Hmong wedding and funeral procedures translation project helps preserve Hmong cultural practices in Minnesota

The Hmong Cultural Center has completed a major project initiative involving the translation into English and production of two books -Tshoob Kos (Wedding Procedures) and Kev Cai Pam Tuag (Funeral Procedures). Earlier versions of these books were compiled in the Hmong language by Tougeu Leepalao, the Cultural Consultant of Hmong Cultural Center between 1995 and 2005. Hmong Cultural Center's goal with theTshoob Kos (Wedding Procedures) and Kev Cai Pam Tuag (Funeral Procedures)Translation project is to help preserve and disseminate key elements of Hmong ceremonial culture to current and future generations of the Hmong community in Minnesota and beyond.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Book arts community comes together for launch, reading

A Deep Blue Amen, published by Amanda Degener, with calligraphy by Jan Owen of poems by Stuart Kestenbaum.

Cave Paper and The American Craft Council will sponsor a poetry reading by Stuart Kestenbaum when he visits the Twin Cities in October.

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Minnesota well-represented on National Book Awards long-lists

The bibliophiles at the National Book Foundation like to hold their cards close to the chest, playing one card a day to the anxious literary world. Though they have one more card to play (tomorrow, September 19) the first three days have brought some great news to members of the Minnesota community of the book. Under new rules for 2013 the National Book Award nominations are announced in what is henceforth to be known as a “long list” of nominations in each of four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People’s Literature.

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On zombies, ghosts, fear and rebuilding in Lao America

Growing up, I was always raised with the myth of Laos as a tranquil, serene land. A land of a thousand smiles, a realm of a million elephants, a lost Eden or Shangri-La.

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Andy Sturdevant's "Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow": The Minnesota book that Minnesota needed

When I was 11, my family moved into the house my father had grown up in—a turn-of-the-century foursquare near the University of St. Thomas, where my paternal grandfather taught English. My dad Jim could still walk around the block, until well into his 50s, and be greeted as "Jimmy" by elders who had been there since he was a boy. When describing my family's relationship to our home, I would tell people at college that my dad was convinced we lived in the best house on the best corner of the best neighborhood of the best city in the best state in the best country in the world. Not that he thought any of those jurisdictions was perfect; each was just obviously preferable to any reasonable alternative.

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Saint Paul Almanac plans a big bash for the release of its 2014 edition

Detail of a map by Roberta Avidor, as seen in the 2014 Saint Paul Almanac

Over the past several years, the Saint Paul Almanac has grown from bathroom reading for Capital City buffs to a full-fledged organization engaging the city's diverse communities through innovative programming—and, of course, that chunky book. On September 12, the Almanac will celebrate the publication of its eighth edition with a party at the Black Dog showcasing a wide range of local talent.

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Sweet Corn Spectacular: A new book on the Midwestern summer bounty

Let's talk about one of the most fabulous bounties of summer (and this year, probably a bit into fall): sweet corn. And let's talk about Marie Porter's new book, Sweet Corn Spectacular.

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Northern Lights: Minnesota Historical Society updates middle school history textbook

Students around Minnesota have returned to school. And for sixth graders, this year brings a new requirement - that they complete a full year of study of Minnesota history, civics, geography and economics.

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Proceeds from Minneapolis school counselor's new book fund school for poor in India

It was five years ago when Daniel Hertz felt the urgency to transform words bubbling inside him into essays and poems.

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A Mission from God: James Meredith, speaking in Minneapolis August 29, goes beyond remembering the past in new book

Living, breathing Civil Rights Era history is coming to South Minneapolis’ Hosmer Library in the renowned person of James Meredith, who will read from and talk about his book, A Mission from God: a Memoir and Challenge for America (Simon & Schuster).

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