Shopping cart is empty.

Birchbark Blog

Thank You, Pilgrims

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.   
Comments
Johanna Garcia commented on 28-Nov-2009 07:00 PM
Dear Louise,
I haven't seen you in almost 9 years. I know because that's how old our youngest children are. I wanted you to know that my students are once again (it's irreplaceable, as far as I am concerned) reading Birchbark House and loving it. I am so grateful as a teacher (I teach lower grades now) to have this book to accompany my students in their leap into literacy. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Greet Persia for me,
Johanna Garcia
Marta commented on 27-Dec-2009 03:44 PM
You've also had a visitor from Poland. Even though I live n Berlin, I come from Poland. Hope you enjoyed the book I have left for you in the bookstore. Smiles!
Janet commented on 29-Dec-2009 11:22 AM
And then there are the customers who live in a not so sexy locale, someplace like Minneapolis.
Anonymous commented on 05-Jan-2010 02:49 PM
You missed counting me also. I visited the store in July and I'm from France, although an American who has lived in France for 35 years. This fall I even gave a talk on "The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse" to my book club made up of French women who had never heard about Louise Erdrich and had little knowledge of Native Americans. It was a success!
Barbara Carlier
Harriett commented on 18-Nov-2012 09:13 AM
Like everyone else, I tried unsuccessfully to parse this book over several days. But I devoured it in 24 hours. I always feel guilty when I consume so quickly a great work such as yours that was created over a period of years. I feel greedy, but happily so. Whenever I run across a familiar name (Nanapush, Lamartine) my heart fills with joy and opens up and a it's like a butterfly flies out. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Post a Comment!

Canoe Family

Recent PostsRSS


Tags

The Blue Sky neighborhood Dartmouth Brown Dog Chitra Divakaruni Aubrey/Maturin monkey in a dryer Population Roberto Bolano solstice, Thomas King Zombies British Navy Greenland Remarkable Trees Islam Michael Jackson Anton Treuer Stephen Salisbury incarnation Green Team Bill Moyers Journal Aza thanks The Transition Handbook Let's Take the Long Way Home buffalo Education thank you friends Collective Denial trees Keepers of the Trees Native People The Resilient Gardener adventure Mohamed's Ghosts Chickadee Guthrie Theater Gryphon Press President Obama Nero Up Late Again fresh water National Book Award leaves and snow green post holiday reads ependent favorite dog School Gardens Video Pembina Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive Afghanistan graphix Climate Change Tar Sands Too Loud A Solitude Minneapolis Patrick O'Brian ptsd Wolf Hall Milkweed Press Kabul mississippi peculiar touches of green and gold language revitalization Victory Gardens cafe show your love Ojibwe Ha Jin Tree Houses Magers and Quinn Hilary Mantel The Wealth of Nature Czech Writer World on the Edge 350.org Bleak House More Remarkable Trees Hillary Clinton Beth Dooley knowledge post holiday bill mckibben Small Bookstores as Commons Gary Clement Anishinabe plants Louise Keystone XL Fireworks japan coyote Unnatural Disasters Too Much Happiness joy pilgrims Women and Trees Native Arts Book Review Mankato Powwow Minnesota aquifer germany Canada This Green World Vic Glover Rare Books favorite book Easter Island gardens Catalyst The Farmer's Daughter Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge Nemesis twins 2666 Dogs Ice photography spring The Royal Prussian Library Crushing Books sweden Peak Oil Poetry devoted customers city of books Master Butchers Singing Club Philip Roth italy Love Alan Weisman Light in August how good looking you are cafe closing Jim Harrison Kate DiCamillo ireland boarding school local economy H2Oil gratitude Wendy Makoons Geniusz china NACDI:All My Relations euphoria support book and dinner club Makoons The Round House Kenwood Gardens customers the most romantic city in the world north dakota Botany france The Birchbark House The Game of Silence favorite tree William Trevor Gail Caldwell Alice Munro Interview Emily Johnson S.C. Gwynne The Porcupine Year Bohumil Hrabal friends birchbark house series State Troopers Peak Water Anishinabemowin Birchbark Books E.L. Doctorow Empire of the Summer Moon Ojibwemowin tree books The Ojibwe anniversary health care reform Wastepaper

Archive