2022 Fireside Reading Series: Diane Wilson

One snowy winter’s day, Rosalie Iron Wing returns to the home from which she was taken as a child. Orphan, widow, and mother – journalist and gardener – Rosalie has spent the previous two decades watching as her white husband’s family farm is threatened first by drought and then by a predatory chemical company. Now, grieving, she finally begins to confront the past and embrace the future – and, in the process, learns what it means to be descended from women with souls of iron, women who have protected their families, their traditions, and a precious cache of seeds through generations of hardship and loss.

Diane Wilson is the author of Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past, which won a Minnesota Book Award, and the nonfiction book, Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life which was awarded the Barbara Sudler Award from History Colorado. Wilson has received a Bush Foundation Fellowship as well as awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and awarded a 50 over 50 Award from Pollen/Midwest. Wilson has served as the executive director for Dream of Wild Health and the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, working to help rebuild sovereign food systems for Native people. She is a Mdewakanton descendent, enrolled on the Rosebud Reservation, and lives in Shafer, Minnesota.

Cozy up in the comfort of your own home for six weeks of readings. Fireside Reading Series, ongoing in partnership with Hamline Midway Library for 28 years, highlights the work of some of Minnesota’s finest writers who have published new work the previous year.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and the generous support of Minnesota United.