One Book, One Minnesota

One Book | One Minnesota is a new statewide book club that invites Minnesotans of all ages to read a common title and come together virtually to enjoy, reflect and discuss.

Through their local libraries, Minnesotans are invited to read the featured book selection and will have access to author videos, reading guides, and virtual book club discussions.

The April/May 2020 selection was Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. All Minnesotans were invited to participate in a statewide virtual discussion with the author on Wednesday, May 20th at 1 pm. Information about the discussion is at:

The 2020 summer selection was A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, a collection of essays edited by Shing Yun-Shin. More information and a recording of the virtual discussion can be found at

The Third Chapter (late fall 2020) featured The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich. A recording of the virtual discussion is available here:

The Fifth chapter featured Slider by Pete Hautman. A recording of the virtual discussion is available here:

The Fifth Chapter features Murder on the Red River by Marcie R. Rendon.

Murder on the Red River by Marcie R. Rendon [book cover]

Murder on the Red River is Marcie Rendon’s debut mystery novel. In it the reader is introduced to Cash, a tough, 19-year-old Anishinaabe woman who was taken away from the reservation as a child and grew up in more foster homes than she can remember. Now a farm laborer and pool shark in Fargo, ND, Cash’s life changes when a dead body is found on the Minnesota side of the Red River and her longtime friend, Sheriff Wheaton, enlists her to help solve the case.  

Marcie Rendon is an enrolled member of the White Earth Anishinaabe Nation. She is a recipient of the Loft’s Inroads Writers of Color Award for Native Americans and the 2020 McKnight Distinguished Artist Award. She is the creative mind behind Raving Native Theater and has curated community-created performances like Art Is..Creative Native Resilience. She is the author of a children’s book, Pow Wow Summer and a second mystery novel featuring Cash, Girl Gone Missing. Marcie Rendon has stories, poetry, and essays featured in several anthologies.  

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library will host a discussion with Marcie Rendon via Zoom on Tuesday, August 31st at 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Sign up here.

MLCL librarians will host a follow-up discussion after the August 31st conversation. The Zoom discussion will be held on September 8 at 7 pm. Registration is required to access the Zoom meeting. Sign up here.

Links to resources and more information can be found at

One Book | One Minnesota is presented by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, in partnership with State Library Services and sponsored by Spire Credit Union. Program partners also include Blackstone Audio; Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators; Mackin VIAMinitex; the Minnesota Department of Education; and Soho Press. This program is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, as well as through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  


  • One Book, One Minnesota

    Learn more about the program from The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.

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  • Author Conversation

    Register to attend the virtual conversation with Marcie R. Rendon on 8/31 at 7 pm.

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  • Follow-Up with Librarians

    Register to discuss the book with local librarians on 9/8 at 7 pm.

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  • Read or Listen on EBooks MN

    Slider is available on Ebooks MN's biblioboard until September 26, 2021.

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  • Plum Creek Catalog

    See if physical books are available at your local library.

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