WHAT’S GOING ON
The Talking Volumes fall reading series will host Karen Armstrong, Celeste Ng, Dani Shapiro and Ross Gay at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul. Armstrong discusses his new book, “Sacred Nature: Restoring Our Ancient Bond with the Natural World” Sept. 14; Ng presented her with her third novel, “Our Missing Hearts” on October 26; Shapiro reads from his novel “Signal Fires,” Oct. 28, and Gay discusses his new collection of essays, “Inciting Joy,” Nov. 2. $30 tickets for the general public are available at mprevents.org. The series is presented by Minnesota Public Radio and the Star Tribune.
University of Minnesota Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature awarded the 2022 Kerlan Prize to Andrea Davis Pinkney for his outstanding achievements in the creation of children’s literature and his contributions to and support of the Kerlan Collection. Pinkney is the award-winning author of over 50 books for children and young adults and has won numerous awards, including the American Library Association’s Coretta Scott King Award. She’s been a four-time NAACP Image Award nominee and she and her work are the subject of the Emmy-nominated short film “Andrea Davis Pinkney: National Author Engagement.” Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Scholastic Trade Books, she had a distinguished career as a publisher and editor of children’s books, including founding the first edition of African-American children’s books at Jump. at the Sun, a large publishing house. The presentation of the prize will take place on October 11 at the Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota. The event will be broadcast live as part of the Rain Taxi Twin Cities Book Festival.
ojibwe author David Treuer, who grew up on the Leech Lake reservation, published her first novel, “Little,” in 1995 when he was only 24 years old. Now considered one of the greatest writers of his generation, Treuer began the book, now back in print after 27 years, in a course he took with Toni Morrison. The novel (which Morrison called a “marvel”) was Fiona McCrae’s first acquisition when she took over as head of Minneapolis-based Graywolf Press, from which she retired last month. In a new introduction to his novel about life in the reserved town of Poverty, Treuer writes: “I began this book around the five-hundredth anniversary of the initial landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World. The question of Indian sustainability, of our insistence on not just survival but life itself, as my answer and it’s something that has run through all my work. Among his books is the best-selling “The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee”, a National Book Award finalist.
Sara Nintzel and Dana Jacobs sign copies of the children’s book “Dasher” from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, August 5, at Lake Country Booksellers, 4766 Washington Square, White Bear Lake.