‘Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask’ is the 2021 One Book, One Community Title Pick

Author Presentation and Book Signing
October 26 at 7 PM
The Centrum – Concordia College

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In partnership, the Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo public libraries, Concordia College’s Carl B. Ylvisaker Library, Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Livingston Lord Library, North Dakota State University Libraries, Moorhead Area Public Schools Indian Education, the Indigenous Association, and the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County have selected the national bestseller “Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask” by Anton Treuer as the 2021 One Book, One Community selection.

 An essential and engaging book of questions and answers for Native and non-Native readers alike, Treuer’s book “Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians but Were Afraid to Ask” answers each question with solid information, humor, and compassion while building a foundation for true understanding and positive action. Ranging from “Why is there such a fuss about nonnative people wearing Indian costumes for Halloween?” to “Why is it called a ‘traditional Indian fry bread taco’?” to “What’s it like for Natives who don’t look Native?” to “Why are Indians so often imagined rather than understood?”, and beyond, this book is a thoughtful, frank, funny, and sometimes personal tour of what’s up with Indians, anyway.

A Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, Dr. Anton Treuer is a racial equality advocate and the acclaimed author of 20 books. His equity, education, and cultural work has put him on a path of service across region, the nation, and around the world.

This year’s One Book, One Community reading project launches in August and features several events including community book discussions, cultural presentations, and other engaging programs. The event series includes an author visit on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Knutson Campus Center Centrum on the campus of Concordia College. Further details about author Anton Treuer’s visit will be announced at a later date.

Copies of the book will be available for check out in several formats (physical and digital) at each of the participating libraries; book club kits will also available. For a list of related events and resources, visit any participating library’s website for in-person event policies starting August 1 or visit http://www.1book1community.org after July 1.

In its 10th year, the One Book, One Community reading project centers on the community-wide reading of a single book and is dedicated to creating a shared conversation along with a range of related events and activities for residents of all ages. For more information about the One Book, One Community reading project, visit http://www.1book1community.org

All One Book, One Community events are free and open to the public. This project is made possible in part with funding from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. In addition, this project is generously sponsored and supported by Concordia Cultural Events, the Friends of the Fargo Public Library, the Friends of the West Fargo Public Library, the Friends of the Moorhead Library, and Moorhead Community Education.

2021 One Book, One Community PSA