Local author Linda LeGarde Grover will present a reading from her fiction collection, The Dance Boots, on Monday, May 14, at noon, in the large meeting room. Ms. Grover was recently awarded the 2011 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, presented by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's studies at the University of Rochester in New York. Ms. Grover is associate professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a member of the Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. She is the co-author of A Childhood in Minnesota: Exploring the Lives of Ojibwe and Immigrant Families, 1880-1920 and author of the poetry chapbook The Indian at Indian School. She was awarded the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction in 2009.
The Dance Boots is a collection of eight inter-related stories reflecting the Native American experience. In a recent interview, Ms. Grover described how her aunt, a traditional Ojibwe dancer, gave her dance boots to her in the hope that she would continue the tradition. "I am honored to wear her boots," Grover said.
The reading will be followed by a question-and-answer session and discussion.