Joining us is Anya Achtenberg, who will be talking about her new novel Blue Earth, a beautifully written book that weaves together inherited grief from many conflicts, including the Minnesota farm crisis of the 1980’s and the 1862 Dakota war. Jay Gabler of the Twin Cities Daily Planet says, “Blue Earth gives the James Michener treatment to a pivotal, and profoundly tragic, event in Minnesota History.”
Anya Achtenberg is the award-winning writer of novel Blue Earth, recently published; and the novella, The Stories of Devil-Girl (both with Modern History Press); poetry books The Stone of Language, and, I Know What the Small Girl Knew. She teaches creative writing, works individually with writers, and takes groups of writers, artists, filmmakers, and others, to Cuba. She is currently working on the novel History Artist.
Topics of conversation:
Commitment to Social Change
Family displacement, gentrification, and loss of family farms
Family Farms, Injuries and illness related to farming
Synopsis: Blue Earth opens as Carver Heinz loses both farm and family in the farm crisis of the 1980s. Displaced into urban Minneapolis, he becomes obsessed with Angie, a beautiful child he rescues from a tornado in an encounter he insists they keep silent. Her close friendship with a Dakota Indian boy fuels Carver’s rage and unleashes a series of events that echoes their shared histories, including the 1862 Dakota Conflict and public hanging of 38 Dakotas the largest mass execution in U.S. history.
Authors Airwaves captured author Christine Stark’s performance live at Patrick’s Cabaret in Minneapolis, MN on September 9th and 10th 2011. Christine read chapters from her new book NICKELS: A Tale of Dissociation.Nickels follows a biracial girl named “Little Miss So and So”, from age 4-1/2 into adulthood. Told in a series of prose poems, Nickels’ lyrical and inventive language conveys the dissociative states born of a world formed by persistent and brutal incest and homophobia. The dissociative states enable the child’s survival and, ultimately, the adult’s healing. The story is both heartbreaking and triumphant. Nickels is the groundbreaking debut of Minneapolis-area author
and artist Christine Stark.
“Christine Stark has crafted a language and a diction commensurate with the shredding of consciousness that is a consequence of childhood sexual abuse. She brings us a wholly original voice in a riveting novel of desperation and love. Every sentence vibrates with a terrible beauty. Every sentence brings the news.”–Patricia Weaver Francisco, author of Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery“To be taken into the mind of a child can be an enchanting
adventure, but to be taken into the mind of a child who is
abused, confused, and taken for granted is a lingering, livid
journey. I applaud her fortitude to bring an olden–too long ignored–truth out of the darkness with blazing, innovative light.”–MariJo Moore, author of The Diamond Doorknob
“In Nickels, Christine Stark, powerfully portrays the story of abuse and its impact on our lives. When this beautifully written and compelling story leaves, you are left wanting more. It’s riveting; a book that will capture you from the beginning and carry you through the end. Everyone should read this book.”