Book Club for Writers

Ever wish you could include a book’s author in your book club discussions?  Now you can!

In this new Book Club for Writers series, we bring the author to the table to talk about craft, what it took to write the book, or life as a writer for 30 minutes.  Then we allow 60 minutes for a Q&A and book discussion.

You do not need to be a member to attend.

We encourage you to support your local independent bookstores, who will be happy to order these books for you.

Linda LeGarde Grover – In the Night of Memory

July 20, 6:30-8:00 pm by Zoom

Linda LeGarde Grover is professor emeritus of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth and author of novels, short stories, poetry and memoir. A member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, she writes stories of the lives of Native American people set against the backdrop of histories and federal Indian policies. Her work has received the Flannery O’Connor Award, Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, Northeastern Minnesota Book Award and the Minnesota Book Award. Her memoir Gichigami Hearts: Stories and Histories of Misaabekong will be released in October, 2021 by the University of Minnesota Press.

When their mother goes missing, two small Ojibwe sisters enter the foster care system in northeastern Minnesota. In the Night of Memory follows their childhood and coming of age intertwined with the collective experience of their family, community and fictional tribe, Mozhay Point.

Danielle Sosin – The Long-Shining Waters

November 16 – 6:30-8:00 pm by Zoom

Danielle Sosin is the author of The Long-Shining Waters, a novel from Milkweed Editions. The Long-Shining Waters won the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, was chosen as the 2013 One Book South Dakota state read, and in 2016, as Minnesota’s representative for the Great Lakes Reads series. The novel was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, as well as  The Midwest Independent Bookseller’s Choice Award. Her first book, Garden Primitives a collection of short stories, was published by Coffee House Press. Her nonfiction has appeared in BOMB Magazine. Sosin is a recipient of many awards and fellowships. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

Frigid. Lethal. Wildly beautiful. Lake Superior is as alluring as it is dangerous. Featuring three stories in three different centuries, all set on the Lake’s shores, this novel illuminates the haunting powers of the greatest of the Great Lakes.

              In 1622, Grey Rabbit—an Ojibwe woman, mother and wife—struggles to understand a dream-life that takes on fearful dimensions. Berit and Gunner, a Norwegian couple, fish the North Shore in 1902. Though the lake anchors Berit’s isolated life, those same waters ultimately test her endurance and spirit. And then in 2000, Nora, a seasoned bar owner, finds her life unraveling and is drawn inexplicably into a journey around the lake. As these narratives unfold with the mesmerizing rhythm of waves, a fourth mysterious voice slowly manifests.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.