Now in its 7th year, the Cambridge Community-Read is an award-winning literacy program whose goal is to encourage Cambridge and surrounding community members to come together through the reading and discussion of a common book.
“Vacationland” is a collection of linked stories centered around Naledi, a northern Minnesota lodge and fishing resort. “Vacationland” tells the story of those whose paths have crossed at Naledi: Meg, an artist who grew up under her grandfather’s care, a man from nearby Hatchet Inlet, a Sarajevo refugee sponsored by two parishes who can’t afford “their own refugee,” aged 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.
Stonich has a razor-sharp wit that brings to life the many characters in this quintessential Minnesota tale and will appeal to anyone who has ever spent time in the northland. “Vacationland” was recently selected as one of the top 10 books of 2013 by “Pioneer Press” books editor Mary Ann Grossmann and a literary highlight of 2013 by “The City Pages.” It has also been selected as a finalist for the Minnesota Book Awards.
Stonich is the best-selling author of “These Granite Islands,” translated into seven languages and shortlisted for France’s Gran Prix de Lectrices de Elle; the critically acclaimed novel, The Ice Chorus; and a memoir, Shelter. The founder of WordStalkers.com, she lives in Minneapolis and spends summers in northeastern Minnesota.
Join the conversation. Read the book, discuss it with friends, and then join the author for her presentation on May 8 at the Cambridge Campus of the Anoka Ramsey Community College.
For more information about Community-Read events and to pick up a copy of “Vacationland,” visit the Cambridge Public Library and Scout & Morgan Books. All events are free and open to the public.