Frank Bures: UNDER PURPLE SKIES
Editor Frank Bures and contributor Ahmed Ismail Yusuf return to Dragonfly Books for an author talk featuring the collection, Under Purple Skies: The Minneapolis Anthology. Bures will talk about the anthology he edited and Yusuf will read his poetry included in the collection, followed by a book signing Friday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m.
In recent years, Minneapolis has become a literary powerhouse. Under Purple Skies: The Minneapolis Anthology (Belt 2019) collects some of the most exciting work being done in, or about, Minneapolis and the Twin Cities area, with narrative threads that stretch back not just to Scandinavia, but across the world. The writers included have won, or been shortlisted for, the Newbery Award, the Man Booker prize, the Pulitzer, the Caldecott Award, the National Book Award, the Minnesota Book Award and others. Kelly Barnhill, Marlon James, Kao Kalia Yang, Michael Perry, Bao Phi, Danez Smith, Shannon Gibney and many more, including new and first-time writers, are featured in the anthology.
Frank Bures is the author of The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death and the Search for the Meaning of the World’s Strangest Syndromes (Melville House 2016) and editor of the Lester Literary Update. His stories and essays have appeared in Harper’s, Aeon, Lapham’s Quarterly, Runner’s World, The New Republic, The Washington Post Magazine and other places. They have also been included in the Best American Travel Writing and selected as “Notable” picks for the Best American Sports Writing and the Best American Essays. He is a contributing writer for The Rotarian and a contributing editor for Poets & Writers. He speaks Swahili, Italian and a few other languages less well and lives in Minneapolis.
Ahmed Ismail Yusuf is the author of three books: Gorgorkii Yimi, a collection of short stories in Somali; Somalis in Minnesota (Minnesota Historical Press 2012); and The Lion’s Binding Oath and Other Stories (Catalyst 2018). His short stories have appeared in Bildhaan: International Journal of Somali Studies and Mizna: Arab-American Literary Magazine. His play "A Crack in the Sky" was produced by the History Theatre in St. Paul in February 2018. Other publications have appeared in Journal of Muslim Mental Health, Social Psychiatry, and Psychiatric Epidemiology, the International Society for Traumatic-Stress Studies, and Psychiatry Times.
Everyone is invited to join Dragonfly Books for this free event on Friday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. If you can't attend but would like a book, please call Dragonfly Books at 563-382-4275 to reserve a copy and have it autographed for you.
This event is sponsored by Dragonfly Books at 112 W. Water St., Decorah and is free and open to the public.
In recent years, Minneapolis has become a literary powerhouse. Under Purple Skies: The Minneapolis Anthology collects some of the most exciting work being done in, or about, Minneapolis and the Twin Cities area, with narrative threads that stretch back not just to Scandinavia, but across the world.
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