Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Leap Into Reading At The Pine River Public Library

The Cat in the Hat Joins the Big Green Frog for
Leap Into Reading

Library's Cat in the Hat and Big Green Frog Book Display.

Happy Leap Day Everyone!


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Fabulous February offers two author visits

Boozhoo! [“Greetings” in the Ojibwe language]

Browser the library cat here with news about February events. We could call this month fantastic February. First we have David Treuer at The Warehouse Friday, Feb. 17th at 6:30. He will talk about this book, “Rez Life”. Here are some excerpts from his biography on his website: (Well, the whole thing is interesting…)

“David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the 1996 Minnesota Book Award, and fellowships from the NEH, Bush Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He divides his time between his home on the Leech Lake Reservation and Minneapolis. He is the author of three novels and a book of criticism. His essays and stories have appeared in Esquire, TriQuarterly, The Washington Post, the LA Times, and Slate.com.

The son of Robert Treuer, an Austrian Jew and holocaust survivor and Margaret Seelye Treuer, a tribal court judge, David Treuer grew up on Leech Lake Reservation. After graduating from high school he attended Princeton University where he wrote two senior theses--one in anthropology and one in creative writing--and where he worked with Toni Morrison, Paul Muldoon, and Joanna Scott. Treuer graduated in 1992 and published his first novel, Little, in 1995. He received his PhD in anthropology and published his second novel, The Hiawatha, in 1999. His third novel The Translation of Dr Apelles and a book of criticism, Native American Fiction; A User's Manual appeared in 2006. The Translation of Dr Apelles was named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post,Time Out, and City Pages.

His novels have been translated into Norwegian, Finnish, French, and Greek.”

This is something you don’t want to miss. This is about our area and the people we meet every day. It could be you or your friend.

“During a houseboat vacation on the remote Lake of the Woods, a violent gale sweeps through unexpectedly, stranding cork and his daughter, Jenny, on a devastated island where the wind has ushered in a force far darker and more deadly than any storm…”

Entranced? Our second event is William Kent Krueger, Minnesota author who will speak to us about his latest book, “Northwest Angle”. Visit Mr. Krueger’s website for more information about his writings. He has written eleven books of suspense about Minnesota. This promises to be a super experience. Mr. Krueger is a man of great charm and humor. Do not miss him Tuesday, Feb 21st at Pine River/Backus Media Center (The Library) at 6:30 PM. Signs will be posted in the high school.

For more information on these and other events, contact Pine River Public Library at 218-587-4639.

Baamaapii, [“until later” in the Ojibwe language]

Browser, the library cat

Printed in the Pine River Journal 16 Feb 2012

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Wine, beer tasting fund raiser Feb 10

Hello fellow patrons of the Pine River Public Library.

February isn’t just for Valentine’s Day anymore.

Our library has several events in this month of hearts and flowers. It is, it happens, also a month of wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres. On February 10th Friends of the Pine River Library are sponsoring a Wine and Beer Tasting featuring wines from around the world. These will be provided by Quality Wine and Spirits. Our own Friends will be preparing the Hors d’oeuvres. There will also be a silent auction. This wonderful event will take place Friday, 2/10/2012 from 6pm to 8pm at the VFW Post in Jenkins. Tickets are available at Pine River Library in advance for a mere $15 or $20 at the door. Friends of the Library receive $2.00 off. Being a friend has benefits! The proceeds from this event will help pay for the roof over my head - the one at the library.

Think of this as a preamble to Valentines Day. Bring your sweetheart or your favorite neighbor or anybody remotely close to you who likes a little something to drink from time to time and needs to get out of the house…Don’t drink? There is food and the silent auction to consider. Something for everyone except for me. I will be left behind to guard the library against miscreants. I really don’t mind at all. Just save some food for me.

I remain,
Browser, the library cat

Printed in the Pine River Journal 2 February 2012