Fireside Reading Series: Sarah Stonich
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
Returning to the northern Minnesota town of Hatchet Inlet, Laurentian Divide picks up the story where Stonich’s 2013 novel, Vacationland, left off. Bitter winters are nothing new in Hatchet Inlet, but the advent of spring can’t thaw the community’s collective grief, lingering since a senseless tragedy the previous fall. What is different this year is what’s missing: Rauri Paar, the last private landowner in the Reserve, whose annual emergence from his remote iced-in islands marks the beginning of spring and the promise of a kinder season. Weaving in and out of each other’s reach, trying hard to do their best, the residents of this remote town in all their sweetness and sorrow remind us of the inescapable lurches of the heart and unexpected turns of our human comedy.
About the Author
Stonich is the best-selling author of These Granite Islands, which has been translated into seven languages and shortlisted for France’s Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle; the critically acclaimed novel The Ice Chorus; and a memoir, Shelter: Off the Grid in the Mostly Magnetic North. Her novel-in-stories, Vacationland, is the first volume in her Northern Trilogy, followed by Laurentian Divide. She has written the novels Fishing with RayAnne and Reeling under the pen name Ava Finch. The founder of WordStalkers.com, she lives on the Mississippi River 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