Mona Susan Power

Susan Power is a Standing Rock Sioux author from Chicago. She earned her bachelor's degree from Harvard University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fellowships include an Iowa Arts Fellowship, James Michener Fellowship, Radcliffe Bunting Institute Fellowship, Princeton Hodder Fellowship, and USA Artists Fellowship. She lives and teaches in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Terry Shoptaugh

Terry Shoptaugh is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. He has written and published six books on the history of Minnesota and North Dakota, including You Have Been Kind Enough to Assist Me; They Were Ready: The 164th Infantry in the Pacific War; and Red River Floods. His newest book, Sons of the Wild Jackass, relates the rise and decline of the Nonpartisan League in North Dakota. In Sons of the Wild Jackass: The Nonpartisan League in North Dakota Terry Shoptaugh discusses how the Nonpartisan League (NPL) came into existence, became a force in politics and government on the Great Plains, and influenced the nation’s agricultural policies throughout the 20th century. The role of leadership in the League, a major part of the organization’s success -- and its subsequent decline – is a major part of the story.


Heid E. Erdrich

Heid E. Erdrich is the author of seven collections of poetry. Her writing has won fellowships and awards from the National Poetry Series, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Bush Foundation, Loft Literary Center, First People’s Fund, and other honors. She has twice won a Minnesota Book Award for poetry. Heid edited the 2018 anthology New Poets of Native Nations from Graywolf Press. Her new poetry collection is Little Big Bully, published by Penguin. Heid grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota and is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. She lives in Minnesota, but calls North Dakota home.

Patrice Tanaka

Patrice Tanaka is a best-selling author, public speaker on business and life purpose, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of three award-winning, PR & Marketing agencies and the consultancy, Joyful Planet, focused on helping individuals and organizations discover and actively live their purpose to unleash greater success, fulfillment and joy in their personal lives, workplaces and communities. She is the co-author of Beat the Curve and Performance360, where she writes about life and organizational purpose.  Patrice is also the author of Becoming Ginger Rogers…How Ballroom Dancing Made Me a Happier Woman, Better Partner and Smarter CEO, a book about her late-life passion for ballroom dancing and the lessons she learned.

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Chuck Klosterman

AUTHOR CHUCK KLOSTERMAN is the best-selling author of eight nonfiction books, two novels, and a collection of short stories. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, GQ, Esquire, SPIN, The Believer, ESPN, and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He was a founding member of Grantland with Bill Simmons and served as The Ethicist for the New York Times Magazine from 2012 to 2015. Originally from Wyndmere, ND, he graduated from UND in 1994 and currently lives in Portland, OR.

Larry Watson

Larry Watson grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota. He holds BA and MA degrees from the University of North Dakota and a PhD from the University of Utah. Watson is the author of eleven novels, among them Montana 1948, Let Him Go, and, most recently, The Lives of Edie Pritchard. Late Assignments, his collection of poems, was published in 2019. He taught in colleges and universities for over 40 years before retiring from Marquette University.

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Leif Enger

Humanities North Dakota presents North Dakota's statewide book club: One Book One North Dakota. July's writer is one many of us North Dakotans are familiar with, even if he's a Minnesotan. Author of PEACE LIKE A RIVER and VIRGIL WANDER, Leif Enger; interviewed by Bill Thomas! To learn more about the One Book One ND program and to see other joining authors, visit

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Kelsey Timmerman

Humanities North Dakota presents North Dakota's statewide book club program: One Book One North Dakota. For August we were joined by author of WHERE AM I GIVING? Kelsey Timmerman, interviewed by Jamie Ridenhour. Visit to learn more about our One Book One ND program and see the other award-winning authors we're featuring!

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