University of Minnnesota Press

University of Minnesota Press

Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Douglas Wood, the author of Deep Woods, Wild Waters: A Memoir, published in 2017 by University of Minnesota Press.

The book is a personal and familial reflection on his lifelong connection to the promise and of nature.

We visit with editor, journalist and author Catherine Madison, whose latest book The War Came Home with Him: A Daughter's Memoir has just been published by the University of Minnesota Press.  She recounts her father's lifetime of struggle after three years as a POW during the Korean War, and how their relationship and her efforts to piece together his past following his death were also tribulations for her.

Twelve-year-old Margaret's mother disapproves of everything she does (and doesn't) do, before she even does (or doesn't) do it.  Keeping her toddler twin sisters from making peanut-butter-and-Kleenex sandwiches and other mischief is eating into her library time over the summer, and to top it off, Sherman Jenson from next door has announced he loves her.

"The Summer Sherman Loved Me" by Jane St. Anthony is published by the University of Minnesota Press. 

In 2006, when she was 86 years old, Dorothy Dora Whipple was looking for a new challenge.  A fluent and lifelong Ojibwe speaker, Dorothy had just finished a three-year project for the University of Minnesota,  making and transcribing recordings of her language. But she knew right away what she wanted to tackle next: a book of her stories, in Ojibwe and English, with drawings to illustrate the stories and perhaps interest younger people in learning the language.

Authors Chel Anderson and Adelheid Fischer have crafted a book that's part exquisite photographs, part textbook and all dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of Minnesota's "Superior Coast."

Published by the University of Minnesota Press.

University of Minnesota Press

Author Mary Lethert Wingerd gives us a tantalizing glimpse of what Minnesota might have been had the bi-cultural society of Europeans and Indians fostered by the fur trade been allowed to survive.

Tom H. Swain's long career spanned the spheres of politics, education, and business.  But for decades, even long past retirement, he has also served on numerous nonprofit and civic boards. We talk with him about his memoir, and his life of hard work and dedicated service.  The book will be published in April by the University of Minnesota Press.