MN Reads

Join us Thursday mornings at 8:20 for Minnesota Reads on Northland Morning,  featuring Minnesota authors talking about their work.

Funding provided in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

History always has an agenda, says author Annette Atkins.

Many of us grew up in a time when the agenda was to teach patriotism.

But now, she says, we want to take pride in a bigger story.

Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out is published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

© 2018 University of Minnesota Press

Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Michael Schumacher, the author of The Contest: The 1968 Election and the War for America's Soul, published in 2018 by the University of Minnesota Press.

Bob King loves to share stories.  Which might explain his work as a photojournalist and editor for the Duluth News Tribune and his writing and photography about the night sky.

And another thing: darkness matters.

MN Reads: Savory Sweet

Jun 28, 2018
University of Minnesota Press and Mette Nielsen

What do you do with another pile of beets form your CSA?

A collaborative project with author Brenda Child, artist Jonathan Thunder and language immersion teacher Gordon Jourdain produced a delightful tale (in English and Ojibwe) of dogs and dreams and dancing.

Author Cary Griffith talks about his chronicle of 2007's Ham Lake fire and the process - and challenges - of documenting the most destructive wildfire in modern Minnesota history.

Gunflint Burning: Fire in the Boundary Waters is published by the University of Minnesota Press.

The story of how Searching for Minnesota's Native Wildflowers came to be written, starts, as the very best stories do, with a road trip.

If you can't actually have breakfast with James Beard Cookbook Hall of Famer Beatrice Ojakangas, this is the next best thing.

Lorin Robinson talks about this work of historical fiction, and the modern-day pitfalls of writing across cultural lines.

"The 13: Ashi-niswi" is published by Open Books.

The historical record is written and maintained, in many cases, by people who wanted their story told - and told in a certain way.

So when Susan Bartlett Foote came across the diary of Engla Schey, with accounts and photographs of the conditions in mid-20th century Minnesota mental institutions, she knew these were forgotten - but vitally important - stories about forgotten people.

University of Minnesota Press

Bill Sullivan spent years as a roadie with The Replacements, traveling with the band at first in the "lemon jail," a late 70's Ford Econoline van named Bert.   Their escapades are the stuff of legend, but even when things seemed dire, as Sullivan relates, "we were 22 years old and were having a lot of fun, really."

Sullivan's memoir Lemon Jail: On the Road with the Replacements was published in 2018 by the University of Minnesota Press.

Author Yvonne Pearson's charming book for kids is the perfect read for little folks who might be uncertain about camping for the first time.

Sadie Braves the Wilderness is published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Anthony Scott talks about the writing of the three books in this collection: Centennial Edition of the Minneapolis Beacon (1956), Minneapolis Negro Profile (1968), and Minnesota’s Black Community (1976) -- and growing up with the father who wrote them.

The Scott Collection: Minnesota's Black Community in the '50s, '60s, and '70s is published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.
 

Minnesota is home to more endangered species than just the wolf.

Adam Regn Arvidson takes a look, not only at the plants and animals on the list, but which ones we value, why we value them, and what we take into consideration moving forward.

Wild and Rare: Tracking Endangered Species in the Upper Midwest is published my Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Mushrooms are a fruit?

Who knew?!

Authors Michael Karns and Lisa Golden Schroeder certainly did.  They, with photographer Dennis Becker have produced a book that's part cook book, part field guide, and part coffee table book.

Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table is published by Minnesota Historical Society Press.

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