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James Norton and Becca Dilley discuss "Lake Superior Flavor: A Field Guide to Food and Drink along the Circle Tour"
04/21/2014 7:00 pm
Enjoy a culinary tour of Lake Superior with the founders of the Heavy Table.
Lake Superior Flavors is a celebration of food culture around the shores of the greatest of the Great Lakes. Author James Norton and photographer Becca Dilley--founders of the popular food website Heavy Table--take readers on a culinary tour around Lake Superior, hitting high-traffic tourist spots and cultural institutions as well as off-the-beaten-path discoveries. Norton and Dilley document fine dining, diners, and dives; shop at farmers’ markets; and even try foraging from the land and the lake.
Norton and Dilley also meet food producers and artisans--fishermen, cheesemakers, brewers, and more--and explore the culinary history and current food culture of four distinct regions. Along the North Shore of Minnesota, Norton and Dilley ride with a herring fisherman struggling to preserve his way of life. In Thunder Bay and Ontario, the authors investigate the roots of the locavore movement in a remarkable conversation with an Ojibwe woman about native food. In the remote Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan, the pair encounters a group of philosophical gourmet monks who make jam from foraged berries. And on the south shore of the lake, they talk with a Wisconsin cheesemaker and goatherd who takes his herd on a nightly walk--cocktail in hand. Alongside Norton and Dilley’s travelogues are capsule reviews of restaurants, insightful tasting notes, and sidebars featuring important dishes of each region—from smoked fish and skillet-popped wild rice to pannukakku (Finnish pancakes) and cudighi (Italian meatball sandwiches).
Showcasing the wild beauty and rugged authenticity of the places and people along the circle tour, Lake Superior Flavors is ideal for local foodies and for visitors who want to learn about food traditions through delicious eating and lively traveling.
James Norton and Becca Dilley run the Heavy Table website and are the authors of The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin and The Secret Atlas of North Coast Food. Norton is a regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor and Minnesota Monthly and makes frequent appearances on Minnesota Public Radio’s Current station.
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04/27/2014 1:30 pm
The winners of “Love Letters”: The Second Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest will be announced at a celebration of poetry in St Paul, Minnesota, on April 27.
Join us at 1:30pm, Sunday, April 27, 2014, in the Weyerhauser Chapel at Macalester College for a celebration of poetry hosted by Garrison Keillor. We’ll share good poems and announce the winner of “Love Letters.” This event is free and open to the public.
“That tension between empathy as something unavoidable, something that happens intrinsically by virtue of finding yourself in certain positions vs. empathy as choice, a good deed; that back-and-forth tension has always been interesting to me.”
Common Good Books talks to Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams. Read our interview here, and don't miss Leslie Jamison, in conversation with Jeff Shotts, on March 31st at Common Good Books!
Common Good Books is pleased to announce “Love Letters”: The Second Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest.
Garrison Keillor, proprietor of Common Good Books in St Paul, Minnesota, is sponsoring a poetry contest, and he’s putting up some serious money in support of good verse. First prize in “Love Letters”: The Second Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest is $1000.00; four $250.00 runner-up prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the judges.
This year’s judges are Garrison Keillor, Tom Hennen (author of Darkness Sticks to Everything: New and Collected Poems), and Patricia Hampl (author of Woman before an Aquarium and Resort and Other Poems).
To enter, just craft a paean to your favorite person, place, or thing. Pour your love onto the page, shape it well, and mail your love letter to Common Good Books before April 15. Fame and fortune could be yours.
Help for aspiring poets
Don’t think you can’t write poetry. Common Good Books has the encouragement you need. Visit http://commongoodbooks.tumblr.com/advice from now till April 15th for tips on how to win at (writing) love from some of our country’s best poets, including Tony Hoagland, Kristin Naca, and Henri Cole as well as Graywolf Press poetry editor Jeff Shotts. Stay tuned!
And we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that you can see what sort of poems touch our proprietor’s heart by checking out his collection of poetry O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound (get yours here) or by listening to The Writer’s Almanac (here).
The rules at a glance
Finalists will be announced April 20. The winners will be announced at a celebration of poetry in St Paul, Minnesota, on April 27.
Join us at 1:30pm, Sunday, April 27, 2014, in the chapel at Macalester College for a celebration of poetry hosted by Garrison Keillor. We’ll share good poems and announce the winner of “Love Letters.” This event is free and open to the public.
About the judges
Garrison Keillor is the host and founder of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac on public radio. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, he was born in 1942 in Anoka. His books include Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, and O What A Luxury.
Tom Hennen is the author of Darkness Sticks to Everything: Collected and New Poems. Born into a big Dutch-Irish family in 1942 in Morris, Minnesota, Hennen grew up on farms. In 1972 he helped found the Minnesota Writer’s Publishing House, printing with a press stashed in his garage work that included his first chapbook The Heron With No Business Sense. He then worked for the Department of Natural Resources wildlife section in the 1970s and later as a wildlife technician at the Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge in South Dakota. Now retired, he lives in St. Paul near his children and grandchildren.
Patricia Hampl is the author of two collections of poetry, Woman before an Aquarium and Resort and Other Poems. Her other books include first A Romantic Education, a memoir about her Czech heritage; The Florist’s Daughter, winner of numerous “best” and “year end” awards, including the New York Times “100 Notable Books of the Year” and the 2008 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir and Creative Nonfiction; Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime, also a Times Notable Book; Spillville, a meditation on Antonin Dvorak's 1893 summer in Iowa, with engravings by Steven Sorman; and Virgin Time, about her Catholic upbringing and an inquiry into contemplative life.
05/18/2014 5:00 pm
In 1936, a young mother resting by the side of the road in central California is spontaneously photographed by a woman documenting migrant laborers in search of work. Few personal details are exchanged and neither woman has any way of knowing that they have produced one of the most iconic images of the Great Depression. In present day, Walker Dodge, a professor of cultural history, stumbles upon a family secret embedded in the now-famous picture. In luminous prose, Silver creates an extraordinary tale from a brief event in history and its repercussions throughout the decades that follow—a reminder that a great photograph captures the essence of a moment yet only scratches the surface of a life.
“…a powerful, moving portrait of America during the Great Depression. Silver is one of those preternaturally gifted writers who can with the lightest of touches make the reader enter a world that feels as fully real as the one around us.” —Meghan O’Rourke, author of The Long Goodbye
“Mary Coin is quite simply one of the best novels I have read in years.” —Ben Fountain, author of the 2012 National Book Award winner Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
You bring the opinions, we’ll supply the wine and cheese. RSVP in store or to Colin[at]CommonGoodBooks.com. And don't forget, all book club picks are 20% off!
“An Englishman named Charles Rowell was the first pedestrian to win a ‘walking match’ by occasionally running. But, like so many professional athletes, he squandered his fortune and died destitute."
Common Good Books talks to Matthew Algeo about gambling, endorsement deals and early American attention spans. Read on.
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