Pulitzer Prize finalist Elizabeth Rush discusses new climate change book – Twin Cities

TOM RADEMACHER: Kicks off this season’s Fireside Readings series with “Raising Ollie: How My Nonbinary Art-Nerd Kid Changed (Nearly) Everything I Know.” Presented by Friends of St. Paul Public Library via Zoom. Free, registration required. Information and registration: thefriends.org.

WRITER READINGS: The monthly series welcomes readers Lee Colin Thomas, Carolyn Holbrook, Margaret Haase and Melissa Cundieff. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 18, University Club, 420 Summit Ave., St. Paul.

RIAN RODGERS: The Minnesota author talks about his new book ‘Winter’s Children: A Celebration of Nordic Skiing,’ which traces the sport we call cross-country skiing in the Midwest from its introduction in the late 1800s to its uncertain future in today’s changing climate. Lots of text and illustrations, including photos of those who made the sport popular. In person. 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, The Loppet Foundation, The Trailhead, 1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway, Mpls. Register at: z.umn.edu/loppet. Open to the public but limited capacity.

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Pulitzer Prize finalist Elizabeth Rush talks about her book on climate change, “Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore,” at the Blake School. (Courtesy picture)

ELIZABETH RUSH: The Pulitzer Prize finalist talks about her book on climate change, ‘Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore’, in a conversation with journalist Tom Weber about empathy, vulnerability and his poetic approach to reporting. Presented by her publisher, Milkweed Editions, in partnership with Climate Generation, the Minnesota Humanities Commission and The Blake School, where she will be in residence as Phillips Otis Environmental author. Rush teaches documentary writing at Brown University and has taught at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. As an Antarctic artist and writer, she spent over 50 days in 2019 with an Antarctic team of US and UK scientists. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, Northrop Blake Campus, 511 Kenwood Pkwy., Mpls. The evening includes a climate art exhibit and tabletop exhibits beginning at 6 p.m. Register at: milkweed.org/events. This event will also be broadcast live; select the online option during registration to receive the necessary link.

THRITY UMRIGAR: Features her novel “Honor”, about an American-raised Indian woman who swore never to return to her homeland but does and forms a bond with a Hindu woman who is married to a Muslim. There are tragic consequences. In Conversation with Rebecca Makkai, presented by Magers & Quinn in partnership with Left Bank Books and Anderson’s Bookshop. 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18. Free, streamed live. Information: magersandquinn.com/events.

WHAT ELSE HAPPENS

Small free library, which began in Hudson, Wisconsin in 2009 with a small structure built by the late Todd Bowl, unveiled a new logo and branding to reflect its evolution over more than a decade of book sharing. There are over 138,000 Little Free Library book sharing boxes of all shapes and sizes in 112 countries and on all seven continents. The LFL movement recently hit a major milestone, with around £250m shared. The new logo represents LFL’s inventive structures, a bookmark in the roof connects LFL to its literary purpose, and the roof is an upward arrow that promotes positive results that will continue for years to come. To see an animated video that tells the story behind the logo transformation, youtube.com/watch?v=vJ0rYwct1Mg.

I don’t know how we missed this in our quest for future books, but we’re thrilled that by Kent Kruger 19th Cork O’Connor mystery, “Fox Creek,” will be released by Atria on August 23. Cork’s friend, Henry Meloux, a former Ojibwa healer, has a vision of his death and walks alone in the woods. But her peace is shattered by hunters looking for a woman who had come to ask the healer for help. Meloux guides this stranger and his little niece, O’Connor’s wife, safely through the boundary waters on the last trip he might make to his beloved north. Meanwhile, Cork struggles to identify the hunters and the reason for their relentless pursuit, but his quest is tested by nightfall and a late season snowstorm. Travel safe, Cork and Henry.

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