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Anishinaabe Poet and Author Gerald Vizenor in Mahnomen May 10-11!


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Poet and Author Gerald Vizenor


Anishinaabe poet and author Gerald Vizenor will visit the community of Mahnomen through an artist-in-residence program on Monday, May 10 and Tuesday, May 11! All events are FREE of charge to those that attend.

Gerald will speak about the changes in historical references to Native Americans, and about the rich development of Native American literature, fiction and poetry, and especially innovate native authors.

Gerald will be honored at a spring feast at the White Earth Tribal and Community College from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, May 10. He will visit the college library where he’s donated a multitude of his writings as inspiration to the students. He will give a presentation to the Multicultural Studies students along with a section of College Writing students. This event is FREE and open to all in the community.

Join Mr. Vizenor at Shooting Star Casino Hotel and Entertainment for a FREE book talk on Tuesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. Mr. Vizenor will be introduced by Erma Vizenor.

Mr. Vizenor will also speak to several high school classes about his life history and inspiration for writing during his residence in Mahnomen. Be sure to join us for this event!

Familiarize  yourself with several of Mr. Vizenor’s works before his visit:

Native Storiers: Five Selections

Native Liberty: Natural Reason and Cultural Survivance

Bear Island: The War at Sugar Point

The People Named the Chippewa: Narrative Histories

Almost Ashore, poems

Mr. Vizenor’s artisit-in-residence is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and made possible through an “Authors in Communities” grant from the Minnesota Humanities Center. This event is supported in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF). Shooting Star Casino Hotel and Entertainment generously provided the space for the FREE public event on Tuesday, May 11.

For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact Janelle Brandon, LARL Public Information/Marketing Director at 218-233-3757 x128.

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Free Concerts! Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard: The Golden Age of Radio May 13-15

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Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard share their interpretations of classic standards of the 30s and 40s in voice and piano, interspersed with period photos and memories of the era from Minnesotans of all stripes!

Thursday, May 13 at 7 p.m.-Christiansen Recital Hall-Concordia College, Moorhead

Friday, May 14 at 7 p.m.-Kiehle Auditorium U of M, Crookston

Saturday, May 15 at 7 p.m.-Breckenridge High School

Prudence Johnson’s career has taken her from honky-tonks to Carnegie Hall, from the theater stage to the silver screen, from the Midwest to the Middle East. She is a regular guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, broadcast on National Public Radio stations across the country, and appears as on of the “regulars: in Robert Altman’s 2006 movie A Prairie Home Companion.

Pianist, accordionist and occasional storyteller Dan Chouinard is a Minneapolis native who plays, tours and records regularly with an ever-expanding roster if musicians and writers. He also works occasionally on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and served as rehearsal accompanist to Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin and Lindsay Lohan on the set of the Robert Altman A Prairie Home Companion movie.

Programming is supported in part with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.

Free Nirmala Rajasekar Concerts May 15-21!

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Nirmala Rajasekar is one of the most recognized performers in the world of South Indian Classical (Carnatic) music. She began her training in this art form at age 6 and debuted as a solo performer at age 13 in Bangalore, India. She is a disciple of veteran veena Guru octogenarian Prof. Swaminathan and has had vocal mentoring under Prof.Sitarama Sarma and Prof. T. R Subramaniam.

Since then for three decades now she has become one of its best practitioners taking the music of her veena to many parts of the world with utmost dedication, passion and a deep love for the art. Nirmala’s music is marked by a repertoire which reflects her adherence to rich patanthra (lineage and heritage) of her Gurus. As a fine vocalist Nirmala has performed concerts and has been featured as the lead soloist in many musical productions. She has also showcased the two thousand year old tradition of Carnatic music and performed in collaborative setting playing and singing alongside other forms of music including western classical music and jazz. Nirmala teaches at the ‘Naadha Rasa Center for Music’ and is its artistic director. She serves as an educator on many National and State teaching rosters in the country and abroad.

Ms. Rajasekar is the first Indian classical musician to receive the Bush Artistic Fellowship.

This week, Nirmala received a $25,000 McKnight Artistic Fellowship from the MacPhail Center for Music.

Join us for a FREE concert in your area!

May 15 at 7:30 p.m.-Fosston Library Theatre

May 16 at 2 p.m.-Gonvick Community Center (Gonvick LINK Site)

May 17 at 7:30 p.m.-Fertile Library

May 18 at 7 p.m.-Ada Library

May 19 at 10 a.m.-Twin Valley Senior Center (Twin Valley LINK Site)

May 19 at 1 p.m.-Ulen Senior Center (Ulen LINK Site)

May 20 at 7:30 p.m.-Historic Holmes Theatre Detroit Lakes

May 21 at 7 p.m.-Moorhead Library

For more information about Nirmala, please visit http://www.nirmalarajasekar.com/.

Programming is supported in part with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.

Author and Musician Douglas Wood Giving 3 FREE Concerts May 8!

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Author and Musician Douglas Wood

Author and musician Douglas Wood will give three FREE concerts on Saturday, May 8. His performance schedule is as follows:

Mahnomen Library-10:30 a.m.

Ada Library-1:30 p.m.

Cormorant Community Center-7:30 p.m.

Douglas Wood has been called Minnesota’s “renaissance man” — author, artist, musician, naturalist, wilderness guide. As a writer of books for children and adults he has almost two million copies in print, including the classics “Old Turtle” and “Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth.” Among his many honors and awards have been the Christopher Medal, ABBY Award, International Reading Association Book of the Year, Minnesota Book Award, Midwest Publishers Association Book of the Year, Parent’s Choice Award, Barnes and Noble Star of the North, and Story Telling World Award.

This program is supported in part by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF).

Welcome to the new larl.org!

Welcome to the new www.larl.org! We have been working on updating the way in which we communicate with LARL customers and the public for the past year. We will be continually improving and adding content to this site. We will have several promotions to officially launch the new www.larl.org later this spring so check back often for exciting opportunities to interact with this site!

If you have any suggestions for improvement, please direct them to the Webmaster.

Lise Lunge-Larsen: Storyteller & Dragonslayer at Moorhead Library February 2!

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Born and raised in Norway, Lise Lunge-Larsen came to the US on a scholarship to attend college. She planned to return to Norway but fell in love, married and remained in the US where, in addition to teaching at the college level, she has become a well-known storyteller and award-winning author. She and her husband have three children and live in Duluth, MN where she is known as “The Troll Lady.”

Lunge-Larsen is the author of “The Hidden Folk: Stories of Fairies, Dwarves, Selkies, and Other Secret Beings” and “The Troll with No Heart in His Body.” Programming is supported in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Truth in Historical Fiction Program March 29 in Moorhead with Author William Durbin!

william durbin 150x150 The Truth in Historical Fiction Program March 29 in Moorhead with Author William Durbin! Author William Durbin will share the craft of writing historical fiction at the Moorhead Library on Monday, March 29 at 7 p.m. He will share how to use people and events from your personal and community history as the basis for writing creative fiction. Durbin will share a collection of archival photos and discuss how he wrote and researched his novels, most of which are set in the Midwest and deal with familiar subjects such as immigration, homesteading, logging, mining, the Great Depression, and war.



The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF), which provided support for this program, was created by Minnesotans who approved a constitutional amendment in November 2008 which increased the state sales tax to support Minnesota’s arts history and cultural heritage.

For more information on this and other programs, please call 233-7594 or visit your library at 118 S. 5th St. Information is also available online at www.larl.org. Moorhead Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.