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FIRESIDE READING SERIES: Jon Lurie, Canoeing with José

February 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Jon Lurie
Canoeing with José

The first time journalist Jon Lurie met José Perez, the smart, angry, 15-year-old Lakota-Puerto Rican drew a knife and questioned Lurie’s authority. Five years later, both men are floundering. Lurie is newly divorced and depressed. Perez is embedded in a haze of women and street feuds. Then Lurie hits upon a plan to save them: embark together on a mythic 2,000-mile paddle from Breckenridge, MN, to the Hudson Bay. Written in gritty, honest prose, Canoeing with José describes their remarkable journey. Lurie has worked as a journalist, wilderness guide, and as a teen adviser at a Native American journalism program. He is also the coauthor, with Clyde Bellecourt, of The Thunder Before the Storm.

About the Series

With cookies in one hand and coffee in the other, enjoy six weeks of free readings at Hamline Midway Library. Now in its 24th season, the Fireside Reading Series is one of The Friends’ oldest and most popular events. The series annually highlights the work of some of Minnesota’s finest writers who have published a new work in the previous year. Programs are accompanied by coffee, cider, cookies, and book signings.

American Sign Language interpretation will be provided.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


February 21, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Hamline Midway Library
1558 W Minnehaha Avenue
Saint Paul, United States
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