Joel Arnold will be speaking about his historical novel Ox Cart Angel which recently won a Midwest Book Award and has been featured in the Rochester Post-Bulletin and Plains Magazine. It takes place in 1862 along the ox-cart/Red River trails of Minnesota and North Dakota. He will feature some discussion of the Ox Cart trails as well as audience questions. Audience members will be able to purchase the book at the event.
A little about ‘Ox Cart Angel': Claire Dumont and her father set out on a journey from the Dakota Territory, hoping to catch up to the large caravan of Métis fur traders that left the day before. Their destination? The bustling city of St. Paul, where Papa wishes to open a photography studio. But with only Bone Bag, their one-horned ox, to pull their squeaky cart, they soon realize they just might have to make their treacherous journey alone. Braving bad weather, packs of wolves, dangerous river crossings, starvation and exhaustion, Claire and her father try their best to survive the deeply rutted ox cart trails.