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