Minneapolis selects “Spirit Car” for second community read

“Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past,” has been selected as the next One Minneapolis One Read book. This will be the second year of the citywide “read,” where the entire community is encouraged to read a single book and join in a community conversation. The community read will launch in October.

Read the book

“Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past,” was written by Minnesotan Diane Wilson. Wilson grew up in a Minneapolis suburb and then followed questions about her family’s past to South Dakota and Nebraska, where she tracked down information about her maternal relatives through five generations. The result of Wilson’s quest for discovery is “Spirit Car,” a book of vignettes she created in her desire to honor the lives of her Dakota Indian family. The story of Wilson’s family begins with a vivid account of the 1862 Dakota War in Minnesota and then follows her family members’ nomadic travels across South Dakota and Nebraska in their struggle to survive.

At its heart, One Minneapolis One Read is a community-driven effort with individuals, neighborhood groups, educators, businesses and nonprofits all coming together to make this a truly citywide read.

"Spirit Car" is available in paperback at local independent and chain bookstores, online booksellers and www.mhspress.org. It’s also available through Hennepin County Library and as an e-book.

Join the conversation

This second year of One Minneapolis One Read will launch in October with many opportunities for people to join in the community conversation. Neighborhood groups, book clubs, libraries, literary centers and others will hold public events where folks can come together to discuss the book. The City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County Library and Minneapolis Public Schools are promoting literacy and respectful public dialogue in this initiative. Minneapolis residents can play a positive role in their communities and explore important – sometimes difficult – issues that they face as a community by reading “Spirit Car” and getting involved.

One Minneapolis One Read is a collaboration of The City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County Library and Minneapolis Public Schools in partnership with Tom Braun, Clear Channel Outdoor, Comcast, GoKart Labs, Gray Plant Mooty, Guthrie Theater, kreativesmith, McFarland Cahill Communications, Metro Transit, The Minneapolis Foundation, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), Sophia.org and The YWCA of Minneapolis.

Visit the One Minneapolis One Read website for more information and to get involved. You can also join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Published Apr. 13, 2012