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September 14, 2012

Author Diane Wilson will read from and discuss her book Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1 to 1:50 and 2 to 2:50 p.m. in the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus Legacy Room as part of the English Department’s fall 2012 Two Rivers Reading Series.

Two Rivers Reading Series PresentsAuthor Diane Wilson
Wednesday, Oct. 10
1 to 1:50 and 2 to 2:50 p.m.
Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus Legacy Room
The events are free and open to the public
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Spirit Car is an award-winning book that blends fiction, memoir and history to trace Wilson’s Dakota heritage across several generations, beginning around the time of the U.S. Dakota War of 1862. Wilson researched her maternal relatives through five generations, retracing their path through Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska as they struggled to survive.

Author Waziyatawin Angela Wilson called Spirit Car “moving and poignant” and author Susan Power said it was “a generous honor song, raised in celebration of ancestors history too often forgets.” Wilson won the 2006 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir, Autobiography and Creative Nonfiction for Spirit Car. Her project also received awards from the Jerome Travel and Study program, the Minnesota Historical Society, Norcroft Writer’s Retreat and Blacklock Nature Center.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College is featuring Wilson’s book during the 150th Anniversary of the U.S. Dakota War of 1862. The Minneapolis City Council selected Spirit Car as the One Minneapolis One Read (OMOR) book beginning this fall 2012. This citywide read encourages the entire community to read the book and experience a community conversation. More than 350 students at the college are reading Spirit Car  and will attend the on-campus event. Wilson will also converse with Garrison Keillor, Sept. 24 at the Minneapolis Convention Center as a part of OMOR.

“The English and Reading Departments recognize the importance of a common-book experience on our college campus,” says Scott Stankey, English Faculty member. “It’s important that our students have the opportunity of reading a book and then meeting the author. We support the growth, awareness, understanding, and change that our students can experience through reading great literature such as Wilson's Spirit Car.”

Anoka-Ramsey’s English Department and Faculty Development sponsor the Two Rivers Reading series which features award-winning authors, poets, and playwrights each academic year. Events are free and open to the public.

For more information about this event, contact English Faculty and Two Rivers Reading series Chair, Paige Riehl at 763-433-1347.

To learn more about the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 visit usdakotawar.org.

For more information about public events at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, visit AnokaRamsey.edu.