One Book Northland

The 2018 area-wide reading project:

The Wind and the Drum, written by Minnesota native Katharine Johnson has been chosen as the 2018 One Book Northland community read!

Johnson was a Language Arts teacher at Cloquet High School, and was later director of the school's media center. In the late 1970s, she taught Spanish during her lunch breaks. She retired in 1999. Her previous publications are: “Company’s Here” in Ladybug magazine, “Ada,” “Forgiveness of Sins,” and several poems in anthologies.

Plan to read "The Wind and the Drum" in your book group? Use our Discussion Guide.

Featured event:

Join us at Fitger's to hear from local author Katharine Johnson! 
Community members and area book groups are invited to read the book, and hear Johnson speak about her experience on Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. With an introduction by Marlene Wisuri of the Sami Cultural Center. Light refreshments will be served after the event.


Previous One Book Northland titles

2017 Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farm - From Scratch by Lucie Amundsen
2016: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown 
2015: The Dance Boots by Linda LeGarde Grover 
2014: The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
2013: Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland 
2012: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
2011: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
2010: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
2009 Population 485 by Michael Perry
2008: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
2007: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
2006: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2005: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
2004: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
2003: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
2002: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee