Fireside Podcast

Catherine Madison (2016 Fireside Reading Series)

Catherine Madison closes the Fireside Series with a reading from The War Came Home with Him, which tells the stories of two survivors of one man’s war: a father who withstood a prison camp’s unspeakable inhumanity and a daughter who withstood the residual cruelty that came home with him. Doc Boysen died fifty years after…

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Anton Treuer (2016 Fireside Reading Series)

Ojibwe historian and linguist Anton Treuer presents his latest work, Warrior Nation: A History of the Red Lake Ojibwe, a fascinating history which offers not only a chronicle of the Red Lake Nation but also a compelling perspective on a difficult piece of U.S. history. The Red Lake Nation has a unique and deeply important history.…

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Erika Lee (2016 Fireside Reading Series)

In the past fifty years, Asian Americans have helped change the face of America and are now the fastest growing group in the United States. But as award-winning historian Erika Lee reminds us, Asian Americans also have deep roots in the country. The Making of Asian America tells the little-known history of Asian Americans and their role…

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Beth Dooley (2016 Fireside Reading Series)

In Winter’s Kitchen: Growing Roots and Breaking Bread in the Northern Heartland Coming from her native New Jersey, Beth Dooley had a lot of preconceptions about the Midwestern food scene. As she explored farmer’s markets and the burgeoning co-op scene in the Twin Cities, these assumptions faded and she eventually discovered a local food movement…

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Rick Shefchik (2016 Fireside Reading Series)

This behind-the-scenes, up-close-and-personal account relates how a handful of Minnesota rock bands erupted out of a small Midwest market and made it big, covering Augie Garcia and Bobby Vee to The Trashmen and the Castaways. Through interviews with many of the key musicians, combined with extensive research and a phenomenal cache of rare photographs, Everybody’s Heard…

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Faith Sullivan (2016 Fireside Reading Series)

Faith Sullivan returns to kick off the 22nd annual Fireside series with a reading from her new novel, Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse, which celebrates the strength and resourcefulness of independent women, the importance of community, and the transformative power of reading. Nell Stillman’s road is not easy. When her boorish husband dies soon after they move…

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Linda LeGarde Grover (2015 Fireside Reading Series)

Linda LeGarde Grover closes the series by sharing her powerful debut novel of love, hardship, and family bonds: The Road Back to Sweetgrass. The book follows a trio of American Indian women, from the 1970s to the present, observing their lives intersect on the fictional Mozhay Point reservation. Grover connects the sense of place with the experience…

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Allen Eskens (2015 Fireside Reading Series)

The Life We Bury Author Allen Eskens adds some literary chills to the series when he reads from his twisting and evocative mystery The Life We Bury, called a “masterful debut” in a starred review by Publisher’s Weekly. When college-student Joe Talbert’s writing assignment introduces him to a convicted murderer, he has no idea that it will send…

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Lorna Landvik (2015 Fireside Reading Series)

Writer and comedian Lorna Landvik joins the series to read from her new novel, Best to Laugh, which follows her latest irresistible character, Candy Pekkala, from Minnesota to Hollywood as she pursues her dream of becoming a comedian. Landvik taps her own adventurous past as a comic performer and writes in her classic style—sometimes so funny,…

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Wang Ping and James Lenfestey (2015 Fireside Reading Series)

Wang Ping and James Lenfestey return to the Fireside Series for an exploration of China through poetry and prose. Wang’s latest collection of poetry, Ten Thousand Waves, gives us the voices of Chinese farmers and factory laborers, revolutionaries, writers, artists and craftsmen. Inspired by the work of a T’ang Dynasty poet, Lenfestey chronicles his trek to China’s…

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