Virtual author Q and A planned through Crystal Falls library

A VIRTUAL SESSION with author Linda LeGarde Grover about her UP Notable Book List novel “In the Night of Memory” has been set for Jan. 13.

CRYSTAL FALLS — The Crystal Falls Community District Library, in partnership with the U.P. Publishers and Authors Association, has scheduled author events with winners of the UP Notable Book List.

The 13th event is planned at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, with Linda LeGarde Grover, whose captivating novel “In the Night of Memory,” about the lives and struggles of two separated sisters in a Native American family in the fictional Mozhay Point Reservation, will resonate with anyone who has experienced a broken family. The events are open to all U.P. residents free of charge.

The event will take place on the Zoom platform. Contact librarian Evelyn Gathu in advance by email at egathu@uproc.lib.mi.us, or by phone at 906-875-3344. They recommend borrowing a copy of the book from the local library or purchasing from a local bookseller in advance to get the most out of these events.

Legarde Grover is professor emeritus of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe. Her novel “The Road Back to Sweetgrass” (Minnesota, 2014), received the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Fiction Award as well as the Native Writers Circle of the Americas First Book Award. “The Dance Boots,” a book of stories, received the Flannery O’Connor Award and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, and her poetry collection “The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives” received the Red Mountain Press Editor’s Award and the 2017 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Poetry. “Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year” (Minnesota, 2017) won the 2018 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir and Creative Nonfiction and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award.

In “In the Night of Memory,” when Loretta surrenders her young girls to the county and then disappears, she becomes one more missing Native woman in Indian Country’s long devastating history of loss. But she is also a daughter of the Mozhay Point Reservation in northern Minnesota and the mother of Azure and Rain, ages 3 and 4, and her absence haunts all the lives she has touched — and all the stories they tell in this novel.

“In the Night of Memory” returns to the fictional reservation of LeGarde Grover’s previous award-winning books, introducing readers to a new generation of the Gallette family as Azure and Rain make their way home.

After a string of foster placements, from cold to kind to cruel, the girls find their way back to their extended Mozhay family, and a new set of challenges, and stories, unfolds. Deftly, Grover conjures a chorus of women’s voices — sensible, sensitive Azure’s first among them — to fill in the sorrows and joys, the loves and the losses that have brought the girls and their people to this moment. Though reconciliation is possible, some ruptures simply cannot be repaired; they can only be lived through, or lived with. “In the Night of Memory” creates a nuanced, moving, often humorous picture of two Ojibwe girls becoming women in light of this lesson learned in the long, sharply etched shadow of Native American history.

Established in 1998 to support authors and publishers who live in or write about the Upper Peninsula, UPPAA is a Michigan nonprofit association with more than 100 members, many of whose books are featured on the organization’s website at www.uppaa.org. UPPAA welcomes membership and participation from anyone with a U.P. connection who is interested in writing.


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