Library card art? Check it out at St. Paul Public Library!

Some folks want to see their name in lights. For others, it’s the yen to see their name in print. And then there are the few, the chosen, whose creative apex is to see their art carried with pride in the handbag, wallet or pocket of every resident of St Paul.

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'My Brother Adam': Children's book written to help 'tear down the walls of prejudice' against mental illness

(Photos courtesy of the authors) Authors Linda and Nneka Onyilofor

Mental health has always been, at the least, a touchy subject among African Americans. As powerfully as it can impact lives, it doesn’t help to ignore or, still worse, pass judgment on people who suffer mental problems. Accordingly, Linda and Nneka Onyilofor with illustrator Aaron Gilmore have created a remarkable children’s book, My Brother Adam: A journey with schizophrenia (Radiant Heart Press) that can help adults as well as kids gain a constructive outlook on the subject.

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Book review: Keystones of the Stone Arch Bridge

Two Minnesota icons that I hold most dear are the Minneapolis neighborhood where the Mississippi River pours over St. Anthony Falls and runs along St. Anthony Main, and the candy that rolls out of Pearson’s in St. Paul. When The Minnesota History Center folks sent me a copy of Carolyn Ruff’s “Keystones of the Stone Arch Bridge” I spent many delicious hours delving into both. Summer is beginning to wane and the kids have another month before school starts: August is the perfect month to grab a Nut Roll and explore Minneapolis history.

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Pushing is what it's about

Indie Gypsy Press (indiegypsy.com) is pushing Black & Single Blues like a bulldozer. I'm the new kid on the block and already included in the promo material. As in t-shirts brandishing the book's cover, designed by head honcho Shelley Halima, are available for purchase. Works for me.

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Light at the end of the tunnel

One of my favorite, go-to quips when folk ask what's new is, "Well, it looks like for once the light at the end of the tunnel ain't a train comin'."

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Day tripping in Northfield: What book are you reading?

This year summer has been about finally reading those books that have spent too many months untouched on the shelf, evenings and weekends spent at the grill, and glorious warm, slow, sunny moments strung together with day trips to great places within a few hours drive of the Twin Cities. We hike for a few hours, grab a cone or a root beer float, and come home feeling like we've taken Thoreau's advice to live deliberately and deep, and to suck out all of the marrow (and ice cream) of life.

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TC Weekend | Twin Cities Jazz Fest, Twin Cities Pride Fest, Beer Dabbler, MN Food Truck Fair and more!

Updated: 6/27/2014 2:19 pm

 

Can you believe we're almost at the end of June? Time flies, so spend it wisely -- get out and enjoy some of the outdoor happenings around the cities. This weekend offers two big festivals -- the Twin Cities Pride Fest in Minneapolis and the Twin Cities Jazz Fest in Saint Paul, along with other fun happenings around town. Just like the last couple of weekends, this weekend might be a bit wet so plan accordingly.

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NEWS DAY | Ancestry Books grand opening!

Chaun Webster and Verna Wong talking to neighbors about books. 

UPDATED 6/9/2014: After a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign and months of hard work, Ancestry Books is opened on Saturday.

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