Read North Dakota Presents
An Evening With Leif Enger (2006)
Leif Enger’s critically praised best seller “Peace Like A River ” was selected as Read North Dakota’s featured novel. In his keynote address, Enger told tales of the charm cast on his writing by childhood experiences in North Dakota.
North Dakota Poet Laureate Larry Woiwode’s acclaimed book “What I Think I Did” was selected as Read North Dakota’s featured memoir. In his keynote address, Woiwode discusses life in North Dakota, surviving hard times and how he drew inspiration from it.
Pulitzer Prize winning author and North Dakota native James McPherson shared his insights into the character of Abraham Lincoln and his metamorphosis into this country’s first modern Commander-in-chief. Having to overcome incompetent and recalcitrant generals, Lincoln took up the reins of command even though he had no military experience.
Biographer Raymond Schroth discussed the impact growing up in North Dakota had on building the character of acclaimed journalist Eric Severaid, the events that brought him from the tiny town of Velva, North Dakota to the world stage, and the lessons that can be learned from his journey from one of “Morrow’s boys” to his role as America’s pre-eminent news commentator,
An Evening With S.D. Nelson (2010)
Author and illustrator of award-winning children’s books, S.D. Nelson talked of growing up with one foot in two worlds — his home in Fargo, North Dakota and the reservation home of his mother’s family. Nelson talked of the influences his Native American heritage has on his work and the path that led him to bring traditional stories to a wide audience of children of all backgrounds.
Wyndmere, North Dakota native Chuck Klosterman is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including his newest novel “The Visible Man”. Klosterman talked about the journey of moving from a journalist to a memoirist to a novelist and back again.
Author Louise Erdrich is this year’s Read North Dakota special guest. In this author talk, Erdrich shares passages from her newest book and chats with our live studio audience.
Acclaimed author Louise Erdrich has become the newest member inducted into the North Dakota Hall of Fame. Governor Jack Dalrymple will unveil a portrait of Erdrich that will hang in the state Capitol in Bismarck, along with the portraits of other notable North Dakotans. Erdrich will give a reading from her work following the presentation.
About Read North Dakota
Read North Dakota is dedicated to celebrating and promoting literature created in and about North Dakota. Visit the website to find books by North Dakota authors and recommended reading of novels, children’s books, memoirs, and biographies of North Dakotans.
Read North Dakota Partners
North Dakota Council on the Arts www.state.nd.us/arts/
North Dakota Humanities Council www.nd-humanities.org
North Dakota Library Association www.ndla.info/
Prairie Public Broadcasting www.prairiepublic.org/
State Historical Society of North Dakota www.state.nd.us/hist/
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