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Dianna Hunter Clouded Waters Book Launch

October 15, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

- Free

About the event
Please join Quatrefoil Library and the L Spot Shop for a cozy morning celebration of the launch of Dianna Hunter’s latest publication—Clouded Waters—a mystery/romance novel set in what we now call the Mesabi Range in Minnesota—published by Holy Cow! Press (October 10, 2023). After reading from and discussing her novel, Dianna (she/her) will be joined by local author, scholar, and long-time friend—Dr. Christine A. Jenkins (she/her) for a short talk on the compelling history of mysteries with lesbian protagonists. Come for the reading, and stay for the mingle! Peace Coffee, Baker’s Wife donuts, and light refreshments will be provided. All of Dianna’s books will be available for purchase and signing.

Event Venue
Quatrefoil Library
1220 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Call us with any questions: 612-729-2543
By car: parking available on street and in parking lot located behind the library (park in any open spot).
By bus: Metro Transit Route 21

About the book
Clouded Waters is a mash-up of whodunit, Sapphic romance, and dispatches from the Anthropocene. Susan B. Ellingson (SB to those who know her) publishes a struggling newspaper with the help of her best friend and a part-time staff. Near the mining town of Iron, Minnesota, waters split along a three-way divide, carrying minerals and contaminants to Hudson Bay, the Great Lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico. When a corporation seeks a permit to dig for copper and nickel and store potentially harmful mining waste nearby, locals divide into pro-mining and clean water camps. SB commits to covering the story, even as she wrestles with political, financial, and family stresses. Her mother-in-law leads a group of Ojibwe and Métis grandmothers fighting to protect the water. Her dead wife lingers in spirit. Their children have grown and left home, and her Labrador provides sweet but insufficient company. When an intriguing new woman comes to town, SB doesn’t want to trust her intuitions. After a fiery environmentalist informs her that a local water scientist has gone missing, she follows a trail of evidence from a tiny, off-grid community into a global tangle of lies, corruption, whistleblowing, and danger.

[Dianna] Hunter’s debut novel weaves mystery, romance, and social justice into a beautifully written page-turner. Recommend to fans of Annie Proulx.
—Lindsay Harmon for the American Library Association’s Booklist

About the author
Dianna Hunter is a Minnesota writer, educator, urban grower, and forager. Clouded Waters is Dianna’s first novel. Dianna’s memoir, Wild Mares: My Lesbian Back-to-the-Land Life (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), and nonfiction Breaking Hard Ground: Stories of the Minnesota Farm Advocates (Holy Cow! Press, 1996), were finalists for the Minnesota Book Award. After coming out, she contributed to the early Minneapolis lesbian journal So’s Your Old Lady, and lived with other lesbians on farms in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She later ran her own dairy farm and worked as a farmers’ advocate before earning an MA in English (Creative Writing) from Iowa State University. She directed programs in writing and gender equity, as well as teaching writing and women’s and gender studies at four universities, including the University of Minnesota Duluth and the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She has published, read, and performed short stories, poetry, journalism, and creative nonfiction in regional and national venues such as Feminist Collections, Hurricane Alice, Peregrine, Earth Matters, the Rural Women’s Studies Association blog, and In These Times Rural America blog.

Details

Date:
October 15, 2023
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Website:
https://qlibrary.org/event/dianna-hunter-clouded-waters/

Details

Date:
October 15, 2023
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Categories:
, ,
Event Tags:
,
Website:
https://qlibrary.org/event/dianna-hunter-clouded-waters/