President Obama was on a mission Saturday. After just 20 minutes, the first family left a privately-owned Washington D.C. bookstore with a stash of nearly two dozen books. Among them, three were penned by Minnesota authors: Kate DiCamillo’s “Floyd and Ulysses,” Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild” and “Heart of a Samurai” by Margi Preus. Preus, who lives in Duluth, was at a remote cabin in northern Minnesota over the weekend. She found about the famous purchase in a text message from her son. “I completely missed it!” Preus said via Skype. “It just said ‘Obama bought your book,’ and I was like ‘What?!’”
School’s out, but don’t let your child’s reading skills fall behind just because it’s summer. Attending one of the many reading events in the Minnesota area will maintain their love of reading and keep their minds sharp.
Support neighborhood small businesses in Minnesota and show your appreciation for literature at the same time.
Six metro-area specialty bookstores reveal the diversity and richness of culture in Minnesota.
Who goes to bookstores anymore? More to the point, who even reads actual books anymore? OK, let’s set aside the obligatory hand-wringing over the devaluation of the printed word and the notion that physical publishing, as a business model, is rapidly approaching the realm of sheer vanity.