Twin Cities writers Peter Geye and Thomas Maltman read new novels, discuss sense of place, at Northeast Library


Thomas Maltman and Peter Geye have more than a little in common. Both are Minnesota writers whose fiction, prose and essay works create and then explore the sense of place. Recent works by the two authors are set in an environment that is familiar to Minnesota readers and increasingly known to readers everywhere. Maltman and Geye will share their experience and their thoughts on the sense of place at a reading and book discussion on Thursday evening, November 8, at the Northeast Library, 2200 Central Avenue NE in Minneapolis.

Maltman’s most recent work, set to be published by Soho Press in January, is entitled Little Wolves. The story unfolds during a tragic drought that is driving families from their farms on the Minnesota prairie. The book delves into the lives of individuals and families while it explores the sense of place in small-town America. One reviewer writes that the author “weaves together elements of folklore and Norse mythology while being driven by a powerful murder mystery.”

Maltman’s first novel, The Night Birds, won a number of literary awards including selection by the American Library Association as an “Outstanding Book for the College Bound.” Maltman earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Minnesota State University-Mankato. Those who cannot wait until the publication of Little Wolves may enjoy reading a lengthy excerpt online.

The Lighthouse Road is also a second novel for local author Peter Geye. His earlier work, Safe from the Sea, is a staple on library shelves.

Geye’s newer book, published by Unbridled Press, is set in the rugged landscape of northern Minnesota in the late 1900’s and the early years of the 20th Century. The novel explores the lives of Norwegian immigrants living in what is now known as the Arrowhead Region along the North Shore. Geye writes of real life in the lumberjack camp, in a small town, even a skiff riding the waves of Lake Superior. At the heart of his work is a penetrating description of how the mood and atmosphere of a setting shapes the lives of the denizens of the area.

A Twin Cities native Geye holds a PhD degree from Western Michigan University and a Masters degree from New Orleans University.

The joint appearance of these two local authors will be 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Northeast Library. The reading and discussion is sponsored by Friends of the Northeast Library.

The evening is free and open to the public. Off-street parking is available on the West side of the Library or hop the #10 bus that runs frequently on Central Avenue.