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

Author Mary Casanova has spent 35 years looking at Rainy Lake and its iconic lift bridge to Canada out of her living room windows.

So it's not surprising that weather plays a central role in her novel Frozen, and it's new companion book, Ice-Out, nor is it surprising that ice-out itself is a metaphor for her central character.

Former St. Paul Pioneer Press outdoors reporter Chris Niskanen provides a playful, insightful, surprising guide to all things Minnesotan, the perfect read for newcomers and life-long residents alike.

(pg 114-155 have great ideas for Fun With 30 Below Wind Chills: everything from pounding a nail with a frozen banana to the ever-popular tossing-a-cup-of-boiling-water-in-the-air-to-watch-it-freeze)

MN Historical Society Press

Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Duluth author Margi Preus, whose new picture book, Storm's Coming! (2016, Minnesota Historical Society Press, with illustrations by David Geister) tells of a young girl who reads nature's signs to tell of a change in the weather.

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

The family affair that is author Lori Evert, National Geographic photographer Per Breiehagen and photogenic daughter Anja is back with a new adventure in board book form - just in time for little folks who will attend their first John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon next month!

Duluth's newly-minted poet laureate, Ellie Schoenfeld, reads from her work and talks poetry, pretension, community ... and the value of following an idea to see where it leads, without attaching to an outcome.

Wisconsin's poet laureate joins us this morning to read, among other things, the titular poem of Apprenticed to Justice:

Some will never laugh
as easily.
Will hide knives
silver as fish in their boots,
hoard names
as if they could be stolen
as easily as land,
will paper their walls
with maps and broken promises,
scar their flesh
with this badge
heavy as ashes.

Bob King is a photographer by day in his job at the Duluth News Tribune, so perhaps it came as a bit of a surprise when he was head-hunted to write a book.

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.

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