Birchbark Books

So, so much to write since I’ve returned from Minnesota (the farthest North I’ve ever traveled)! You may or may not know that I recently subscribed to TIME Magazine and it completely fuels my love for random facts. A few weeks ago, I came across an interview with Louise Erdrich, a half-Chippewa, half-American author. Erdrich has written upwards of 20 novels and her work has definitely earned her a good reputation. Her most recent book, The Round House is near the top of my to-read list, and describes a tragedy and how it is approached from the reservation. Also included in this interview was some information on a little place called Birchbark Books…

Erdrich started Birchbark Books, a small, local bookstore in Minneapolis, MN. The avid lit-lover than I am, I was sure to write down her new novel and her bookstore, in case I should ever be able to make it up that way. Thanks to my position with the National Postsecondary Agricultural Students Organization, some travel to that area was required. After navigating Minneapolis traffic during rush hour (following five other vehicles rather than a GPS), I felt capable of making my way to this little place. My new friend Trisha and I had an hour to kill, so I figured, “Why not?!” What we happened upon was a beautiful, unique, intimate nook in a strangely nostalgic, urban neighborhood. I hope these pictures give you at least a partial feel for this souvenir that warmed my heart. 🙂
And of course I got something to remember it by, despite being a struggling college student.