EventsPlymouth READS Main Event: Author William Kent Krueger

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Plymouth READS Main Event: Author William Kent Krueger

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM


Join Plymouth Library for online Plymouth READS events this March and April, centered around the book "This Tender Land" by William Kent Krueger.

"This Tender Land" is an action-packed, engaging tale. In the midst of the Great Depression, the Lincoln Indian Training School, in southwest Minnesota, is a pitiless place where American Indian children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be assimilated. It is also home to harmonica-playing Odie O’Banion, a lively orphan whose exploits constantly earn him the superintendent’s wrath. After a particularly harrowing incident, Odie, his brother and two others steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi in search of a place to call home. These orphan vagabonds journey into the unknown, crossing paths with desperate farmers, traveling faith healers, and hard-luck families displaced across the great American landscape.

Read the 2021 Plymouth READS book selection, "This Tender Land" by William Kent Krueger, then meet the author online for the grand finale of this year's events. Time for Q&A. Sponsors: Friends of the Plymouth Library, City of Plymouth, Plymouth Arts Council, Plymouth Lions Club.

The link to the live online event will be emailed to registrants in advance.

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In its 12th year, Plymouth READS seeks to spark conversation, build community, and foster learning and discovery in Plymouth by rallying readers around a single book. Copies of "This Tender Land" are available at Plymouth Library, 15700 36th Ave N.

Related events take place throughout March and April, exploring the themes of the book and bringing community members together. All events take place online through the library website.

• Plymouth READS: Linda LeGarde Grover – Thursday, March 4, 7 p.m. Register online:

Linda LeGarde Grover, Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota - Duluth, and a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe, will give a presentation on her research into Native American boarding schools, and the interplay with her novels and stories.

• Plymouth READS: Campfire Play and Sing-A-Long – Tuesday, March 16, 7 p.m. Register online:

World premiere of a music video based on songs from "This Tender Land." Sing or play along on harmonica or instrument of your choice.

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Books, Poetry, Authors, Writing

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