The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, in partnership with State Library Services, released the third chapter of One Book | One Minnesota. The newest title, The Plague of Doves, is by Minnesota author Louise Erdrich.
From October into December, Minnesotans who read the featured book selection have access to author videos, reading guides, and virtual book club discussions all through their local libraries! New to this chapter of One Book | One Minnesota, readers can access the audiobook, in addition to the ebook, for free on Ebooks Minnesota for eight weeks.
All Minnesotans are welcome to participate in a statewide virtual discussion with the author on December 8, 2020. The event is free; registration is required and can be found here.
In The Plague of Doves, a Minnesota Book Award-winner and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the unsolved murder of a farm family haunts the small, white off-reservation town of Pluto, North Dakota. The vengeance exacted for this crime and the subsequent distortions of truth transform the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation and shape the passions of both communities for the next generation. Bound by love and torn by history, the collective stories of the two communities come together in a wrenching truth that is revealed in the novel’s final pages.
Louise Erdrich is the author of fifteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, children’s books, short stories, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction. The Plague of Doves won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and her debut novel, Love Medicine, was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Erdrich has received the Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction, the prestigious PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. She lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore.
Teachers, educators, and book clubs: visit this One Book | One Minnesota page to find resources, such as discussion guides, programming, author information, and downloadable media.