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Story Time & Book Signing: Staci Lola Drouillard

May 25 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm


Join Staci Lola Drouillard for a story-time and book-signing at Zenith Bookstore as she presents her debut children’s book A Family Tree. A modern-day twist to The Giving Tree, this book chronicles the changes brought upon a beloved family tree that must be uprooted and planted on new land, and celebrates resiliency, family bonds, and our deep connection to and responsibility for nature.

Grandma’s garden was not just any garden. It was where a spruce tree, only as tall as baby Francis, reached her roots into the soil and stretched her branches toward the sky. Here, on the shore of Gichigaming, is where Francis and the sapling felt right at home. But when Grandma and Grandpa decide to move away, Francis wants to take the tree with them — can they?

Brimming with tenderness, this story from Staci Lola Drouillard (Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe descendant), with illustrations by Kate Gardiner (Chaubunagungamaug band of Nipmuck Indians), traces the journey of one family, and a little tree, as they adapt to change by drawing on the strength of their roots.

Staci Lola Drouillard lives and works in her hometown of Kitchibitobig — Grand Marais, on Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior. Her first book for adults, Walking the Old Road: A People’s History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe, won the Hamlin Garland Prize in Popular History, the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for nonfiction, and was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. Her second book, Seven Aunts, won the 2023 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir and Creative Nonfiction. Staci works as a radio producer for WTIP North Shore Community Radio and authors the monthly column Nibi Chronicles for Great Lakes Now, a branch of Detroit Public Media.

This event is free and open to the public. The book will be released on May 7, and can be pre-ordered at zenithbookstore.com .


May 25
10:30 am - 11:30 pm


Zenith Bookstore
318 N Central Avenue
Duluth, MN 55807 United States
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