Shopping cart is empty.

Birchbark Blog

100 Per Cent Friends

Louise Erdrich - Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dear Friends,

I remember the ravishing day that we opened the new door between our little bookstore and Kenwood Cafe.  Since that day, we have had a true partnership.  I'd like to thank Catherine and Jeff for cooking special theme meals for our book club, for lending their hearts to causes and showing movies like H2Oil, for caring about writers, supporting art, and for bringing us the puppy dog tail (a gloriously rich cinnamony dough topped with devilish cream-sweet frosting).

A place like the Kenwood Cafe becomes so quickly a given, a community treasure, that everyone loses sight of the fact that its existence is based on dollars.  Kenwood Cafe is closing, probably for good.  We will miss everyone who worked there as friends; we will miss you in a larger sense as a real place in this great big boxy franchised world.

In that light, thank you customers, visitors, patrons.  This year we noticed how many of you chose to buy books from us, or gifts, and to support our always tenuous existence.  Everyone who worked through the holiday season was touched in some way by the decisions you made to support us.   Truly, we felt the love!

We are hoping that your generosity will help us make it through those lean days when there's no latte and not a puppy dog tail to be had next door.

Thanks again, chi miigwech 

We wouldn't be here without you.


Louise  

Comments
Cheryl commented on 05-Jan-2012 11:51 PM
The cafe will be sadly missed. :-( Over the past several years my Daughter & I enjoyed NUMEROUS Saturday afternoon outings from our homes in northeast minneapolis to the deli/cafe for their fabulous design-your-own sandwiches & fun selection of bottled
beverages... along with a browse through your wonderful bookstore.... We are both saddened by this news about the cafe. It won't however mean the end of our book store visits! We love your store!
Jennifer commented on 13-Apr-2012 01:49 PM
Louise, I have been working on my North Dakota family heritage. So much has been lost, twisted and misunderstood over the generations. I found that my Great,Great and Great Grandfather taught at the Sisseton-Wahpeton Indian School throughout the early
1900's. I have read that your ancestory originated there as well, and that your parents were teachers there also. I am an aspiring writer and "healer" in my family. I have so much respect for you, your journey and what you have done with your life. Do you
have any speaking engagements in the Denver, Colorado area? Many thanks for all of your inspiration, Jennifer
Post a Comment!

Canoe Family

Recent PostsRSS


Tags

Anishinabe Gryphon Press Vic Glover Too Loud A Solitude S.C. Gwynne State Troopers Roberto Bolano Kate DiCamillo peculiar touches of green and gold birchbark house series Birchbark Books neighborhood japan H2Oil National Book Award Light in August ireland Bill Moyers Journal Dartmouth Up Late Again Wastepaper Minnesota Poetry The Royal Prussian Library Beth Dooley Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive Alice Munro Patrick O'Brian china Canada fresh water Hillary Clinton Stephen Salisbury The Transition Handbook British Navy plants The Resilient Gardener The Porcupine Year School Gardens Small Bookstores as Commons italy spring Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge trees Gail Caldwell Collective Denial solstice, Thomas King cafe closing friends Zombies The Birchbark House thanks thank you friends Kabul Nemesis E.L. Doctorow Czech Writer Ha Jin pilgrims Remarkable Trees north dakota favorite tree germany health care reform Easter Island euphoria Wolf Hall Unnatural Disasters favorite dog The Game of Silence sweden ptsd Makoons Dogs Interview Peak Water Education post holiday Book Review post holiday reads ependent graphix Crushing Books devoted customers book and dinner club photography More Remarkable Trees Magers and Quinn buffalo city of books Hilary Mantel Greenland Kenwood Gardens Native Arts Michael Jackson Climate Change Keepers of the Trees Women and Trees boarding school monkey in a dryer The Farmer's Daughter President Obama bill mckibben 2666 Botany Brown Dog aquifer The Ojibwe Wendy Makoons Geniusz leaves and snow 350.org Alan Weisman gardens Philip Roth Gary Clement Empire of the Summer Moon Master Butchers Singing Club Islam Let's Take the Long Way Home Love Too Much Happiness Peak Oil local economy The Round House Emily Johnson The Wealth of Nature cafe how good looking you are World on the Edge Minneapolis Ice Jim Harrison Catalyst incarnation Chitra Divakaruni The Blue Sky Mohamed's Ghosts Tree Houses support customers favorite book france Mankato Powwow coyote Keystone XL Chickadee Aubrey/Maturin William Trevor knowledge Bleak House Native People Pembina Anton Treuer Ojibwemowin Guthrie Theater gratitude NACDI:All My Relations Population Tar Sands Video show your love Green Team Afghanistan Bohumil Hrabal tree books Anishinabemowin Louise Ojibwe green Milkweed Press adventure twins language revitalization Fireworks the most romantic city in the world This Green World joy Victory Gardens Aza Rare Books Nero anniversary mississippi

Archive