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Author event to be held Saturday, Oct. 15 in Alexandria

Diane Wilson, a Dakota author and educator, will speak at the Alexandria United Methodist Church.

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Diane Wilson
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ALEXANDRIA — Diane Wilson, a Dakota author and educator, will speak at the Alexandria United Methodist Church, 2210 Sixth Ave. East, on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 1:30 p.m. Questions and and answers will follow.

Wilson’s memoir, "Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past," won a 2006 Minnesota Book Award and and was selected for the 2012 One Minneapolis One Read program. Her nonfiction book, "Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life," received the Barbara Sudler Award from History Colorado.

Wilson’s 2020 middle-grade biography: "Ella Cara Deloria: Dakota Language Protector," was an honor selection for the 2022 America Indian Youth Literature Award.

Her essays have been featured in many publications, including "We Are Meant to Rise;" "Kinship: Belonging in a World of Relations;" and "A Good Time for the Truth."

Wilson has received numerous grants, including a 2013 Bush Fellowship, and the 2018 AARP/Pollen 50 Over 50 Community Leadership award. She is enrolled on the Rosebud Reservation. She is the former executive director for the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, a national coalition of tribes working to reclaim food sovereignty.

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Copies of Wilson’s recently published novel, "The Seedkeeper," will be available at the event on Oct. 15. Copies can also be purchased at Cherry Street Books. "The Seedkeeper" recently received the 2022 Minnesota Book Award for Fiction.

This event is sponsored by a donation from the Parks Outreach Fund.

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