One Book | One MN: 9th book

One Book One Minnesota Program announces its Ninth title: We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World


Great River Regional Library is participating in the ninth chapter of One Book | One Minnesota. This statewide book club invites Minnesotans of all ages to read a common title and come together virtually to enjoy, reflect, and discuss. The ninth title for the program is We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World edited by Carolyn Holbrook & David Mura. Presented in partnership with State Library Services, a Minnesota Department of Education division, the program aims to bring Minnesotans together and highlight the role of libraries as community connectors.

From October 17 through December 7, through their local libraries, Minnesotans will be invited to read the featured book selection and access reading guides and virtual book club discussions.


Readers can access the ebook for free on EBooks Minnesota for eight weeks. Click here to start reading the ebook (No wait time or limit! Start reading now!)


In addition to the digital format, hard copies of the book will be available in the Great River Regional Library catalog. Click here to request your copy from the catalog

Reading with your book club? Here are reading and discussion guides to use


All Minnesotans are invited to participate in a statewide discussion with contributors from the book:


Virtual Author Conversation 

December 7th at 7:00 p.m. 
Featured contributors:
Carolyn Holbrook, Douglas Kearney, Ed Bok Lee, Ricardo Levins Morales, David Mura, & Melissa Olson

Free and open to the public | Registration required

About We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World

In this collection, Indigenous writers and writers of color bear witness to one of the most unsettling years in the history of the United States. Essays and poems vividly reflect and comment on the traumas we endured in 2020, beginning with the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis, deepened by the blatant murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers and the uprisings that immersed the city into the epicenter of passionate, worldwide demands for justice. In inspired and incisive writing these contributors speak unvarnished truths not only to the original and pernicious racism threaded through the American experience but also to the deeply personal, in essays about family, loss, food culture, economic security, and mental health. Their call and response is united here to rise and be heard.  

We Are Meant to Rise lifts up the astonishing variety of BIPOC writers in Minnesota and meets the events of the day, the year, the centuries before, again and again, with powerful testament to the intrinsic and unique value of the human voice.  


About the Editors

Carolyn Holbrook is the founder and director of More Than a Single Story, as well as the founder of SASE: The Write Place. She is a writer, educator, and advocate for the healing power of the arts. Her essay collection Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify received a Minnesota Book Award for Memoir and Creative Nonfiction. She is the co-author of Dr. Josie Johnson’s memoir Hope in the Struggle. Her essays have been published widely, in A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota and Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota, as well as many other publications. She was the first person of color to win the Kay Sexton Award from the Minnesota Book Awards and The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library for contributions to Minnesota literature.

David Mura has written ten books, including the memoirs Turning Japanese, a New York Times Notable Book; Where the Body Meets Memory; and four poetry collections, including After We Lost Our Way, a National Poetry Contest winner; The Colors of Desire, which received the Carl Sandburg Award; Angels for the Burning; The Last Incantations; and A Stranger’s Journey: Race, Identity, and Narrative Craft in Writing. He teaches at VONA, a writers’ conference for writers of color. He has worked with Alexs Pate’s Innocent Classroom, a program designed to improve relationships between teachers and students of color. 

Read bios for all contributors here

About One Book | One Minnesota

One Book | One Minnesota is presented by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, in partnership with State Library Services and sponsored by SPIRE Credit Union. Program partners also include the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators; Mackin VIA; Minitex; the Minnesota Department of Education; and the University of Minnesota Press. This program is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, as well as through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Links to resources and more information can be found at