a mysterious package, she questions who she is and why her mom has kept this from her. Could this package hold the answers that she is looking for? Join her journey and see what the box holds for her.

After their retirement from UMD, Tom and Betsy Peacock weren't the type of folks to kick back and do nothing.

They saw a need: for more children's books for Native kids and for Native authors and illustrators to have a way to get a foot in the door of the publishing world.

So they founded Black Bears & Blueberries Publishing.

The art of being in the "once upon a time" and in the "now" simultaneously, why you need the best of your humanity to defeat a troll, and why no Norwegian child ever wants to be called "a troll-kid."

Listen as Linda Legarde Grover introduces her new book, "Onigamiising Seasons of an Ojibwe Year" and talks about the significance. 

Onigamiising in Ojibwe translates to, "the place of the small portage," which refers to the strip of land separating the bay and harbor near Park Point. 

Linda had written small excerpts about seasons and met with editors to create this novel.

Listen to Beth Dooley talk about food, and it's easy to understand how quickly you forget that it's food she's talking about.

Art, architecture and culture flow into this story of the creation of a terrazzo floor; a creation, ultimately, to be stepped into, not just stepped upon.

Margi Preus talks about the "reverse strip tease" of mystery writing and why she never gets more confident as a writer.

© 2017 Gibson House Press / Courtney Yasmineh

Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Courtney Yasmineh, the author of A Girl Called Sidney: The Coldest Place, published in 2017 by Gibson House Press. 

© 2017 Prospect Park Books

Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Quinton Skinner, the author of Odd One Out, published in 2017 by Prospect Park Books.  This novel, his third, starts with an abrupt awakening of three children in the night by their father who has found that their mother has deserted them.  Their ensuing cross-country journey to find her reveals many more unanswered questions, some that take years to resolve.

Marcia Anderson's fascinating, gorgeously illustrated book of the art of the Ojibwe bandolier bag had its genesis in a box she opened in 1981.

Eric Dregni's Let's Go Fishing is the perfect antidote for the I-can't-believe-it's-over-summertime blues.

Vintage Books / Penguin Random House LLC

Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Peter Geye, the author of Wintering, published in 2016 by Vintage Books.  This novel, his third, revolves around the lives of Harry Eide, who has gone missing in the woods of Northern Minnesota, his son Gustav Eide, and their friend Berit Lovig.

MN Reads is produced at KUMD with funding provided in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Given the choice between a cash prize for their annual contest and a chance to get published, the Lake Superior Writers voted back in 2016 to get published.

The result is one of the best possible souvenirs of the Northland: a book about the lake by people who live near it and love it.

Lois Rafferty has spoken, written and taught about issues of grief and loss for years.

But it wasn't until she wrote Carnie's Child that she learned that "everyone has a painful story inside of them."

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