Swing into fall with a joint reading from two local authors whose work captures the spirit, spectacle, and distinctive setting of Minnesota's woods and prairies. Thomas Maltman will read from Little Wolves, a haunting novel rich with spooky notes of mythology, murder, and the supernatural. Sarah Stonich will read from Vacationland, a brilliantly woven novel-in-stories filled with humor, compassion, and a cast of memorable characters.
Book signings will follow the readings.
About Little Wolves:
Set on the Minnesota prairie in the late 1980s during a drought season that’s pushing family farms to the brink, Little Wolves features the intertwining stories of a father searching for answers after his son commitsa heinous murder, and a pastor’s wife (and washed-out scholar of early Anglo-Saxon literature) who has returned to the town for mysterious reasons of her own. A penetrating look at small-town America from the award-winning author of The Night Birds, Little Wolves weaves together elements of folklore and Norse mythology while being driven by a powerful murder mystery; a page-turning literary triumph.
On a lake in northernmost Minnesota, you might find Naledi Lodge - only two cabins still standing, its pathways now trodden mostly by memories. And there you might meet Meg, or the ghost of the girl she was, growing up under her grandfather's care in a world apart and a lifetime ago. Now an artist, Meg paints images "reflected across the mirrors of memory and water", much as the linked stories of Vacationland cast shimmering spells across distance and time. The novel offers a moving portrait of a place - at once timeless and of the moment, composed of conflicting dreams and shared experience - and of the woman bound to it by legacy, and sometimes longing, but not necessarily by choice.