Plymouth READS 2021

Image of This Tender Land book cover and photo of author William Kent Krueger

Join Plymouth Library for online Plymouth READS events this March and April around the 2021 book selection: This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger.

With the feel of a modern classic, This Tender Land is an action-packed, engaging tale, and a welcome salve for our times.

In the midst of the Great Depression, the Lincoln Indian Training School, in SW Minnesota, is a pitiless place where American Indian children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be assimilated. It is also home to harmonica playing Odie O’Banion, a lively orphan boy whose exploits constantly earn him the superintendent’s wrath.

After a particularly harrowing incident, Odie and his brother Albert are forced to flee for their lives along with their best friend Mose, a mute young man of Native heritage. They also take with them a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy, who is inclined to visions of the future. Together, they steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi in search of a place to call home.

Read the 2021 Plymouth READS book selection, This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger, then meet the author for the grand finale of this year’s events. There will be time for questions at the author event. In its 12th year, Plymouth READS seeks to spark conversation, build community and foster learning and discovery in Plymouth by rallying readers around a single book.

Copies of This Tender Land are available at the Plymouth Library, 15700 36th Ave N.

Plymouth READS community events:

Related events take place throughout March and April, exploring the themes of the book and bringing community members together. All events take place online.

Plymouth READS: Presentation by Linda LeGarde Grover – Live Online
Thursday, March 4, 7 p.m.
Register online
Linda LeGarde Grover, Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe, will give a presentation on her research into Native American Boarding Schools, and the interplay with her novels and stories.

Plymouth READS: Campfire Play and Sing-along Video Premiere
Tuesday, March 16, 7 p.m.
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World premiere of a music video based on songs from This Tender Land. Enjoy, and play along, on harmonica or instrument of your choice, to the musical stylings of the Plymouth READS Ramblers, as they present traditional songs featured in this year’s book selection This Tender Land.

Plymouth READS: Meet William Kent Krueger – Live Online 
Thursday, April 15, 7 p.m.
Register online
Read the 2021 Plymouth READS book selection, This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger, then meet the author online for the grand finale of this year’s events. Time for Q&A.

Sponsors: Friends of the Plymouth Library, City of Plymouth, Plymouth Arts Council, Plymouth Lions Club, Hennepin County Library – Plymouth

For more information, follow us @PlymouthReads on Twitter or Plymouth READS on Facebook.

Plymouth READS 2020


 

COVID-19 Update: Plymouth READS 2020 has been postponed till this fall.
We will advise you of the new date for Leif Enger’s appearance and as many of the other events as we can schedule. We are, of course, quite sad about all of this. Meanwhile, we hope you will read “Virgil Wander” and recommend it to your neighbors and friends. See you in the fall!

 


Plymouth READS has selected Virgil Wander by international bestselling author Leif Enger as its 2020 book selection.

When Midwestern movie house owner Virgil Wander’s car flies off the road into icy Lake Superior he survives, but his language and memory are altered and he emerges into a world no longer familiar to him. Virgil begins to piece together his personal history and the lore of his broken town, with the help of a cast of affable and curious locals. It’s a potluck of mystery and bootleg movies, fish tales and kite flying, baseball and lasagna, by the bestselling author of Peace Like a River.

Read Virgil Wander, then meet the author, Leif Enger, for the grand finale of this year’s events. Time for Q&A. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

In its eleventh year, Plymouth READS seeks to spark conversation, build community and foster learning and discovery in Plymouth by rallying readers around a single book.

Copies of Virgil Wander are available at the Plymouth Library, 15700 36th Ave N.

Plymouth READS community events:

Throughout March and April, Plymouth READS will host events that follow themes within the book. Some events require registration, follow the links below, or call 612-543-5825.

Plymouth READS: Color the Sky!
Saturday, March 7, 2020
10:00AM – 12:00PM
Plymouth Library
Drop in event for ages 3 – 7 with a caregiver. Color a paper kite and help decorate the library for spring! Materials provided.

Plymouth READS: Build a Kite
Saturday, March 14, 2020
1:00PM – 3:00PM
Plymouth Library
Grades 3 – 8, with a caregiver. Build a Hornbeam Mark-1 Sled Kite with Dave Herzig, “The Kite Man.”  Choose patterns, colors, and tails, then take your kite for a test flight. Materials provided.      REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Plymouth READS: Reconnecting in a Disconnected World with Dr. Cheryl Bemel
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Postponed
7:00PM – 8:00PM
Plymouth Library
You’ve seen her on local TV news, offering advice on such weighty topics as bullying, depression, and cell phone addiction. Psychologist Cheryl Bemel, PhD., will help us tackle the “epidemic of loneliness” across society, and discover ways to re-engage. Time for Q & A.     

Plymouth READS: Stories and Songs with Elisa Korenne
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Postponed
7:00PM – 8:00PM
Plymouth Library
Elisa Korenne writes songs about oddballs in history. When those songs led her to move from New York City to rural Minnesota, she became the oddball, detailed in her fish-out-of-water memoir Hundred Miles to Nowhere. Sharing her songs, the stories behind them, and her own humbling journey as a newcomer, Elisa explains how differences can create connection. Books and CD’s for sale and signing. 

Plymouth READS: Movie Matinee: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Saturday, April 4, 2020 Postponed
1:00PM – 3:00PM
NOTE: This event held at Plymouth Creek Center
In “Virgil Wander” the run down movie house is reborn to host community showings of classic cinema such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Join us for a viewing of this 1969 film starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman.   REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Plymouth READS: Book Discussion
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Postponed
7:00PM – 8:00PM
Plymouth Library
Join community members for a moderated discussion of the Plymouth READS 2020 book selection Virgil Wander, by Leif Enger.

Plymouth READS: Meet Leif Enger
Thursday, April 16, 2020 Postponed
7:00PM – 8:30PM
NOTE: This grand finale event held at Plymouth Creek Center
Read the 2020 Plymouth READS book selection, Virgil Wander by Leif Enger, then meet the author for the grand finale of this year’s events. Time for Q&A. Books will be available for purchase and signing.   All are welcome! No need for registration.

Display at Plymouth Library:

From March thru mid-April, Plymouth Library will feature a wondrous display of colorful kites, courtesy of the Minnesota Kite Society.

Plymouth READS is sponsored by The Friends of the Plymouth Library, the City of Plymouth and the Plymouth Arts Council.

For more information, go to PlymouthREADS.org or follow Plymouth READS on Facebook.