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Book: Blue Earth, a novel

Blue Earth, a novel by Anya Achtenberg

Modern History Press (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

This page is dedicated to news, publications, events, and discussion related to the novel Blue Earth

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Synopsis

Blue Earth is a compelling novel of Minnesota, a land that guards its secrets. Carver Heinz loses both farm and family in the farm crisis of the 1980s. Displaced into urban Minneapolis, he becomes obsessed with Angie, a beautiful child he rescues from a tornado in an encounter he insists they keep silent. Her close friendship with a Dakota Indian boy fuels Carver’s rage and unleashes a series of events that reveal the haunting power of each character’s past and of their shared histories, especially the 1862 Dakota Conflict and public hanging of 38 Dakota—the largest mass execution in U.S. history.

Dear Writers, Dear Friends,

It’s now been a little while since Blue Earth – my 4th book but my first full-length novel, has been published by Modern History Press in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This is a book I worked on for a very long time, in the midst of which I relocated more than once, saw my second book of poetry, The Stone of Language, published by West End Press, and my novella, The Stories of Devil-Girl, published by Modern History Press, and as well have been working on the novel, History Artist, which received some support from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Since Blue Earth came out, I have been traveling for various book-related events around the country, and I will continue to do so. A calendar of my goings-on appears on this Blue Earth page (search for Calendar), as well as on the calendar page of this website (finally updated!!). You can search that calendar by month, or by state.

Wherever I have read from Blue Earth, wherever I have discussed the characters and issues and the writing of Blue Earth, the response has been powerful and vibrant. When a Blue Earth reading and discussion is paired with a writing workshop, some magical things seem to happen for the participants.

So I am putting out this call, for my novel Blue Earth, for me as a writer and a teacher of creative writing, and asking you to help get news out about this book and my teaching work.

Buy Blue Earth. Ask for it at your favorite local, independent bookstore. Or, you know how. Read it. Get it into more hands. It’s also an e-book. Yup, it is.

Connect me to reviewers at publications you respect; contact me about arranging readings from Blue Earth or my other work; contract me for writer’s workshops, retreats, visiting writer residencies and events at colleges and universities; help to arrange for my participation in conferences and workshops; get the book into your book club, your college courses.

Here is a press packet that can be useful connecting to people for these arrangements, as well as the substantive written and radio interviews listed below—[PressPackage_BlueEarth (1).pdf].

But contact me. A book that took me more than a decade to write, well, there just might be something in it!

Any question I can’t answer about event planning, I will refer you to the publicist helping with Blue Earth and other books for Modern History Press, David Unowsky.

For now, contact me, the author, at aachtenberg at gmail.com or message me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/anya.achtenberg

See the link to the press packet at the end of this letter, below my name.

To contact the publisher, Victor Volkman at Modern History Press:

Call: 734-417-4266, or Email:  Victor at LHPress.com

Thank you all so much.

And good writing and reading to you,

Anya Achtenberg

PressPackage_BlueEarth (1)

TO ORDER BLUE EARTH:

Please order Blue Earth from your favorite local bookstore!!

Or,

Order Blue Earth from Amazon, at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_10?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=blue+earth+achtenberg&sprefix=Blue+Earth%2Cstripbooks%2C0

INTERVIEWS:  WRITTEN, RADIO, PODCASTS; READ/LISTEN AT THE FOLLOWING LINKS:

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A detailed written interview by Anya Achtenberg for Reader Views, with Tyler R. Tichelaar, on the making of the novel Blue Earth, at:

http://www.readerviews.com/InterviewAchtenberg_Blue_Earth.html

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Podcast of interview of Anya Achtenberg with Susan Violante on InsideScoopLive, on issues related to the novel Blue Earth, at:

http://insidescooplive.com/author-pages/Achtenberg-Anya_Blue_Earth.html

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Podcast of interview of Anya Achtenberg by Melissa Rosati on —–BlogTalkRadio   including a reading from Blue Earth, at:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/31voicesmarch/2012/03/25/cuba-artists-activists-reveal-its-secrets-and-future?utm_source=BTRemail&utm_medium=ShowReminder

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Radio interview of Anya Achtenberg by Lynette Reini-Grandell and Anya reading from Blue Earth, on Write On! Radio on KFAI radio in Minneapolis, Minnesota (8/21/12).

“Anya Achtenberg…will be talking about her new novel Blue Earth, a beautifully written book that weaves together inherited grief from many conflicts, including the Minnesota farm crisis of the 1980′s and the 1862 Dakota war. Jay Gabler of the Twin Cities Daily Planet says, “Blue Earth gives the James Michener treatment to a pivotal, and profoundly tragic, event in Minnesota History.”

For information and a link to the podcast:

http://www.authorsairwaves.com/author-reading/anya-achtenber-on-write-on-radio-kfai-fm

To go directly to the podcast of the Blue Earth segment on Write On! Radio KFAI-FM:

http://audio.authorsaccess.com/airwaves/AnyaAchtenberg_WriteON.mp3

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September 15, 2012

Women’s Focus on KUNM-FM in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Discussing the novel Blue Earth with host Carol Boss

http://kunm.org/post/art-writing-demetria-martinez-and-anya-achtenberg

September 24, 2012

Santa Fe Radio Café on KSFR Radio in Santa Fe, NM

Discussing the novel Blue Earth with host Mary-Charlotte Domandi

http://www.santaferadiocafe.org/podcasts/?m=201209

(Scroll to September 24, 2012, 3rd podcast bar)

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REVIEWS AND ARTICLES; READ AT THE FOLLOWING LINKS:

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Mankato Free Press, July 5, 2012

“Harvesting history,” by Tanner Kent, Free Press Features Editor, about Blue Earth, Anya Achtenberg, and the historical and current context of the novel in Blue Earth County and elsewhere in Minnesota.

