Shopping cart is empty.

Birchbark Blog

At Last!

Louise Erdrich - Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Dearly Beloved Customers From Minneapolis and Saint Paul,

Reading back through the logs and posts after a long (wasn't it almost endless) winter I came across Janet's comment -- have I missed thanking the customers from The Most Romantic City in the World -- and the Equally Most Romantic City in the World -- our Twin Cities?  You have brought our little ship through the doldrums of January.   Or, you know, that very quiet time in January.   I am in a twelve step Patrick O'Brian resistance program but have occasional relapses into sailor talk.  Thank you brave book lovers who set your spankers and ventured out into the one way streets paved with ice.  Thank you for coming to Birchbark Books.  
I had to turn to William Trevor because I was in irons with the British Royal Navy. Love and Summer is a small gem of characterization, rural self containment and quiet pain.  Again, this book the choice of March's book club, I was enthralled by those who shared a homage to the Irish meal and talked about the book.  What a pleasure it was.  The next book choice is Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel.  Our Celebrity Host will be the marvelous cookbook writer and great reader -- Beth Dooley.  With Katherine Viegel of the Kenwood Cafe, they are inventing a meal right off the royal table of Henry VIII.  I thought that everything possible had been written that could be written with wicked relish about that period of history, but no.  Wolf Hall.  Oh no.  From the Napoleonic Wars into the marital savagery of Tudor England!  Another purely addictive read.

Entirely on another note -- the language activist, Bemidji State Professor, author and all around wonderful Anton Treuer visited to read from and lecture on his book.  Recently published by The Minnesota Historical Society Press, Ojibwe in Minnesota is a distinct achievement.  This book finally, AT LAST, serves as the perfect text to introduce Ojibwe history here in Minnesota.  Treuer manages to pack a world into each sentence.  This is the perfect book for anyone curious about the Ojibwe, the perfect book for those who want to consolidate understanding of the Ojibwe, the perfect book for . . . well, everyone.  I wish that this book was required reading for living here in Minnesota.  

Mike and Niizhoo Sullivan sang a great hand drum song before the Anton Treuer reading.  Look up Niizhoo on You Tube.  His singing will blow you away and make you happy.  He is five years old.  Kudos to Mike for pursuing his doctorate in linguistics at the U and for singing with his son and passing on these moving, exquisite, lovely Ojibwe songs.

If I wrote blogs more often they would be shorter.  This has been a week of At Lasts -- health reform, after all.  Tune in to Bill Moyer's Journal this Friday, March 26, for what I am sure will be a valiant attempt to parse what just happened.

Yours for books,


Canoe Family

Recent PostsRSS


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