Four new children's and YA books are being promoted in local bookstores this weekend. Plus, the Art Hounds recommend a show about the legacy of Indian boarding schools, and "Dancing on the Edge."
Writer Rachel Smoka-Richardson says there is a plethora of new books for young people by Minnesota authors, and local bookstores are celebrating several of them this weekend. Here's a sampling:
• Michael Hall's new picture book, "Little i," at 11 a.m. Saturday, Wild Rumpus Books, Minneapolis.
• Steve Brezenoff's new YA novel, "Boy Seeking Band," at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Addendum Books, St. Paul.
• Trisha Speed Shaskan's and Stephen Shaskan's new graphic novel for young readers, "Q & Ray Case #1 The Missing Mola Lisa," at 2 p.m. Saturday, Red Balloon Bookshop, St. Paul.
• And National Book Award winner Pete Hautmann's new middle-grade novel, "Sliders," about — among other things — competitive eating, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Wild Rumpus.
The Museum of Russian Art's Michelle Massey got a sneak peek of "Dancing on the Edge," a new play about the brief and tumultuous marriage of American modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan and Russian poet Sergei Esenin. She says Theatre Novi Most's production features a bilingual script and choreography by a protegee of Maria Theresa Duncan (Isadora's adopted daughter). Performances run Sept. 7-10 at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis.
MacRostie Art Center's Kayla Schubert is excited for Edge Center for the Arts' new exhibition, "First They Cut Your Hair," in Bigfork, Minn. She says the group art show looks at the legacy of Indian boarding schools, which forced Native American children to adapt to colonial culture while stripping them of their own cultural heritage. Schubert says the impact of such practices are still seen in contemporary life and education. The exhibit runs through Sept. 30.