Garrison Keillor and Diane Wilson to headline Minneapolis community read

Minneapolis City leaders are launching the second round of One Minneapolis One Read, a citywide “read” where the entire community is encouraged to read the same book and join in a community conversation. The book is “Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past,” a book of vignettes author Diane Wilson created to honor the lives of her Dakota family.

One Read week will culminate in a conversation with Garrison Keillor and Diane Wilson at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 24 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The evening will also feature music and hoop dancers.Tickets are $10; $5 for seniors, students or limited income (for those tickets, select the $10 option and choose “apply discount” before purchasing). Tickets are available at www.ticketworks.com or 612-343-3390.

Read the book

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: Journey to a Dakota Past.” The story of Wilson’s family begins with a vivid account of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 in Minnesota and then follows her family members’ nomadic travels across South Dakota and Nebraska in their struggle to survive.

“The community response to our first One Minneapolis One Read was overwhelming,” said Minneapolis City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden. “I’ve already read ‘Spirit Car,’ and I’m looking forward to conversations about the effects the war has had on people over time as well as the role of race and culture in our shared history.”

“We take pride in serving over 33,000 wonderfully diverse students in our schools,” said Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson. “It’s a chance for students to join with their peers and community to deepen their understandings of themselves and others, as well as take learning beyond the classroom.”

“Books are incredible tools for self-discovery,” said Hennepin County Library Director Lois Langer Thompson. “The library is pleased to again be a partner in celebrating our community through reading and discussion.”

“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

Months of community conversations will begin with One Read week Sept. 19-24. Neighborhood groups, book clubs, libraries, literary centers and others will hold public events where folks can come together to discuss the book. People are also encouraged to start their own conversations with family, friends, coworkers or neighbors. You can find a host of ideas online for how to be a part of One Minneapolis One Read.

The City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County Library and Minneapolis Public Schools are jointly leading One Minneapolis One Read with a goal of promoting literacy and respectful public dialogue. 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. 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.

The previous One Minneapolis One Read was also supported by Tom C. 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.

Garrison Keillor is the host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac heard on public radio stations across the country and the author of more than a dozen books, including Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Love Me and Homegrown Democrat. He was born in Anoka.

For more information and to get involved, visit the One Minneapols One Read website, Facebook, Twitter, or contact One Minneapolis One Read via email.

Published Sep 17, 2012