As posted elsewhere on this site, Unrestorable Habitat: Microsoft is My Neighbor Now was published on March 21, 2014. The book is now available in all of the e-book formats, through http://www.foreverlandpress.com/ and at http://www.amazon.com/Unrestorable-Habitat-Microsoft-Neighbor-Now-ebook/dp/B00J5RPV62/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396535009&sr=8-1&keywords=unrestorable+habitat
Linda Hasselstrom, special consultant to RLR, and Nancy Curtis, are the keynote speakers at the Story Circle Conference in Texas. If you have not heard about this event yet, Stories from the Heart VII (this is the 7th annual conference) “will bring women from around the country to celebrate our stories and our lives. Through writing, reading, listening, and sharing, we will discover how personal narrative is a healing art, how we can gather our memories, how we can tell our stories. We welcome readers, writers, storytellers, and any woman with a past, present, and future. There will be opportunities to explore difficult or hidden issues, expand our relationships with other women, and discover different modes and media—such as art, dance, and drama—for sharing our stories. Come, learn, share, celebrate with us as we honor our stories!”
Jesse Longhurst, advisory board member, recently presented at AERA. An outgrowth of her work with Rural Lit RALLY on creating curriculum for teaching rural literature, her topic was “Using Local, Rural Literature to Interrogate Rural Stereotypes: Counteracting the Essentialization, Marginalization, and Pathologization of Rurality.” The paper surveys the literature on stereotypes of rural people and provides a theoretical argument for the language arts classroom a site of resistance to those stereotypes. The themes emerging from this analysis fall into two categories, positive stereotypes and essentializations that position rural people as patriotic, simple, hardworking, honest, religious, concerned with family values and locked in a nostalgic past. The second category (negative stereotypes) included portrayals of rural people as uneducated, unintelligent, backward, racist and sexually deviant and violent. One site for dismantling such stereotypes is the language arts classroom. This paper offers suggestions for incorporating local, regional and rural literature into the language arts curriculum as counterforce against these stereotypes.
Mark Munger, advisory board member, will be moderating an interview/discussion on 4/15/2014 at the Cloquet public library featuring award winning Canadian writer, Steven Galloway, author of The Cellist of Sarajevo. The Duluth, Cloquet, and Virginia, Minnesota public libraries have all selected The Cellist of Sarajevo as their book for One Community, One Book events in April. Steven and Mark will talk about writing, about Steven’s book, and also take questions from the audience. If you are in the area, the event is free and open to the public and begins at noon. Folks are encouraged to bring a bag lunch, but dessert will be provided.
The second book in Paul Corey’s Mantz Trilogy, Road Returns, is back in our hands for editing, and we anticipate publication in late May or early June, 2014. The third and last book, County Seat, will be available later this year, at which time the books may be able to be purchased as a set at a reduced price. All books will be available through Foreverland Press.