Louise Erdrich - Sunday, November 22, 2009
Thank you, Pilgrims!
No, not buckle pilgrims -- book pilgrims.
Our little bookstore would never survive without the Pilgrims who come to visit us from every part of the world. Thank you for coming to visit us. Thank you for drinking coffee at the Kenwood Cafe. Thank you for sitting in the reading chairs and for telling us how and why you came to Birchbark Books. Thank you for sharing the green stuff that lubricates the wheels of civilization. Over the summer and fall, we've have visitors from Italy, Canada, China, Germany, England, Nigeria, Ireland, Turkey, Sweden, Japan, Romania, Mississippi, North Dakota, and Maple Grove, Minnesota, from the nations of Leech Lake, Red Lake, White Earth, Turtle Mountain, Pine Ridge, Rosebud, and ICELAND ( !), to name just a few locales where literati decide that when visiting Minneapolis they will find Birchbark Books.
It is always such a pleasure to find out how and why people arrive at the blue Birchbark door (blue to resist evil spirits). Often they have been dragged in by a relative, it is true. But that relative has a love of books and little bookstores, and passes this on. Many times the next generation is imbued with the spirit of the place. We have children who have grown up reading such books as A Coyote Solstice Tale, by Thomas King, pictures by Gary Clement. The perfect book to read in the Birchbark Loft. This is a wonderful coyote sweet and funny book, a gentle anti-Christmas craziiness story that resonated with me and will, I think, with every mother and father whose children's visions of sugar plums require them to visit a crowded mall. It made me want to drink hot chocolate and curl up with a good book.
I plan on curling up (again) with Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive, Decolonizing Botanical Anishinaabe Teachings, by Wendy Makoons Geniusz. This book is several things at once: a primer on truth, an innovative Anishinabe-English language text, a grand discussion of what has been already written about Anishinabe use of plants, and a delightful act of love. Decolonized knowledge of the world allows a person access to the entire range of human experience of nature -- from use to song to dream to dance. This work is eye-opening and joyous . And it is one of my favorite books of the year.
Nemesis spring china Afghanistan Milkweed Press Master Butchers Singing Club sweden knowledge the most romantic city in the world Up Late Again Jim Harrison President Obama Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge H2Oil Zombies Kate DiCamillo More Remarkable Trees language revitalization book and dinner club Fireworks Peak Water Small Bookstores as Commons Catalyst joy Bill Moyers Journal The Resilient Gardener Women and Trees S.C. Gwynne Peak Oil Light in August incarnation Anishinabe plants coyote Minnesota neighborhood devoted customers Canada Climate Change post holiday reads ependent Book Review Islam The Game of Silence Too Much Happiness gratitude Vic Glover support france Poetry local economy fresh water Native Arts favorite book State Troopers The Wealth of Nature Dogs Philip Roth Kenwood Gardens Population Gryphon Press Too Loud A Solitude thanks show your love Roberto Bolano Wolf Hall The Blue Sky Hillary Clinton buffalo leaves and snow Birchbark Books cafe closing Tar Sands health care reform 350.org Crushing Books Makoons Beth Dooley Video Anton Treuer birchbark house series National Book Award NACDI:All My Relations Michael Jackson Kabul The Round House gardens thank you friends solstice, Thomas King Pembina Tree Houses boarding school Greenland William Trevor peculiar touches of green and gold The Ojibwe Aubrey/Maturin Interview The Royal Prussian Library Mohamed's Ghosts Nero Remarkable Trees favorite tree This Green World ptsd Gail Caldwell Magers and Quinn Anishinabemowin The Transition Handbook Empire of the Summer Moon trees Alan Weisman Aza Brown Dog mississippi tree books Gary Clement Minneapolis post holiday Dartmouth twins Czech Writer germany bill mckibben Hilary Mantel Mankato Powwow pilgrims Bleak House Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive The Porcupine Year Easter Island green Collective Denial Unnatural Disasters Emily Johnson Ojibwemowin Wendy Makoons Geniusz Ha Jin friends Education Love E.L. Doctorow Stephen Salisbury Wastepaper Botany Green Team Ice Guthrie Theater Native People Alice Munro how good looking you are British Navy Chitra Divakaruni The Birchbark House monkey in a dryer favorite dog aquifer Keystone XL photography italy north dakota anniversary customers ireland The Farmer's Daughter Keepers of the Trees Let's Take the Long Way Home School Gardens World on the Edge 2666 adventure Bohumil Hrabal city of books japan Ojibwe cafe Patrick O'Brian Victory Gardens Louise Chickadee graphix Rare Books euphoria