The Dance Boots
One Book, One Community

Join us in reading The Dance Boots by Linda LeGarde Grover, this year’s One Book, One Community selection.  This collection of short stories portrays an Ojibwe community struggling to follow traditional ways of life in the face of a relentlessly changing world.  A cycle of boarding schools, alcoholism, and violence haunts the stories even as the characters find beauty and solace in their large extended families.  

Linda LeGarde Grover

For the first time, in addition to the Virginia, Duluth, and Cloquet public libraries, the Superior and Two Harbors public libraries are participating, as well.  As a result, there are many more programs than in the past.

The featured One Book, One Community event will be held at the Fitger’s Brewery Complex on Tuesday, April 14, at 7:00.  The evening will feature the Oshkii Giizhik singers and a talk by Linda Grover.

There will be three events in Virginia.  The first is on Monday, March 23.  The Oprah Book Club will meet at Gethsemane Lutheran Church at 4:30 to discuss the book.  Non-members are welcome to attend.  

The second event in Virginia will be at the library.  Linda Grover will be here on Thursday, April 16, at noon.  She will talk about her book, sharing the background for the stories, characters, and settings.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase and autographing.

Murder of Joe White

The final event in Virginia features Erik Redix, who will be at the library the following week, on April 23, at noon, as part of the overall One Book, One Community series of events.  His book, The Murder of Joe White:  Ojibwe Leadership and Colonialism in Wisconsin, examines the events surrounding the attempted arrest and subsequent murder of Ojibwe chief Joe White by Wisconsin game wardens in 1894.  

For more information, as well as a complete schedule of events at all of the participating venues, click here.  Event brochures are also available at the library.  For more information, contact us at 748-7525.

This program is supported in part by the Friends of the Virginia Public Library.  
A complete list of supporters can be found on the One Book, One Community brochure.