‘Spirit Car’ selected for Minneapolis’ 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 citywide “read,” where the entire community is encouraged to read a single book and join in a community conversation about the issues raised by that book.

This year’s book selection, which was written by Minnesotan Diane Wilson, is an exploration of American Indian history and culture. Wilson’s quest to learn about her family’s past led her to South Dakota and Nebraska, where she tracked down information about her maternal relatives through five generations. Her quest resulted in a book of vignettes that honors 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.

One Minneapolis One Read organizers hope that Wilson’s personal story will encourage conversation about American Indians in Minnesota, the impact of the Dakota War and our shared history.

The second year of One Minneapolis One Read will begin in October and, over the course of the citywide read, many opportunities will be made available 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.

"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.

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.

For more information and to get involved, visit www.OneMinneapolisOneRead.com, www.facebook.com/OneMinneapolisOneRead, www.twitter.com/minneapolisread or email oneread@minneapolismn.gov.

The first One Minneapolis One Read began in the fall of 2011 with a citywide “read” of “The Grace of Silence,” a memoir describing the experience of the first black family to move onto a block in a south Minneapolis neighborhood in the 1960s. One Minneapolis One Read began when residents and community leaders sought ways to encourage a respectful public dialogue about race following a controversial debate over a Minneapolis dog park.

 

Published Apr. 26, 2012