Laureate Writers Series – November 2018

Joseph A. Amato to Read at the Blue Heron

Wednesday | November 7 | 7:00pm
Blue Heron Coffeehouse

Joe Amato will read from his recently-published novel Buffalo Man: Life of a Boy Giant on the Minnesota River. Our readings are usually on Tuesdays, but we moved this one to Wednesday so that we don’t conflict with Election Day. Get out and vote! This reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing and an open mic. The theme for the open mic is CAUSE AND EFFECT.

Joe Amato is a historian, folklorist, poet and most recently a novelist. He has published 20 books on European cultural, rural, regional and family history. He received his BA in History from the University of Michigan; his MA in History and Folklore from the Université de Laval, Québec; and his PhD in History from the University of Rochester, New York. He taught for 32 years at Southwest Minnesota State University, in Marshall, where was a founder of the History Department and the Rural and Regional Studies Program.

Joseph Amato’s novel Buffalo Man combines territorial Minnesota history, myth, storytelling and humor. The main character of the book is Gar, a giant child born out of the sky. It is fitting, then, that Paul Bunyan appears as a character in the book. Poet Dana Yost says the book is “in the tradition of Rabelais, earthy and brimming with ribald behavior and humor; and literally a walk through the history of a time and place.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Blue Heron Coffee House and the Winona Fine Arts Commission.

The Laureate Writer’s Series is sponsored by the City of Winona’s Fine Arts Commission. The City of Winona is a partner of River Arts Alliance.


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