If you’re a fan of the movie Fargo, you will remember that Marge’s husband, Norm, was into competitive duck painting. He lost to one of the real-life Hautman brothers. Find out more about this hobby/sport/obsession ….
by Martin J. Smith
“Wild Duck Chase takes readers into the peculiar world of competitive duck painting as it played out during the 2010 Federal Duck Stamp Contest – the only juried art competition run by the U.S. government. Since 1934, the duck stamp, which is bought annually by hunters to certify their hunting license, has generated more than $750 million, and 98 cents of each collected dollar has been used to help purchase or lease 5.3 million acres of waterfowl habitat in the U.S. -the core of the National Wildlife Refuge System. As Martin Smith chronicles in his revealing narrative, within the microcosm of the duck stamp contest are intense ideological and cultural clashes between the mostly rural hunters who buy the stamps and the mostly suburban and urban birders and conservationists who decry the hunting of waterfowl. At issue is preserving the habitat of ducks and other waterfowl for all to enjoy: if the number of hunters continues to decrease – and unless nature lovers support the duck stamp program – this landmark conservation effort faces possible extinction. The competition also fuels dynamic tensions between competitors and judges, and among the invariably ambitious, sometimes obsessive, and often eccentric artists- including Minnesota’s three fabled Hautman brothers, the “New York Yankees” of competitive duck painting. Martin Smith takes readers down an arcane and uniquely American rabbit hole into a wonderland of talent, ego, art, controversy, scandal, big money, and migratory waterfowl.”
The IPPY Awards, launched in 1996, are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers. Regional IPPY awards were launched in 2006. The winning books reflect their various regions and are judged solely against other books from the same region.
The 2013 winner in the “Great Lakes – Best Regional Fiction” category is a sequel to the book, Nazareth, North Dakota. Author Tommy Zurhellen visited our campus in the fall of 2011 as part of the BSC Visiting Writers Series.
2013 Regional IPPY Award – Great Lakes – Best Regional Fiction
Gold: Apostle Islands: A Novel, by Tommy Zurhellen (Atticus Books)
Silver: Giddyap Tin Lizzie, by Harold William Thorpe (Little Creek Press)
Bronze: Souviens, by Barbara Darling Saxena (2 Moon Press)
Apostle Island is a “continuing roman a clef about the Midwestern man, Sam Davidson. After 40 days spent in the Badlands of North Dakota, Sam takes off with his biking buddies and gang of followers heading for the Great Lakes. And, wouldn’t you know it, he winds up a friend to a group of fisherman on the shores of Lake Superior.”
Check them both out at the BSC Library!
The BSC Library will observe these hours during the Memorial Day weekend:
- Saturday, May 25 — CLOSED
- Sunday, May 26 — CLOSED
- Monday, May 27 — CLOSED
Our regular summer hours (7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday) will resume on Tuesday, May 28.
Even when we are closed, the Library’s ODIN catalog and databases are available 24/7.
We will observe Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service, on Monday, May 27. In that spirit, we recommend reading this account of war and homecoming.
“Brian Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them as the commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Iraq. Days and nights he and his team — his brothers — would venture forth in heavily armed convoys from their Forward Operating Base to engage in the nerve-racking yet strangely exhilarating work of either disarming the deadly improvised explosive devices that had been discovered, or picking up the pieces when the alert came too late. They relied on an army of remote-controlled cameras and robots, but if that technology failed, a technician would have to don the eighty-pound Kevlar suit, take the Long Walk up to the bomb, and disarm it by hand. This lethal game of cat and mouse was, and continues to be, the real war within America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But The Long Walk is not just about battle itself. It is also an unflinching portrayal of the toll war exacts on the men and women who are fighting it. When Castner returned home to his wife and family, he began a struggle with a no less insidious foe, an unshakable feeling of fear and confusion and survivor’s guilt that he terms The Crazy. His thrilling, heartbreaking, stunningly honest book immerses the reader in two harrowing and simultaneous realities: the terror and excitement and camaraderie of combat, and the lonely battle against the enemy within — the haunting memories that will not fade, the survival instincts that will not switch off. After enduring what he has endured, can there ever again be such a thing as “normal”? The Long Walk will hook you from the very first sentence, and it will stay with you long after its final gripping page has been turned.”
Whether you’re interested in classic literary works or cookbooks, you can find books on the web that are free and legal downloads, compatible with a variety of devices.
Here are a few sites to explore:
eBooks @ Adelaide
International Children’s Digital Library
The BSC Library also offers a variety of ebooks to students, faculty, and staff.
Check them out!
You see them everywhere, but do you know what they are and why you might be interested in scanning them?
This article, “QR Codes Explained: Why You See Those Square Barcodes Everywhere” sums it up.
Library Hours, May 11 – August 9
- Monday-Friday — 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Saturday — Closed
- Sunday — Closed
Library Hours, August 10 – August 25
- Monday-Thursday — 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Friday — 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Saturday — Closed
- Sunday — Closed
Regular, academic year hours will resume on Monday, August 26.
Access to the ODIN catalog and the BSC Library’s databases available 24/7.