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St. Paul – Read Brave: A Community Discussion

Monday, March 2 | 7:00 pm9:00 pm


Join the Minnesota Humanities Center for an insightful discussion about “The Marrow Thieves” by Cherie Dimaline. Scholar Erin Sharkey will guide a lively conversation about this year’s Read Brave Saint Paul primary book selection. Registration is free and required as space is limited. Event attendees may pick up a complimentary copy of the book at the Minnesota Humanities Center once registered.

Registration Deadline: Sunday, March 1, 2020

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About “The Marrow Thieves”

“The Marrow Thieves”, by Canadian Métis author, Cherie Dimaline, is this year’s primary book selection. A 2018 Canada Reads finalist, the young-adult novel imagines a dystopian future where global warming has ravaged the earth and, with it, most people’s ability to dream. Indigenous people, who can still dream, are hunted for their marrow to create a serum for others. The story follows Frenchie, a teenager on the run. After his brother is captured, Frenchie must create an ad hoc family and fight to preserve his people.

About the Facilitator

Erin Sharkey is a poet, essayist, educator, and graphic designer based in Minneapolis. She is the co-founder of an artist collective called Free Black Dirt and serves as the co-host for Black Market Reads, a weekly podcast about literature and black cultural production. Erin was a 2015 Givens Writing Fellow and is currently a Givens Foundation cultural producer-in-residence. She is a Coffee House Press in the Stacks artist-in-residence at Archie Givens, Sr. Collection of African American Literature at the University of Minnesota, and also is a consultant with Umbra: Search African American History.

About Read Brave St. Paul

A new twist on the traditional city one-book program. Rather than a single book, the program revolves around a common theme relevant to our city. The Minnesota Humanities Center is proud to be one of more than 60 community partners with the City of Saint Paul on 2020 Read Brave: Our Climate Crisis.

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