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Award-winning author Linda LeGarde Grover to read in Cloquet

Linda LeGarde Grover is associate professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a member of the Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. She is the co-author of "A Childhood in Minnesota: Exploring the Lives of Ojibwe and Immigrant Families, 1880-1920" and author of the poetry chapbook "The Indian at Indian School."

Duluth author Linda LeGarde Grover will be the guest speaker at Cloquet Public Library at noon Monday, May 14. Grover was recently awarded the 2011 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, presented by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's studies at the University of Rochester in New York. The annual award was given for Grover's debut short story collection, The Dance Boots.

Grover is associate professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a member of the Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. She is the co-author of "A Childhood in Minnesota: Exploring the Lives of Ojibwe and Immigrant Families, 1880-1920" and author of the poetry chapbook "The Indian at Indian School." She also writes a monthly column for the Budgeteer News in Duluth.

Grover was awarded the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction in 2009. "The Dance Boots" is a collection of eight inter-related stories reflecting the Native American experience. In a recent interview, she described how her aunt, a traditional Ojibwe dancer, gave her dance boots to her in the hope that she would continue the tradition.

"I am honored to wear her boots," she said.

The library program will include the author reading selections from "The Dance Boots," followed by a question-and-answer discussion.

Admission to the event is free thanks to sponsorship by the Arrowhead Library System and funding by money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For further information, see the library's events blog at: http://cloquetlibrary.blogspot.com, or call 879-1531.

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