New Books by North Dakota Authors at BSC Library

Check out these new books by Larry Watson, a North Dakota native and BSC alum, and Larry Woiwode, North Dakota’s Poet Laureate.

American Boy by Larry Watson was published by Milkweed Press. The story begins in 1962 in Willow Falls, Minnesota, with a teenage narrator, Matthew Garth. In the October 1, 2011 issue of Library Journal, reviewer Donna Bettencourt said, “With his graceful writing style, well-drawn characters, and subtly moving plot, Watson masterfully portrays the dark side of small-town America. Highly readable and enthusiastically recommended.” The book also received a starred review in Booklist (Oct. 15, 2011) by Bill Ott, who called it a “…powerful coming-of-age story about a teenage boy being shocked into maturity by a moment of sudden and unexpected violence.”

North Dakota’s Poet Laureate Larry Woiwode has a new book that children of all ages will enjoy. The Invention of Lefse: a Christmas Story is a story about a Norwegian farm girl, Mette Iversdatter, and making the best of what you have.  It will warm your heart!  Woiwode also released a collection of essays in June entitled Words Made Fresh: Essays on Literature and Culture.  G. W. Hawkes, Professor of English and co-director of Creative Writing at Lycoming College, said, “This is a book for writers and readers, for those uncertain and certain of God. Woiwode’s examination of literature is so masterful that one can’t help but weigh his prose hand in hand with the art he admires, and I will not be surprised if you should find his sentences richer. I’ve been a student of Woiwode’s work for thirty years and am not yet done—this stunning collection of thought and prose has made me think and dream as I haven’t in years.”  Woiwode was also recently named the High Plains Book Awards 2011 Emeritus Award Winner and was recognized “for his significant body of work that has made a lasting contribution to the literature and understanding of life on the High Plains.”   

Good reading!


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