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August 17, 2012

An Evening with Mark Anthony Rolo at the Minneapolis American Indian Center

Filed under: Event, Native American — Alison Aten @ 2:17 pm

Mark Anthony Rolo with Rock Roy Rolo (photo by  Nicholas Rolo)

Raving Native Productions and Borealis Books Present An Evening with Mark Anthony Rolo

Thursday August 30th
7:00 p.m-9:00 p.m.
Minneapolis American Indian Center (1530 E. Franklin Avenue).
Books available for purchase at the event

Author and playwright Mark Anthony Rolo will share his new book My Mother is Now Earth and present a reading of his new play Buckskin for a Bride.

About the book:

An isolated northern farm provides the backdrop to a child’s searching, empathetic view of his conflicted mother during the last three years of her life.

“To read Mark Anthony Rolo’s My Mother Is Now Earth is to have your heart suddenly rise into your throat, spreading its warmth unexpectedly toward your eyes, releasing an exquisite pain. Like all really beautiful things, this book exacts a toll, but one that is worth paying.” –Indian Country Today

“Bittersweet memories of a long-dead mother: Ojibwe writer Mark Rolo explores his gritty childhood with an unsparing but wise eye, and in doing so greatly honors his family, and readers. . . . Many a modern memoir explores a troubled childhood, but the genre has few standouts. Rolo’s is one.”--Minneapolis Star Tribune

About the play:

While planning her wedding to the man of her dreams Lucy Deer’s bright future is threatened when her long lost American Indian reservation family appears on the doorstep of her Manhattan apartment. Lucy’s older sister and her activist boyfriend along with their side-kick mother have come to the city seeking amnesty after participating in a failed tribal government coup. Determined to save her “happily ever after” fantasy Lucy sets into motion a screwball smoke and mirrors scheme to resolve her renegade family’s legal troubles while keeping her fiancé in the dark. But what she does not know is that even white men like her bridegroom have their own secrets to keep.

About the Author:

Mark Anthony Rolo is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. He is the former editor of The Circle newspaper and Washington D.C. Bureau Chief for Indian Country Today. Mark Anthony served as host and co-writer of the PBS film on Native Americans living in Los Angeles A Seat at the Drum (2006). A collection of his plays, What’s an Indian Woman to Do? and Other Plays, was published by UCLA American Indian Studies in 2010.

About the Hosts:

Raving Native Productions, founded in 1998 by Marcie Rendon, is a collective of Native writers and performers who guarantee ‘Native theater without fringe, beads or flutes.’

Borealis Books, an imprint of the Minnesota Historical Society publishes works rooted in America’s heartland with universal and lasting appeal.

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