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Monday discussion in Grand Forks will focus on ‘Dakota’ memoir and its author

The author behind the New York Times bestseller “Dakota: A Spiritual Geography,” will be visiting Grand Forks on Monday to help celebrate the 125th anniversary of the state.

Award-winning poet, writer and author Kathleen Norris, who will hold a book discussion at 7 p.m. at the Fire Hall Theatre, was chosen to present for an event called One Book, which is supported by humanities councils in North and South Dakota.

One Book is a program started by the South Dakota council that encourages everyone in the state to read and discuss the same novel or memoir throughout the year.

Norris, who lived and wrote about Lemmon, S.D., in her book, was a clear choice, said Brenna Gerhardt, executive director of the North Dakota Humanities Council. The town is located in northwestern South Dakota and borders North Dakota. Plus, Norris was celebrating the 25th anniversary of her own book, she said.

“(The book) is really all about North Dakota,” Gerhardt said. “It’s fun to look back and see how we’ve changed and how we’ve stayed the same with the oil activity and progress happening here.”

Norris has also written Times bestsellers “The Cloister Walk,” “Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith” and “The Virgin of Bennington.”  

She will be touring communities in both states as part of the One Book event and to commemorate the anniversaries of their respective statehoods. 

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson is the K-12 education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald.  Contact her if you have any story ideas or tips and visit 

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