MN Reads: “Meander North” by Marie Zhuikov
Marie Zhuikov took her blog and made it into a book. "I'd used up all of my space," says Zhuikov of her blog. "I was going to have to start paying for it." From there, the author/blogger selected some of the most popular posts and collected them into a seasonal theme (with two additional sections about books and brushes with fame).
On writing, Zhuikov sees it as a healthy choice. "One of the reasons I started this blog is not to go crazy in the winter." Meander North is a collection of essays that encapsulate life in the Northland. Many of the winter stories, for example, are about the outdoors and speak to both the hearty nature of locals and the adventures that can be found just by stepping out your front door.
"I like to have fun with my writing," says Zhuikov. And it shows. One look at the table of contents reveals story titles such as Christmas City of the North Parade: Socially Sanctioned Child Abuse or Festive Community Event and How I Got Jane Goodall to Stick Her Head into a Potted Palm Tree.
The book can be purchased at Zenith Bookstore and the Art Dock in the Dewitt Seitz building. The author will be at the Bookstore at Fitger's on Friday, December 9th for a book signing from 5-7pm.
Minnesota Reads is produced at The North 103.3 with funding provided in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.