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Future Home of the Living God

Future Home of the Living God

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The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Thirty-two-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, adopted daughter of a pair of big-hearted, open-minded Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed and uncertain as the rest of America around her. But for Cedar, this change is profound and deeply personal. She is four months pregnant. A chilling dystopian novel both provocative and prescient, Future Home of the Living God is a startlingly original work: a moving meditation on female agency, self-determination, biology, and natural rights that speaks to the troubling changes of our time.

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Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media
by Heid E. Erdrich
Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media
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Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year
by Linda LeGarde Grover
Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year
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Winner of the 2018 Minnesota Book Award for poetry. These poems speak to the keen human yearning to connect as they urge engagement of the image, the moment, the sensual, and the real.
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Winner of the 2018 Minnesota Book Award for memoir. Accompanying us through the cycle of the seasons, Linda LeGarde Grover writes eloquently of the landscape and the weather, work and play, ceremony and tradition and family ways.

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News and Events

Tommy Orange: There There

Wednesday, June 27 @ 7pm
Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church
2020 W Lake of the Isles Parkway, Mpls

Join us for an evening with Tommy Orange in celebration of his first novel, There There. Fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking—There There is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen, a relentlessly paced multigenerational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. Louise Erdrich says, “Welcome to a brilliant and generous artist who has already enlarged the landscape of American Fiction. There There is a comic vision haunted by profound sadness. Tommy Orange is a new writer with an old heart.” We haven't seen this much buzz about a debut novel in some time. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Book signing to follow the reading. Free and open to the public.

New Poets of Native Nations

Wednesday, July 18 @ 7pm
Bockley Gallery (near Birchbark Books)

Join Birchbark Books and Graywolf Press for a poetry reading and reception to mark the release of New Poets of Native Nations--a landmark anthology celebrating twenty-one Native poets first published in the twenty-first century. Edited by Heid E. Erdrich, New Poets of Native Nations gathers poets of diverse ages, styles, languages, and tribal affiliations to present the extraordinary range and power of new Native poetry. Buzzfeed calls this collection a "breathtaking, wide-ranging work of art... a modern classic." Confirmed readers include Heid E. Erdrich, Gwen Westerman, and Meg Noodin (accompanied by the Asiganaak Singers ladies hand drum group, who will join Meg in singing Ojibwemowin poems) with more poets to be announced. Refreshments provided by Graywolf Press. Sure to be a memorable evening!

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