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DPL Hosts “Sweet Land” book discussion in Phelps Park July 23

Decorah Public Library is hosting a book discussion about Will Weaver’s “Sweet Land” short story collection on Wed. July 23, 6:30 pm, at Whalen Cabin in Phelps Park.
When Jul 23, 2008
from 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM
Where Whalen Cabin in Phelps Park
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Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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Decorah Public Library is hosting a book discussion about Will Weaver’s “Sweet Land” short story collection on Wed. July 23, 6:30 pm, at Whalen Cabin in Phelps Park. Copies of the book are available for check out at the front desk of the library. The discussion is open to all ages and attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and/or comfortable lawn chairs along. The chairs and picnic tables at the cabin will also be available for use. 

In “Sweet Land,” several new stories complement the author’s hand-picked favorites from the original collection “A Gravestone Made of Wheat.” Together, the stories offer a vivid portrait of intergenerational changes in the Midwest. New highlights include “Blaze of Glory,” a poignant tale of an RV road trip and a senior couple. In “Haircut,” a young boy and his beloved grandfather struggle to communicate across a great cultural divide. In the capstone story “The Last Farmer,” a high-tech farmer has a dilemma involving history, tradition, and an old house on his land. The twelve stories in “Sweet Land” all portray the yearnings of the human spirit and the continuing, sometimes wrenching transformation of America’s Midwest. 

Author Will Weaver said, “This collection came about as a tie-in to the movie ‘Sweet Land,’ [which was] based on my story ‘A Gravestone Made of Wheat.’ It was tough picking the ‘best of’ my older stories, and fun adding some brand new ones (I think ‘The Last Farmer’ is some of my strongest work). I also like the mix of seriousness and humor in this collection.” 

Weaver writes fiction for adults and young adults and has won numerous awards for his work. He was born in Northern Minnesota in 1950 and grew up on a dairy farm. His novels and short stories have earned the praises of reviewers from coast to coast for their unflinching realism. Several of his stories have been made into movies, including the award-winning independent film “Sweet Land,” which is currently available for checkout at Decorah Public Library. Formerly an English professor at Bemidji State University, Weaver currently lives in Northern Minnesota, a region he writes from and loves.  

Contact Kristin at Decorah Public Library for more information, 563-382-3717.