Prairie Gate Literary Festival Author Readings
Briggs Library Main Level
Native authors Thomas Peacock, Teresa Peterson and Walter LaBatte will read from their works on Friday, Oct. 7 starting at 7:30 p.m. on the main floor of Briggs Library. Books will be available for purchase before and after the readings. Refreshments will be served.
Thomas Peacock is the author of a dozen books on Ojibwe history and culture, Native education, racism, and fiction. His latest works include Walking Softly, The Fire, The Tao of Nookomis, The Dancers, The Forever Sky, Beginnings and The Wolf’s Trail. His books have garnered awards, including two Minnesota Book Awards, Multicultural Children’s Book Award (National Association on Multicultural Education), and Indie adult fiction writer of the year (2020 Minnesota Library Foundation for The Wolf’s Trail). He is a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Anishinaabe Ojibwe.
Teresa Peterson, Utuhu Cistinna Win, is Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota and citizen of the Upper Sioux Community. Teresa and her uncle, Walter LaBatte Jr recently authored, Voices from Pejuhutazizi: Dakota Stories and Storytellers, published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. She is also the author of Grasshopper Girl, a children’s book published by Black Bears and Blueberries Publishing, a contributor to Voices Rising: Native Women Writers, and has poetry in The Racism Issue of the Yellow Medicine Review. She is currently working on a new manuscript that chronicles her journey across four seasons as a Dakota gardener, forager, and lover of the land. Teresa earned her doctorate in Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth and her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota Morris.
Walter LaBatte Jr. (Wasicun Hdi Najin), is a member at Upper Sioux. He is an accomplished Dakota artist and historian. He is the co-author of a collection of Dakota stories, including those he heard growing up in his community, called Voices from Pejuhutazizi: Stories and Storytellers, published by the Minnesota Historical Society in 2022. He is also nationally recognized for his handmade beaded moccasins and richly painted powwow drums.