Don’t miss Minneapolis One Read event featuring Garrison Keillor and Diane Wilson

One Read week — set for Sept. 19 – 24 — officially launches the second year 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. This year’s selection is Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past, a book of vignettes created by author Diane Wilson to honor the lives of her Dakota family.

One Read week will culminate in an evening with Garrison Keillor and Wilson at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 24 at the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium. Keillor is the host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac heard on public radio stations across the country. He is also the author of more than a dozen books, including Lake Wobegon Days.

Tickets for the One Read evening are now available at or 612-343-3390. Tickets are $10; $5 for seniors, students or limited income (for those tickets, select the $10 option and choose “apply discount” before purchasing).

One Read week launches months of community conversations as neighborhood groups, book clubs, libraries, literary centers and others come together to discuss the book. People are encouraged to start their own conversations with family, friends, coworkers or neighbors. City employees are encouraged to participate in this community endeavor. You can find a host of ideas for how to be a part of One Minneapolis One Read at

Spirit Car begins with a vivid account of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 in Minnesota and then follows the author’s family members’ nomadic travels across South Dakota and Nebraska in their struggle to survive. Spirit Car is available in paperback at local independent and chain bookstores, online booksellers and It’s also available through Hennepin County Library and as an e-book.

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.

For more information and to get involved, visit,, or email


Published Aug 29, 2012