MN Reads

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,

One clover and a bee.

And revery.

The revery alone will do

if bees are few.

~ Emily Dickinson

For more information on the work of Dr. Marla Spivak and the University of Minnesota's Bee Lab and Bee Squad, click here.

The story of Canada's most decorated Native soldier for bravery (and the most accomplished sniper in North American military history) is all at once an adventure story, a book about language and culture,  missing pieces of words and stories that disappeared from his "Nishnaabeg" nation for a time, and a love letter from his great-great grandson.

Linda LeGarde Grover's new collection of poetry, The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives, is not a collection of "pretty poems."

They're there, of course, but more often the words are are a slap in the face, delivered with a muted ferocity that leaves the reader first shocked,  then speechless.  

Eve and Gary Wallinga share their guide to the best waterfalls of Minnesota's North Shore, including ratings on hike difficulty, trail quality, the length of the round trip and the experience of the waterfall itself.

You can take the ranger out of the Iron Range ... but you can't take the Iron Range out of the ranger.

Historian Jeff Manuel looks at where - and when - culture and livelihood intersect, plus how the identity of a place can be sustained by people who don't even live there any more.

Rudy Senarighi's love of fishing can be traced back to two incidents.

His first fishing trip, when, intimidated by the size of Big Lake, he was afraid to go out in the boat.  His father and their fishing companion lifted the boat and placed it on the dock, where the threesome happily fished the day away.

The second came when, as a boy, the excitement of chasing a local black bear (to catch him and put him in the circus) wore off and his friend said, "Let's go trout fishing instead."

And Rudy, as he says, was hooked.

Ava Finch is a character in her own right.

She's forty-something with red, curly hair.  She's been described as "bodacious" and "in your face," which may or may not conflict with your sense of what a Canadian is like.

And she's written a book called "Fishing with RayAnne," the story of a thirty-something former pro angler who's launching an all-woman fishing/talk show on public television from the deck of her salmon-colored vintage AquaCraft, Penelope.

Linda Hatinen sets a gripping historical romance in the Esko of one hundred years ago.  

It's a work of fiction ... with its roots in the facts of a family history.

The internet age means almost anyone can be a genealogist  but memoirist Cathy LaForge Tonkin says stories are more than names and dates.

Stories, she says, keep people who are gone close to you and at the same time, illuminate why you are the way you are.

  This fall, we're bringing you books about the Northland, from the Northland and by Northland authors.  The Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards - NEMBA - were established in 1988 to recognize books that "substantially represent northeastern Minnesota in the areas of history, culture, heritage, or lifestyle."

Printmaker Cecilia Lieder thinks of herself as a storyteller ... but it was only recently she decided to try her hand at writing them down.  The result is "Wilderness Tales," one of this years NEMBA nominees in the Memoir category.

Red Dragonfly Press

  This summer, we're bringing you books about the Northland, from the Northland and by Northland authors.  The Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) were  established in 1988 to recognize books that "substantially represent northeastern Minnesota in the areas of history, culture, heritage, or lifestyle."

The Master Key Press

This summer, we're bringing you books about the Northland, from the Northland and by Northland authors.  The Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) were  established in 1988 to recognize books that "substantially represent northeastern Minnesota in the areas of history, culture, heritage, or lifestyle." Our guest is Tera Freese.  Her book of poetry, Remind Me That I'm Wild [The Master Key Press], with illustrations by Lindy Kehoe, was nominated for a NEMBA award in the Children's Literature category.

 

Author Elliot Foster on the challenge of making the ubiquitous Minnesota "cabin" experience both recognizable ... and unique.

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