Sixty-five years ago, on June 25, 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea, initiating the Korean War. The U.S. and sixteen other nations joined forces to repel the invaders. About three weeks later, in July 1950, a young captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps was captured on the front lines and held in brutal prison … More Catherine Madison: From the front lines of a Korean War prison camp, 65 years ago.
Minneapolis couple Jack Baker and Michael McConnell were profiled on the front page of today’s Sunday New York Times as the first same-sex couple known to apply for a marriage license, in 1970. Read their fascinating story here. The University of Minnesota Press will publish their memoir in January 2016. MINNEAPOLIS — Long before the fight … More NYT: The Same-Sex Couple Who Got a Marriage License in 1971
Bruce H. Kramer, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2010, speaks withCathy Wurzer about the power of reaching out in a still from this video. Bruce H. Kramer, a former dean at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) in December 2010. Roughly four years and … More Bruce H. Kramer on finding a place of balance and harmony while living with the "dis ease" of ALS.
Tettegouche State Park in Minnesota on the North Shore of Lake Superior; photo taken from Palisade Head (foreground) looking NE to Shovel Point (midground) and Sawtooth Mountains (distant background). BY KAREN BABINEAssistant professor of English at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota When I lived in eastern Washington, I learned the place was called the Inland … More Minnesota: Midwest or North? Karen Babine on why how we talk about place matters.
Writer Michael Fedo, whose essays and stories have been deeply inspired by his roots, grew up in this Duluth home. BY MICHAEL FEDOMinnesota writer and author For all the notoriety surrounding Thomas Wolfe’s 1940 posthumous novel You Can’t Go Home Again, the title had it wrong. We can go home again. And in truth, we … More As it turns out, you can go home again.
The second annual Dyke March goes international on June 25, 1994. More photos in the Lesbian Avengers image archive. BY KELLY COGSWELLIndependent journalist and blogger I didn’t mean to write a memoir. I’d been documenting the Lesbian Avengers for a couple of years already, and thought I’d pitch a popular history, just get the facts … More Notes from a reluctant memoirist.
It is no easy task to pick particular recommendations among the books you work with. We think all of the books that we have published this year are pretty fantastic. These stood out to us in different ways and for different reasons. We present them here as our first Staff Book Picks of the Year. … More 2013 Staff Book Picks, Part 1
As the month of November winds down, author Kate Hopper reflects on the stories behind the numbers relating to Prematurity Awareness Month. This post first appeared on her blog. ——- November is Prematurity Awareness Month. According to the March of Dimes, 1 in 9 babies is born prematurely in the United States every year. Worldwide, … More Reflections on Prematurity Awareness Month
Kate Hopper is author of Ready for Air: A Journey through Premature Motherhood. During the month of October, she is participating in a blog tour and running a contest in which entrants have the opportunity to have Kate visit their book club in person (locally) or via Skype. Enter here. ——- What inspired you to … More Breaking down motherhood myths: A Q&A with Kate Hopper
An excerpt from The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King. ——- What remains distressing is that much of what passes for public and political discourse on the future of Native people is a discourse of anger, anger that Native people are still here and still a “problem” for White North America, anger that we have something … More What do Indians want? An excerpt from Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian.