Here’s what Katherine A. Powers, a reviewer for Barnes & Noble, had to say about the 2019 One Book Siouxland, Prairie Fires:
“(It) is a brilliant contribution to our understanding of Laura Ingalls Wilder and of how her influential books were conceived, composed, and understood over time,” Powers wrote. “Beyond that, it presents a great slice of American history―cultural, economic, political, demographic, climatological―and of the role of women in the agricultural sphere.”
The book’s author, Caroline Fraser, received praise and a 2018 Pulitzer Prize for her work on Prairie Fires. She will be in Sioux Falls for an author visit from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Orpheum Theatre, 315 North Phillips Avenue.
Her presentation will comprise two sections. The first, “Truth,” will expose some of the harsher realities of the times in which the Ingalls and Wilder families lived. Topics will include the homesteading movement and the challenges that faced farmers (the Plains Indian wars, locusts, blizzards, drought, etc.).
The second, “Fiction,” explains how Wilder turned her real life into stories with the help of her daughter, journalist Rose Wilder Lane. The presentation will go beyond Wilder’s own life to discuss the afterlife of the books, the TV show, and other popular recreations of the Little House experience (Little House sites, plays and fashion).
Registration is not required, although it will guarantee admission to the free event and a reminder email. Register online at www.siouxlandlib.org or with staff at any branch.
For more information, please call Siouxland Libraries Downtown Library at 367-8700, or visit www.siouxlandlib.org.
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