Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1996. She is the author of "News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist," winner of a Minnesota Book Award.

Wish Frederick Manfred a happy birthday one more time

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel under Author events, Book news, Local authors Updated: September 19, 2012 - 1:01 PM

 

Frederick Manfred

Frederick Manfred

 

It's been Frederick Manfred's 100th birthday all year, with celebrations in his adopted, beloved southwestern corner of the state -- in Luverne, Minn., and at Blue Mounds State Park. And now the bittersweet celebration -- bittersweet because Manfred, of course, died in 1994 -- moves to Minneapolis.

His life and work will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Elmer Andersen Library with readings and tributes by fellow writers and friends.Robert Bly, James Lenfestey,Peter Campion,Carol Connolly, Bly Pope, and others will read and speak. A short film about Manfred and clips from a second film will be shown.

Frederick Manfred was the author of "Lord Grizzly" and 26 other books. Born in Iowa, he moved to Minnesota and set most of his books in the mythical "Siouxland."

The October event is sponsored by the Loft Literary Center and Friends of the Libraries. "Following the program," the press release states, "a reception will be held including his favorite treat, ice cream, just as he would have wanted it."

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