Truth to tell I don’t get to very many author readings or even find time to prowl the local press sections in the areas libraries and bookstores. I can’t afford the Minnesota Book Awards any more. Still, I love to just read about what’s happening on the literary scenes — in bookstores, libraries, book clubs and attic reading spaces throughout the metro area and the state. Mary Anne Grossmann does a great job of keeping the literary flame burning at the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Though other print media flag a few readings, it’s almost always the out-of-town biggies. I want to know about the emerging writers, the local folks whose literary works, histories, memoirs, books for children and more are so artfully created and so often overlooked.
One delightful way to track the Minnesota muse is by following Minnesota Reads, now celebrating two years of celebrating Minnesota writers and readers. On the one hand, MR is running commentary on who’s doing. writing and reading what. My favorite or many treats on MR is an absolutely essential calendar of readings and literary events, often in places I’ve never visited except in my imagination. That’s MY favorite, but there something for everyone!
Happy Anniversary to Minnesota – Celebrate by checking it out and adding your voice whether you’re a reader, a writer, a publisher or, like me, mostly a lurker. They also serve who only stand and lurk.