New Rivers Press 45th Anniversary
Various events Wed., Thurs., Fri.
New Rivers Press (NRP) has been going strong for 45 years, and this will be the week to celebrate new authors, volunteer staff, MSUM faculty, student interns, and everyone else that made it all possible.
Tomorrow at 4:30 p.m., two of NRP’s recently-published authors will be providing a reading and a Q & A session at the Comstock Memorial Union at MSUM. David Haynes, two-time winner of the Minnesota Voices Project, will be reading from his seventh novel, A Star in the Face of the Sky. Bradford Tice—dubbed “our contemporary Virgil” by award-winning poet Marilyn Kallet—will be reading from his acclaimed book of poetry, Rare Earth.
But this will be a mere preview for the 45th Birthday Bash and Book Launch Thursday at the Rourke Museum. When the doors open at 6:45 p.m., patrons will be serenaded by Karl Bakkum and his acoustic guitar. Six recently published authors will be reading from their novels and poetry. Later in the evening, all those present will be treated to refreshments and the mellow tunes of Cat Sank Trio.
The featured poets will be Madelyne Camrud of North Dakota, author of Oddly Beautiful; Kathryn Levy of New York and her second collection of poetry, Reports; and Bradford Tice of Nebraska, again reading from Rare Earth. Featured authors will be Sian Griffiths of Utah, first-time author of Borrowed Horses; David Haynes of Texas, again reading from A Star in the Face of the Sky; and Joe Stracci of Connecticut, author of Whitney.
If you attend this event and enjoy the work of Madelyne Camrud in particular, you’re in luck: on Friday she will be making another appearance, this time at the Eventide Senior Living Communities in Moorhead for a reading of Oddly Beautiful, a collection of poetry about her husband’s struggle with Alzheimer’s. There will be a reading at 1 p.m. and then another at 7 p.m.
As a tribute to the graphic design students who have designed book covers for NRP, an exhibition will be featured in two locations at MSUM—the Faculty Development Center and the second floor of the Livingston Lord Library—from now until December 13. In addition to displaying their portfolio projects, this display will detail the history behind them and the process that goes into book design. This will all be free and open to the public.