Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 7:11 a.m.
If you have lived through even just one winter here, you are probably familiar with those mittens that resurface during a melty day as deformed and soggy after a few weeks in an iced over snow bank. Minnesota is not only a land of 10,000 lakes, but of 10,000 tales like discovering those gutter gloves.
Peter Smith of Minnesota Public Radio's Morning Edition shares his lively accounts of living in our fair state with listeners every week, and recently published a collection of those stories in A Porch Sofa Almanac. Tonight, he'll be reading from his new book at Magers & Quinn.
Smith's short story collection explores quirky and endearing slices of the Minnesota experience past and present, from the cities to small towns. Similar to other works that sing praises while mocking our unique state, A Porch Sofa Almanac touches on every day life throughout the seasons.
With chapters centered on things like Hudson Bay blankets, cooking with Grandma, lilacs, ice fishing, the State Fair, winter wimps, and more, Smith describes simple aspects of Minnesota in a way that could easily bring about laughter. A piece of literature most entertaining when taken in short bits around a fire, Almanac is Smith's first anthology of essays for MPR. His next effort, titled A Cavalcade of Lesser Horrors, is a memoir, and is set to come out next fall.
Join Smith tonight at Magers & Quinn
at 7:30 p.m. to hear him read from his new book, though unfortunately not from a porch sofa (although the recent weather would definitely permit that). If you can't join Smith tonight, tune into MPR
on Tuesday mornings, or check out his blog
for more of his Minnesota reflections.