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Available in full color for the second time with revised, gorgeous, hand-drawn, poster-size, pull-out maps of the city of Saint Paul and Downtown, and—another first—includes artwork by Ta-coumba Aiken!
Includes work by new writers alongside the work of Saint Paul literary greats such as Garrison Keillor and Patricia Hampl.
416 pages, 5 3/16 x 8 inches, full-color book with 132 pieces by 114 writers, 167 photos and illustrations, a full-color, two-sided 18 3/4 x 15-inch color map (revised), 4-page color pullout of Lowertown Reading Jams drawn by Ta-coumba. ISBN: 978-0-9772651-9-0.
By Nicholas Voss ●
It was an after school program for kids. I was ready like a manatee
is ready for ping pong. Just a little clumsy after
being tucked away in a collegiate cave while this city extols Saints just down the street. . . . I’ve still got a lot to learn.
Like how those science quizzes didn’t apply in the van ride. . . .
Where passing is keeping everyone buckled for just 3 more blocks.
By Lillie Jordan ●
Kimberly woke up this day and sat on the side of her bed, thinking. She opened her window. Just like the day before, it was wet and dark and raining. There were no birds in sight, no singing. The sun was hiding.
By Sharon Chmielarz ●
It is love and sensing the departed is present
somewhere between being able to be
reached or not. Neither alive nor dead.
It is searching, hopefully, for him...
By IBé ●
My son doesn’t care or understand what is going on. Besides, Daddy has been saying bye-bye ever since he was born. Bye-bye at the babysitter’s; bye-bye, Daddy is going to work, Daddy is going to a meeting, Daddy is going to an open mic, Daddy is going to a friend’s, bye-bye, bye-bye. This is just another one of those. My daughter, on the other hand, is nine and fast approaching teen. She understands this “bye-bye” is not see you in a couple of hours, or when you wake up in the morning. So she starts to cry. But tears come to her easily. Just like her mother. I don’t like tears. Just like my mother. They make me uncomfortable. Maybe because I don’t know the right words to say to stop them from falling. Maybe I’ve grown too cynical and practical—tears don’t make it feel better, so why bother. “C’mon, stop that,” I say to her. “I will be back soon.”
Artwork Attributed Incorrectly
- The photos on pages 49, 261, and 273 are mistakenly attributed. Photos on pages 49 and 273 are the creation and property of Amy Unger. The photo on page 261 is the creation and property of Amy Clark.
- Page 9 – The illustration has an incorrect caption. The correct location of the Dakotah Building is at Selby and Western avenues.
- On page 267, fourth paragraph:“In 1972 James Dee Cook became the first American of African heritage in the state of Minnesota to achieve Certified Public Accountant Status” (not 1965).“In 1973 he was appointed as Auditor of American National Bank and Trust Company, reporting directly to the president” (not “in 1995 he became vice president at the American National Bank of Saint Paul”).
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