One Book Northland

2022 Chosen Title Announcement & Information

One Book Northland Announces 2022 Book Choice:

Gichigami Hearts: Stories and Histories from Misaabekong

by Linda LeGarde Grover

DULUTH, MN - 2022 marks the 21st year the One Book project has brought Northland communities together to celebrate reading. The One Book Northland committee is pleased to announce the selected title is Gichigami Hearts: Stories and Histories from Misaabekong by local author Linda LeGarde Grover.

Linda LeGarde Grover weaves her magic again in Gichigami Hearts blending history in the many different ways we tell stories. The relationship you form with this land and its Ojibwe people will only deepen after you have breathed in this amazing work.

In 2022, the Duluth Public Library, along with the Cloquet Public Library, Superior Public Library, Two Harbors Public Library, Barnes & Noble, Bookstore at Fitger’s, UMD Kathryn A. Martin Library, Zenith Bookstore, and many other amazing businesses around the area will host events during the month of April. These events will be unique and deepen our understanding and connection to Gichigami Hearts.

Look for a complete program guide this spring at any of these locations: Duluth Public Library, Cloquet Public Library, Superior Public Library, Two Harbors Public Library, UMD Kathryn A. Martin Library, Bookstore at Fitger’s, Barnes & Noble, and Zenith Bookstore.

The One Book Northland committee includes representatives from the community, Duluth Public Library, Cloquet Public Library, Superior Public Library, Two Harbors Public Library, University of Minnesota Duluth, the College of St. Scholastica, Barnes & Noble, Bookstore at Fitger’s, and Zenith Bookstore.

About the Author:

Linda LeGarde Grover is a member of the Bois Forte of Ojibwe and professor emeritus of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Recent publications are a mixed-genre memoir Gichigami Hearts: Stories and Histories from Misaabekong (University of Minnesota Pr4ess October 2021) and a revised re-issue of her research paper “From Assimilation to Termination: The Vermilion Lake Indian School” (Minnesota History Fall 2021). Grover’s research on American Indian boarding schools focuses upon extended families, tribal communities, and federal policies; her research begins with the schools that her family members attended. Her award-winning works, all of which are threaded with the boarding school experiences, including the novel The Road Back to Sweetgrass (Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Fiction Award; Native Writers Circle of the Americas First Book Award), The Dance Boots (Flannery O’Connor Award; Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize); Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year (2018 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir and Creative Nonfiction; Northeastern Minnesota Book Award) and The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives (Red Mountain Press Editor’s Award; 2017 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Poetry), which will be published in a revised and expanded edition by the University of Minnesota Press in September, 2022.

One Book Northland Events:





Walk & Talk Book Group Every Tuesday In April 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Two Harbors Public Library
Zenith Reads Book Club with Linda Tuesday, April 5, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Zenith Bookstore
Reading with Linda LeGarde Grover Tuesday, April 12, 2022 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Kathryn A. Martin Library Rotunda, UMD
Diversity Book Club Thursday, April 21, 2022 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm Duluth Public Library - Gold Room
The Lake Vermilion Lake Indian School  Thursday, April 21, 2022 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm ONLINE
Book Club with Linda Thursday, April 28, 2022 10:30 am - 11:30 am Superior Public Library 
Writing Class with Linda Saturday, April 30, 2022 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Fitger's Inn Ballroom 
Author Visit with Linda LeGarde Grover Saturday, April 30, 2022 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Zenith Bookstore 




Previous One Book Northland titles

2021 The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
2020 Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
2019 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
2018 The Wind and the Drum by Katharine Johnson
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