BookTalk at BSC Continues on February 4

North Dakotans are rightfully proud of Louise Erdrich, the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of 16 novels as well as several children’s books, volumes of poetry, and a memoir of early motherhood. Erdrich grew up in Wahpeton and is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

At our next BookTalk discussion, we will be talking about Erdrich’s book, The Round House, which won the National Book Award in 2012.

Sunday, February 4, 2018 — 1 to 3 p.m.

Michael R. Tomanek, Discussion leader

LEA 204, the Library’s 2nd floor conference room

Explore the online guide for more information about the book, the author, and BookTalk 2018.


Join us … even if you haven’t read (or haven’t finished) the book. Bring a friend, too!




BookTalk at BSC 2018

BookTalk at BSC 2018 kicks off on Sunday, January 7. You are invited! Bring a friend … or two.

Explore the online guide for information about the books, the authors, and our discussion leaders; video interviews and conversations with the authors; reading recommendations; and a place to submit your own comments & feedback.

eBook of the Week

Celebrate!  April is National Poetry Month and the Theodore Roosevelt Roughrider Award will be given to North Dakota author Louise Erdrich today in Wahpeton.

Original Fire: Selected and New Poems by Louise Erdrich

Original fire

Includes selected poems from Erdrich’s two previous books of poetry, Jacklight and Baptism of Desire, and nineteen new poems.

Check it out! Beyond Library Wall Digital Collection

eBook of the Week

The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich

The unsolved murder of a farm family still haunts the white small town of Pluto, North Dakota, generations after the vengeance exacted and the distortions of fact transformed the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation …”

With the news earlier this week that North Dakota’s own Louise Erdrich won the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction, you may wish to read more books by this award-winning author.  We have them in both eBook and print formats at the BSC Library.

Check them all out!


North Dakota’s Louise Erdrich Wins National Book Award

Last night in New York City, the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction was presented to Louise Erdrich for The Round House.  Outstanding!  Erdrich grew up in North Dakota and now lives in Minnesota.  She is the author of numerous award-winning books.

 About The Round House

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked.  The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe.  In one day, Joe’s life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.  Read more …

We have this book in the BSC Library … check it out!

Other 2012 National Book Award winners were:

Read more about the awards …

National Book Award Finalists 2012

North Dakota’s own Louise Erdrich is a finalist for a 2012 National Book Award in the Fiction category!

The awards will be presented on November 14 in New York City.  Finalists include:




  • David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations
  • Cynthia Huntington, Heavenly Bodies
  • Tim Seibles, Fast Animal
  • Alan Shapiro, Night of the Republic
  • Susan Wheeler, Meme

Young People’s Literature

  • William Alexander, Goblin Secrets
  • Carrie Arcos, Out of Reach
  • Patricia McCormick, Never Fall Down
  • Eliot Schrefer, Endangered
  • Steve Sheinkin, Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon