MN Reads

© 2017 MN Historical Society Press / Mary Lahr Schier

MN Reads has a conversation with Mary Lahr Schier, the author of The Northern Gardener: From Apples to Zinnias: 150 Years of Garden Wisdom, published in 2017 by MN Historical Society Press.  She is the editor of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society's Northern Gardener Magazine, and she has created this guide distilled from the century-and-a-half of that publication, providing useful wisdom for

Marcia Anderson's fascinating, gorgeously illustrated book of the art of the Ojibwe bandolier bag had its genesis in a box she opened in 1981.

(This interview was originally aired August 31, 2017)

They look like grasses but aren't.

They have "reduced morphology," which means they're hard to identify.

But not only are sedges and rushes an indicator species of the health (or not) of wetlands, you, too, can be stricken with "sedge fever"! 

Sedges and Rushes of Minnesota: The Complete Guide to Species Identification is written by Welby R. Smith, photographed by Richard Haug, and published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Anishinabe author Heid Erdrich talks about how a social media post spurred her to create a collection of contemporary Native poetry by exciting new writers and to "bring our poetry out there where readers can find it."

Heid Erdrich's New Poets of Native Nations is published by Graywolf Press.

How can we die when we're already

Sarah Bamford Seidelmann fell in love with a (dead, stuffed, expensive) walrus in a second-hand store.

And even though they didn't end up leaving together, he changed her life.

The Book of Beasties: Your A-to-Z Guide to the Illuminating Wisdom of Spirit Animals is published by  Sounds True.

University of Minnesota Press

A leader in Minnesota's environmental history and graduate of Duluth Central High school and UMD, Grant J. Merritt joins us to talk about his book "Iron and Water: My Life Protecting Minnesota's Environment."  Merritt chronicles his family history in iron mining and how his young life on the North Shore led to a career of protecting the waters of Lake Superior, as head of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  

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.

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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.

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