Fireside Reading Series: Karen Babine
All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cooking and Cancer
This season, we’re asking our Fireside authors to talk about what “home” means to them. Our goal is to complement the citywide conversation happening this winter as part of Read Brave Saint Paul, an intergenerational reading program whose 2019 theme is housing.
About the Book
When her mother is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Karen Babine – a cook, collector of thrifted vintage cast iron, and fiercely devoted daughter, sister, and aunt – can’t help but wonder: feed a fever, starve a cold, but what do we do for cancer? And so she commits herself to preparing her mother anything she will eat; a vegetarian diving headfirst into the unfamiliar world of bone broth and pot roast. In these essays, Babine ponders the intimate connections between food, family, and illness. What draws us toward food metaphors to describe disease? What is the power of language, of naming, in a medical culture where patients are too often made invisible? How do we seek meaning where none is to be found – and can we create it from scratch?
About the Author
Babine is the author of Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life, winner of a 2016 Minnesota Book Award and finalist for both the Midwest Book Award and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award. She also edits Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Eastern Washington University and a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She lives in Minneapolis.
About the Series
With cookies in one hand and coffee in the other, enjoy six weeks of free readings at Hamline Midway Library. The Fireside Reading Series, one of The Friends’ oldest and most popular events, annually highlights the work of some of Minnesota’s finest writers who have published a new work in the previous year. Programs are accompanied by coffee, cider, cookies, and book signings. American Sign Language interpretation will be provided.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Full Fireside Series
Wednesday, January 23
Sarah Stonich, Laurentian Divide
Wednesday, January 30
Wang Ping, Life of Miracles along the Yangtze and Mississippi
Wednesday, February 6
Gary Eldon Peter, Oranges
Wednesday, February 13
Heid E. Erdrich & Gwen Westerman, New Poets of Native Nations
Wednesday, February 20
Martin Case, The Relentless Business of Treaties: How Indigenous Land Became U.S. Property
Wednesday, February 27
Karen Babine, All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cooking and Cancer