Join us Sept. 7–Oct. 29, 2019 for special events during our community celebration of Vacationland by Sarah Stonich.
Naledi Lodge, a former fishing resort in northernmost Minnesota, has many stories to tell that are centered on Meg, a girl who spent summers there as a child. Now an artist, she returns to paint images themed around water and memory.
Naledi is depicted from varying perspectives, including Meg as an orphaned girl growing up under her grandfather's care, a man from nearby Hatchet Inlet who knew Meg back when, a Sarajevo refugee sponsored by two parishes, two sisters traveling to fulfill a fateful pact once made at the resort, a philandering ad man, a lonely Ojibwe stonemason, and a haiku-spouting girl rescued from a bog.
The characters continue to connect and reappear, sometimes in unexpected ways, weaving tales of love and loss, and heartbreak and redemption. Vacationland is the first novel in the Northern Trilogy series.
About the author
Sarah Stonich is the internationally acclaimed author of several award-winning books, including These Granite Islands, The Ice Chorus, and Shelter: Off the Grid in the Mostly Magnetic North. She is currently working on Watershed, the final novel in the Northern Trilogy series which includes Vacationland and, Minnesota Book Award-winner, The Laurentian Divide.
Under the pen name Ava Finch, Stonich also wrote Fishing With RayAnne, the story about a Minnesota woman who launches her own all-women fishing and talk show. Sarah grew up in the Duluth area and currently lives in Minneapolis.
Mobile Sign Shop
Drop in to create your own customized, carved wooden sign, inspired by the cabin signs of Northern Minnesota. Available while supplies last. Presented by Ready Go artist Peter Haakon Thompson.
Saturday, Sept. 7, 1–4 p.m.
Hear the polka, pop, rock and country sounds of Minnesota Music Award-winning Tubby Esquire.
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2–3 p.m.
Drawing from Nature
Explore how artists from Claude Monet to Andy Goldsworthy have used nature as their main inspiration. Discover how the concept of nature in art can range from observational drawing to incorporating physical elements. Presented by Artistry. Registration required.
Monday, Oct. 7, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
An evening with Sarah Stonich
Spend an evening with Sarah Stonich, author of Vacationland, a series of linked stories depicting the disparate lives of the inhabitants and visitors to Naledi Lodge in northernmost Minnesota.
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Book Discussion Group
Read Vacationland by Sarah Stonich and join others in discussing the book.
Thursday, Oct. 24, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
The celebration of this book is made possible by: