Books in the Woods

April 12-15, 2018

Featuring Benjamin Percy and Linda LeGarde Grover 


We co-sponsor this special weekend with Valley Bookseller in Stillwater, Minnesota. Every year, we offer an eclectic list of books by Minnesota authors — and we invite two authors to be our featured guests each year.

On Friday and Saturday, choose among a variety of facilitated discussions covering the books on the reading list, and in the late afternoon, attend a presentation and book signing with the featured authors.

We are delighted to announce that Benjamin Percy and Linda LeGarde Grover  are our featured authors for 2018.


Each of this year’s Books in the Woods guest authors — Linda LeGarde Grover and Ben Percy — have a book chosen as a Minnesota Book Award finalist (only four books are selected in each category).

FINALIST, MEMOIR & CREATIVE FICTION:  Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year  by Linda LeGarde Grover (University of Minnesota Press)

FINALIST, GENRE FICTION: The Dark Net  by Benjamin Percy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

The finalists for the 30th anniversary of the Minnesota Book Awards were chosen on Saturday, January 27, by 27 judges from around the state —writers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and others from the literary community. The winners will be announced at the Book Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 21.

Congratulations Linda and Ben!

Reading list for Books in the Woods 2018

By Benjamin Percy

The Wilding

The Dark Net

Ben’s Selection:

Delicate, Edible Birds by Lauren Groff

By Linda LeGarde Grover

The Road Back to Sweetgrass

Dance Boots

Linda’s Selection:

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Valley Bookseller Selections:

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

The Nix by Nathan Hill

All the books are available at Valley Bookseller, co-sponsor of Books in the Woods. You can order online or buy books in person at the store: 217 Main Street North, Stillwater, MN 55082. (Gift cards make excellent holiday and birthday gifts…)

The Authors

Benjamin Percy is the author of four novels, the most recent among them The Dark Net, and The Wilding. He broke in to comics in 2014, with a two-issue Batman story arc for Detective Comics. He now writes the Green Arrow and Teen Titans series at DC Comics, and James Bond at Dynamite Entertainment. His honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Whiting Writers’ Award, two Pushcart Prizes, the Plimpton Prize, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics. He has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently has several film and TV projects in development. Find out more about Ben here.

Linda LeGarde Grover is a professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe. Her novel The Road Back to Sweetgrass has received the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Fiction Award. She was the recipient of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and the Flannery O’Connor Award for her debut short story collection “The Dance Boots.” Her poetry collection, The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives, received the Red Mountain Press Editor’s Award, and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Poetry. Her most recent work, an essay collection about contemporary and historical Ojibwe life in northeastern Minnesota, Onigamiising: Seasons of An Ojibwe Year, was released in October 2017.  Find out more about Linda here.

Books in the Woods package includes:

  • 3 nights accommodations in a lakeside fireplace cabin
  • Thursday dinner, all Friday and Saturday meals, and Sunday breakfast
  • Wine and cheese social
  • All Books in the Woods activities, including facilitated book discussions and authors’ presentations
  • All Naturalist activities

Package pricing:

  • $439 per person in a Classic Cabin
  • $459 per person in a Romantic Cabin or Gunflint Lake Home
  • All prices based on double occupancy, $49 single supplement for a cabin occupied by one person
  • Stay an additional night (Wednesday or Sunday), including meals for $109.00 per person in a Classic Cabin or $119 per person in a Romantic Cabin or Gunflint Lake Home

Sales Tax and Service Charge are additional


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