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WHITE BIRCH, RED HAWTHORN event at SubText Books with Nora Murphy

When May 24, 2017
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where SubText Books, 6 W 5th St., St. Paul, MN 55102
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White Birch, Red Hawthorn (Nora Murphy)Nora Murphy will be at SubText Books on Wednesday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m. for a reading and signing for her new book, White Birch, Red Hawthorn: A Memoir.


Nora Murphy tells the story of her ancestors’ maple grove that, long before the Irish arrived, was home to three Native tribes: the Dakota, Ojibwe, and Ho-Chunk. That her dispossessed ancestors’ homestead was built upon another, far more brutal dispossession is the hard truth underlying Murphy’s search for the deeper connections between this contested land and the communities who call it home.


"Nora Murphy defines her work as cultural outsider: she listens, she doesn’t try to fix anything, and she resists the urge to dominate. She has accomplished the difficult task of writing from what she has learned of people unlike herself, not about them. Harder still, she has learned to love another culture and yet understand it does not belong to her." —Heid Erdrich, author of Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories, and Recipes from the Upper Midwest

"Writing with unflinching honesty and a willingness to take responsibility for her family’s legacy, Nora Murphy explores the origins of white, European dominion in this country. She blends acute observations, poignant anecdotes, and research, providing a road map for descendants of immigrant families looking for a deeper relationship with their own culture." —Diane Wilson, Executive Co-director, Dream of Wild Health, and author of Spirit Car

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