Get your tickets for the Minneapolis community read main event hosted by Garrison Keillor

Minneapolis’ community read is back for a second year. One Minneapolis One Read is a citywide “read” which encourages the entire community to read the same book and join in a community conversation. This year’s selection is Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past, a book of vignettes honoring the lives of the author’s Dakota family.

Garrison Keillor and Diane Wilson special event

Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion host, and Diane Wilson, Spirit Car author, are headlining One Read’s main event at the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium Monday, Sept. 24. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is followed by a dessert reception. Metro Transit will provide free bus passes for anyone attending this event. To download a bus pass, visit Passes will be good from 6 - 10 p.m., Sept. 24. In addition, sign language interpreting and audio describing will be provided at this event.

Event tickets can be purchased at or 612-343-3390. Tickets are $10; $5 for seniors, students or limited income (for those tickets, select the $10 option and choose “apply discount” before purchasing).

About the book

Spirit Car, a Minnesota Book Award winner, begins with a vivid account of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 in Minnesota. In writing about this portion of the book, author Wilson states, “In a sense, these are ghost stories, written to re-create a family history that has been lost over time, or repressed as too painful, or simply set aside as the gritty issues of survival demanded attention. Re-creating certain moments in history and reliving them through my own imagination has allowed me to know earlier generations of my family as human beings.”

According to the author’s note, “Book two continues the narrative with stories from my life, especially those drawn from the long search to understand my family’s Dakota identity… The result: an historical or family memoir that combines a bit of everything in telling a story that spans five generations. In the process, I discovered just how deeply our identities are influenced by the forces of history.”

Spirit Car is available in paperback at local independent and chain bookstores, online booksellers and It’s also available through Hennepin County Library and as an e-book.

One Read featured in Hennepin Gallery

One Minneapolis One Read is the feature of the Hennepin County Government Center gallery’s September exhibit. The exhibit, which features Spirit Car excerpts, other suggested readings and art, is located in the tunnel between Minneapolis City Hall and the Hennepin County Government Center.

What’s next

One Read week launches weeks of community conversations as neighborhood groups, book clubs, libraries, literary centers and others come together to discuss the book. People are encouraged to start their own conversations with family, friends, coworkers or neighbors. City employees are encouraged to participate in this community endeavor.

For ideas for how to be a part of One Minneapolis One Read, visit If you’d like bookmarks for your book club or group, email [email protected].

Some related events

The New Eden
Saturday, Sept. 15
1 - 4 p.m.
Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall

Minneapolis artist Scott Seekins will present the cultural and religious aspects of the 1862 Dakota War and the different perceptions and expectations of the settlers and the Native Americans.

The U.S. – Dakota War
Tuesday, Sept. 25
7 - 8 p.m.
Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall

Senior historian Stephen Osman at historic Fort Snelling for more than three decades will discuss the 1862 Dakota War using original artwork to study the questions of how we should remember these tragic events 150 years later.

For more event listings, visit

About One Read

The City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County Library and Minneapolis Public Schools are jointly leading One Minneapolis One Read with a goal of promoting literacy and respectful public dialogue.

For more information and to get involved, visit,, or email [email protected].



Published Sep 12, 2012



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