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Author Heid Erdrich leading book discussion

Heid Erdrich (Submitted photo)

Author Heid Erdrich will lead a book discussion at a follow-up event for the Park Rapids Reads Together project.

Erdrich will read her new work, along with her essay in "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota." She will also screen micro-videos and animations.

As part of the event, Erdrich will facilitate an audience-participation exercise, a "Talk Back," in which she will seek to include the voices of bi-racial and mixed-race indigenous people and their families.

This Legacy event is open to the public.

Erdrich's program begins at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 at the Nemeth Art Center.

There will also be time to experience the Nemeth Art Center's 40th anniversary exhibit. The "MYSYSYPYN" is a platform for exchange and exhibitions on the history, art, culture and land along the Mississippi River. It will explore America's internal colonialism through art and visual history.

Published by the Minnesota Historical Society, "A Good Time for the Truth" is a compilation of essays from 16 of Minnesota's best writers. They provide a range of perspective on what it is like to live as a person of color in Minnesota.

"In March, we hosted one of the contributing authors, Shannon Gibney. Now we're excited to bring another contributor, Heid Erdrich," said Jodi Schultz, Park Rapids Area Public Library branch manager.

Erdrich has won awards and honors from the Loft Literary Center, Bush Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, The First Peoples Fund and other organizations. She teaches writing and is a frequent speaker on Native American literature, visual art and Indigenous foods, among other subjects.

The community reads together project is a partnership between the Park Rapids Area Library, Nemeth Art Center, Friends of the Library and the Park Rapids Area League of Women Voters.

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