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


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