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09/03/2014 7:00 pm
Cork O'Connor battles vicious villains, both mythical and modern, to rescue a young girl in the latest nail-biting mystery from bestselling author William Kent Krueger.
When the body of a teenage Ojibwe girl washes up on the shore of an island in Lake Superior, the residents of the nearby Bad Bluff reservation whisper that it was the work of a mythical beast, the Windigo, or a vengeful spirit called Michi Peshu. Such stories have been told by the Ojibwe people for generations, but they don't solve the mystery of how the girl and her friend, Mariah Arceneaux, disappeared a year ago. At the request of the Arceneaux family, Cork O'Connor, former sheriff turned private investigator, is soon on the case.
But on the Bad Bluff reservation, nobody's talking. Still, Cork puts enough information together to find a possible trail. In Duluth, Minnesota, he learns from an Ojibwe social worker that both Duluth and the Twin Cities are among the most active areas in the US for sex trafficking of vulnerable women, many of whom are young Native Americans. As the investigation deepens, so does the danger. Cork realizes he's not only up against those who control the lucrative sex enterprise--he must also battle government agencies more than willing to look the other way.
Yet Cork holds tight to his purpose--Mariah, an innocent fifteen-year-old girl at the heart of this grotesque web, who is still missing and whose family is desperate to get her back. With only the barest hope of saving her, Cork prepares to battle men whose evil rivals that of the bloodthirsty Windigo and who are as powerful, elusive, and vengeful as the dark spirit Michi Peshu.
William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of thirteen novels in the Cork O'Connor mystery series, including Trickster's Point and Tamarack County. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family. Visit his website at WilliamKentKrueger.com.
Jim Northrup’s Dirty Copper continues the story of Luke Warmwater, which he began in Walking the Rez Road.
In Dirty Copper, Jim Northrup returns to the story of Luke Warmwater, an Anishinaabe man who returns to the Reservation after serving in Vietnam. This prequel to Northrup's classic novel Walking the Rez Road deals with the emotions and cultural changes Warmwater struggles with immediately following his service in Vietnam. He becomes a deputy sheriff on the Rez, fighting crime and racism, and is bothered by flashbacks of the war, which are intense at first but gradually become less frequent as time goes on.
Jim Northrup, Anishinaabe, writes a syndicated column, “Fond du Lac Follies,” which is distributed in the The Circle, The Native American Press, and News From Indian Country. “Fond du Lac Follies” was named Best Column at the 1999 Native American Journalists Association convention. He has been a Mentor in the Loft Inroads Program, a Judge for the Lake Superior Contemporary Writers Series and The Jerome Fellowship, and a Member of the Minnesota State Arts Board Prose Panel. Jim also has given radio commentaries on the Superior Radio Network, National Public Radio, Fresh Air Radio, and the BBC-Scotland.
09/28/2014 5:00 pm
“Every sentence in Things That Are is as pure and fanciful as frost patterns on a window Pane.”–The Rumpus
A series of essays that progress from the tiniest Earth dwellers to far-flung celestial bodies—considering everything from the similarity of gods to donkeys, to the connection of exploding stars and exploding sea cucumbers—to rekindle our communion with the wild world. Concerned at once with realms animal and human, phenomenal and cosmic, the contents expand and confound the reader’s senses in delightful ways.
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Chris Farrell discusses "Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing the Way We Think about Work, Community, and the Good Life"
09/04/2014 7:00 pm
“For older workers at a loss for ideas and eager to postpone the inevitable, Farrell’s how-to-cope book will provide a comforting road map and set of possibilities.”--Publishers Weekly
The budget battles of recent years have amplified the warnings of demographic doomsayers who predicted that a wave of baby boomers would bleed America dry, bankrupting Social Security and Medicare as they faded into an impoverished old age. On the contrary, argues award-winning journalist Chris Farrell, we are instead on the verge of a broad, positive transformation of our economy and society.
The old idea of "retirement"--a word that means withdrawal, describing a time when people gave up productive employment and shrank their activities--was a short-lived historical anomaly. Humans have always found meaning and motivation in work and community, Farrell notes, and the boomer generation, poised to live longer in better health than any before, is already discovering unretirement--extending their working lives, often with new careers, entrepreneurial ventures, and volunteer service. Their experience, wisdom--and importantly, their continued earnings--will enrich the American workplace, treasury, and our whole society in the decades to come.
Unretirement not only explains this seismic change, now in its early stages, it provides key insights and practical advice for boomers about to navigate this exciting, but unsettled, new frontier. Drawing on Chris Farrell's decades of covering personal finance and economics for Bloomberg Businessweek and Marketplace Money, this will be an indispensable guide to the landscape of unretirement from one of America's most trusted experts.
Chris Farrell is a contributing economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek and senior economics contributor for public radio's Marketplace Money, Marketplace, and Marketplace Morning Report. He is the economics commentator at Minnesota Public Radio and the author of The New Frugality. Chris Farrell lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
09/12/2014 7:00 pm
An evening of poetry as you’ve never heard it before.
Recorded at Wild Sound Studio in Minneapolis in June 2014 with producer Steve Kaul, Pretend the World features a plethora of performers, including Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen and renown soprano Maria Jette. Kysar will perform selections from the CD with readers Shane Blegen, Hawona Sullivan Janzen, Elaine Kenny, Anna George Meek, Sheila O’Connor, Sun Yung Shin, Ka Vang, and special musical guest jazz clarinetist Sean Egan
Kysar received a 2013 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant to make the CD of poetry from her book Pretend the World that was published in 2011 by Holy Cow! Press.
Kathryn Kysar is the author of two books of poetry, Dark Lake and Pretend the World, and she edited the anthology Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers. She has received fellowships and residencies from the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Oberholtzer Foundation. Her poems have been heard on A Writer’s Almanac and have appeared in anthologies such as To Sing Along the Way and Good Poems, American Places. She co-chairs the creative writing program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, writes book reviews for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and teaches creative writing classes at Hamline University and the Loft Literary Center. Her latest project was a collaborative CD of poetry from Pretend the World.
More information about Kathryn Kysar at www.kathrynkysar.com.
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There's no shortage of sequels in the summertime. In fact, a few of our staff's favorite novels are soon to pick up right where they left off...
Enon (Now in Paperback), Paul Harding's follow-up novel to his Pulitzer Prize-winning Tinkers, explores the grief of protagonist Charlie Crosby (grandson of Tinkers character George Crosby) over the loss of his daughter. Peter Recommends
10:04 (Available 9/2), a meta-sequel to Ben Lerner's breakout debut (winner of the 2012 Believer Book Award) Leaving the Atocha Station, finds our unnamed author/narrator under contract with a major publisher, but no more certain how to face the future and the prospect of fatherhood in a city that might soon be underwater. Colin Recommends
Lila (Available 10/7), the last of three novels by Marilynne Robinson set in the fictional plains town of Gilead, Iowa, tells the hardscrabble story of Lila, wife of minister John Ames. Robinson's preceding novels Gilead (2004) and Home (2008) received the Pulitzer and Orange Prizes, respectively. Jean Recommends
Edan Lepucki, author of California, recently gave Stephan Eirik Clark’s debut novel, Sweetness #9, the “Lepucki Lift” on The Colbert Report, calling it, appropriately, “so good.” Click here to read a few of Clark’s own addictively good book recommendations. And don’t miss Clark in person on August 19th at Common Good Books.
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The National Book Critics Circle Award winning author of Space, in Chains talks to Common Good Books about her latest collection The Infinitesimals.
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