One Minneapolis One Read continues through special events and community conversations

One Minneapolis One Read officially began last month at an event that featured Garrison Keillor, the host of A Prairie Home Companion, and Diane Wilson, author of this year’s One Read selection, Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past.

Now the One Read initiative moves to community conversations among neighborhood groups, book clubs, schools, libraries and literary centers as folks come together to discuss the book and the issues it raises. If you’d like to take part in this community conversation, you can read the book, attend an upcoming event or organize your own activity. 

Free One Read-related events

Author event with Diane Wilson
Monday, Oct. 15
7 p.m.
Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall

Diane Wilson will read excerpts from her book Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past, participate in a question and answer session and autograph books.

Author event with Brenda J. Child
Tuesday, Oct. 16
7 - 9 p.m.
Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall

Brenda J. Child, an award-winning Ojibwe author and associate professor in the department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, will talk about her latest book, Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community. Child will be introduced by State Representative Susan Allen (District 62B), the first Native American woman elected to the state Legislature. A post-presentation reception will honor Ojibwe women leaders, including those whose advocacy led to passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.

The Dakota People’s Place in Minnesota
Thursday, Oct. 25
7 - 8 p.m.
Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall

The Dakota people have lived in Minnesota the longest, with a history that goes back hundreds of years. After the 1862 Dakota War, only a few Dakota remained in the state. Dakota artist, poet and scholar Gwen Westerman will share her perspective on modern Dakota people and their special place in Minnesota. No registration required.

You can find more events listed at

About One Minneapolis One Read

One Minneapolis One Read is a citywide “read” which encourages the entire community to read the same book and join in a community conversation. The initiative is led by the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County Library and Minneapolis Public Schools to promote literacy and respectful public dialogue.

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

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.


Published Oct 10, 2012



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