St. Paul writer launches new novel and talks about her process

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Mona Susan Power (Courtesy of the author)

Mona Susan Power introduces her new novel, “A Council of Dolls,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., in conversation with her friend and fellow writer Elizabeth Fletcher. They will talk about the part intuition plays in their writing practices and how some writers surrender to the mystery of a process that is accessed by a trust in the intelligence of our connection to all beings, past and present. Part of their conversation will focus on “A Council of Dolls,” longlisted for a National Book Award. Power says the book felt like a gift from her ancestors rather than a project she chose to write.

Power, who lives in St. Paul, is the author of three previous works of fiction: “The Grass Dancer” (PEN/Hemingway Prize), “Roofwalker” (Milkweed National Fiction Prize), and “Sacred Wilderness” (Electa Quinney Award). A member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, she is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Elizabeth Fletcher’s fiction and nonfiction has appeared in literary journals and elsewhere.

Presented by Literary Witnesses reading series and the Eye of the Heart Center, Tuesday’s program is free and open to the public.

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