The big year-long 100th birthday celebration of writer Frederick Manfred continues this month with a reading in Luverne, his chosen home town, by poet Robert Bly, his good, good friend. Bly will be accompanied by his wife, Ruth, and by sitarist David Whetstone.
Manfred, born in Iowa, lived in southwestern Minnesota most of his life. He was the author of 34 books, including "Lord Grizzly," most of which were set in a place he called Siouxland--the place where Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa come together. He died in 1994 at age 82.
Robert Bly's latest collection is "Talking into the Ear of a Donkey." He'll read from that (and likely from all kinds of other things, including books and poems by other people) at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at Blue Mounds State Park.
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The free reading series has hosted more than 100 authors since it began in 2010.
National Book Critics Circle also honoring writer Margaret Atwood with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Other finalists include Yaa Gyasi, Colson Whitehead, and Minnesota-reared writers Hope Jahren and Michael Tisserand.
Annual benefit, hosted by Charles Baxter, moves to Feburary and now includes a writing competition for U students.
The winner will be announced later this month, and the winner's book will be published in the fall.