Diane Wilson’s ‘The Seed Keeper’ Chosen as 2022 ‘A Novel Idea’ Community Reading

This year’s children’s book: “I Can Make This Promise” by Christine Day

BEND, Oregon (KTVZ) – The Deschutes Public Library is pleased to announce The seed keeper in the 2022 selection “A Novel Idea…Read Together”. The book, written by Diane Wilson, was revealed during a virtual event on Sunday.

A children’s book I can make this promise, by Christine Day will also join the growing list of coveted books and notable authors as part of the “A Novel Idea” project.

“Boarding for our 19and ‘A Novel Idea’ readers of the year are invited to delve into two distinct yet deeply rooted books,” said Liz Goodrich, Deschutes Public Library Programs Supervisor. “Day’s novel draws on her own family history, while Wilson blends history and fiction, delivering an inspiring story of Dakota women who protected their family roots and way of life. Both authors are remarkable storytellers, and their connection to the natural world fills every page with hope.

“This year, more than 50 books were nominated and read through the selection process,” Goodrich said. “The committee strives to promote thoughtful topics and bring out emerging authors who have a story to tell. Wilson and Day represent books that revolve around healing generational trauma and family — whether by choice or by blood — and that can come in many different ways.

“A Novel Idea” is the largest community reading program in the state of Oregon with over 9,000 people participating in 2021. The goal is to inspire Deschutes County residents to read, discuss and attend to free cultural and author events to unite our community.

Mark your calendars for April 2022, when programming for “A Novel Idea” kicks off. Throughout the month, readers can explore and develop ideas found in The seed keeper and I can make this promise. The “A Novel Idea” lineup culminates with a free presentation by authors Diane Wilson and Christine Day the first weekend in May. All programs, including author presentations, are free through support of the Deschutes Public Library Foundation.

“We work year-round to provide a platform for our wonderful community of readers, library staff, local businesses and partners to host an event they commit to year after year,” said Goodrich. .

The seed keeper (Editions Milkweed) and I can make this promise (HarperCollins) are offered in e-book and audiobook form with instant downloads available through threshing, a free e-book service available at the library. Physical books can be reserved at the library or purchased at local Deschutes County bookstores.

The library also provides a limited number of book club kits. The bags include 12 copies of the The seed keeper and discussion questions. Book club bags can be reserved through the Library’s online catalog.

About the book: The seed keeper
Rosalie Iron Wing grew up in the woods with her father, Ray, a former science teacher who tells her stories of plants, stars, the origins of the Dakota people. Until one morning, Ray doesn’t return after checking his traps. Warned that she has no family, Rosalie is sent to live with a foster family in Mankato, where the reserved and bookish teenager meets rebellious Gaby Makepeace, in a friendship that transcends the damaged legacies they have inherited. A haunting novel spanning multiple generations, The seed keeper follows a Dakota family’s struggle to preserve their way of life and their sacrifices to protect what matters most.

About the Author: Diane Wilson
Diane Wilson (Dakota) uses her personal experience to illustrate a larger social and historical context. Wilson’s Memoirs Spirit Car: Journey to Dakota’s Past, won a Minnesota Book Award in 2006 and his non-fiction book, Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life, received the 2012 Barbara Sudler Award from History Colorado. She is a descendant of the Mdewakanton Oyate and listed on the Rosebud Reserve. Wilson is currently the executive director of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance.

About the book: I can make this promise
All her life, Edie has known that her mother was adopted by a white couple. So no matter how curious she might be about her Native American heritage, Edie is sure her family has no answers. Until the day she and her friends discover a box hidden in the attic, a box filled with letters signed “Love, Edith” and photos of a woman who looks like her. Suddenly, Edie has a flurry of new questions about this woman who shares her name. I can make this promise is a mid-level debut novel about a girl who uncovers her family’s secrets and finds her own Native American identity.

About the Author: Christine Day

Christine Day (Upper Skagit) grew up in Seattle, nestled between the sea, the mountains and the pages of her favorite books. Her first novel, I can make this promise, was a Best Book of the Year from Kirkus, School Library Journal, NPR, and the Chicago Public Library, as well as a Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book and a Children’s Literature Award Honor Book native american. Day lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

For more information on A Novel Idea, please contact Liz Goodrich at (541) 312-1032 or lizg@deschuteslibrary.org. Check out the “A Novel Idea” website at www.deschuteslibrary.org/novelidea for listings of events as they are scheduled and for author information.

Irene B. Bowles