See the article at:

http://mankatofreepress.com/features/x1501701575/Harvesting-history

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Twin Cities Daily Planet, mini-review and announcement of August 22nd, 2012 reading at SubText Books in St. Paul, a TCDP “Top Pick”:

“Everyone’s doing it in Blue Earth!” So says the cover of a vintage tourism guide. It’s true: a lot has happened in that south-central Minnesota community, and a lot of that history is covered in Anya Achtenberg’s novel. Blue Earth gives the James Michener treatment to a pivotal, and profoundly tragic, event in Minnesota history. - Jay Gabler

For the full announcement, see:

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/events/tcdp-top-pick-anya-achtenberg-presents-her-novel-blue-earth

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Review by Richard R. Blake of Anya Achtenberg’s Blue Earth, at Reader Views:

Blake says, “Blue Earth is superbly written, thoroughly researched, and deeply moving.”

See the full review at:

http://readerviews.com/ReviewAchtenbergBlueEarth.html

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Article discussing my visit to Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania, where I visited a creative writing class, conducted a writing workshop with students and faculty, and gave a reading from Blue Earth. (It was a complete delight!)

See the article here:

http://www2.lvc.edu/lavie/2012/11/07/lebanon-valley-college-offers-readers-writers-series-poet-anya-achtenberg/

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TO ORDER BLUE EARTH:

Order Blue Earth from your favorite local bookstore;

Or,

Order Blue Earth from Amazon, at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_10?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=blue+earth+achtenberg&sprefix=Blue+Earth%2Cstripbooks%2C0

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Calendar of Events and Appearances

since publication of Blue Earth, a novel, in August 2012 (Modern History Press)

AUGUST 2012

Minnesota

August 21, 2012, Write On! Radio at KFAI/Radio Without Boundaries, Minneapolis/St. Paul

http://kfai.org/node/30877

August 22, 2012, at SubText: a Bookstore, Saint Paul, Minnesota

(You can purchase or order Blue Earth at SubText: a Bookstore.)

http://www.facebook.com/events/457212587646362/

SEPTEMBER 2012

New Mexico

September 15, 2012

Women’s Focus on KUNM-FM in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Discussing the novel Blue Earth with host Carol Boss

http://kunm.org/post/art-writing-demetria-martinez-and-anya-achtenberg

(please note, the cover image here is not the image that appears on the book cover)


September 16, 2012

Bookworks in Albuquerque, New Mexico

(You can purchase or order Blue Earth at Bookworks Bookstore.)

http://www.bkwrks.com/event/anya-achtenberg-reads-her-new-book-blue-earth

See also:  http://www.dukecityfix.com/events/anya-achtenberg-reads-from-her-new-book-blue-earth?xg_source=activity

and

http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2012/09/16/entertainment/author-shares-how-to-score-scholarships.html

September 23, 2012

SOMOS Sunday Salon (the Society of the Muse of the Southwest), in Taos, New Mexico

http://www.facebook.com/events/275107479264782/

See also:

http://www.taosnews.com/calendar/event_d089262e-fea1-11e1-8074-034952fa028b.html

September 24, 2012

Santa Fe Radio Café on KSFR Radio in Santa Fe, NM

Discussing the novel Blue Earth with host Mary-Charlotte Domandi

http://www.santaferadiocafe.org/podcasts/?m=201209 (Scroll to September 24, 2012, 3rd podcast bar)

September 24, 2012

Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe, New Mexico

(You can purchase or order Blue Earth at Collected Works Bookstore.)

http://www.collectedworksbookstore.com/event/anya-achtenberg-blue-earth

September 28, 2012

Breaking Borders: Poetry and Performance/ Opening Night

for the Albuquerque Cultural Conference at the Outpost Performance Space,  Albuquerque, New Mexico

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=497592743593211&set=a.497373430281809.121347.130412546977901&type=1&theater

and

http://www.facebook.com/events/146158922190731/

September 29-30

The Albuquerque Cultural Conference: Crossing Borders: Personal, Regional, International. Albuquerque, NM

I presented on various panels along with a stellar gathering of people from the Southwest and elsewhere. Schedule and more information at the links below:

http://albuquerqueculturalconference.org/about/schedule/

and

http://www.facebook.com/notes/albuquerque-cultural-conference/5th-annual-albuquerque-cultural-conference-addresses-borders-ethnic-studies-cult/474890132521665

OCTOBER 2012

Minnesota

October 3, 2012

The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Anya Achtenberg reading from her new novel, Blue Earth, with special guests reading from the anthology The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays

https://www.loft.org/

New York

October 18, 2012

Reading at New York University Bookstore in New York, New York

Flyer here: https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&ik=1762dc4421&view=att&th=13a7a6941a37bd31&attid=0.1&disp=inline&realattid=f_h8ho34lr0&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P_jyyIM95S49EUAwwPp8W33&sadet=1352498650640&sads=ycftzHNWWg4q5eb5qsgGV-hNo2o

Pennsylvania


October 23, 2012

Visiting Writer at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania.

I conducted a class, did a writing workshop, and a public reading.

http://www.lvc.edu/News/archive.aspx?newsid=55329af8-c54d-42fd-ab9d-0481352e97ac&HeadLine=Lebanon%20Valley%20College%20Presents%20Poet%20Anya%20Achtenberg

and

http://www2.lvc.edu/lavie/2012/11/07/lebanon-valley-college-offers-readers-writers-series-poet-anya-achtenberg/

and remember, this poet is writing novels!!

Calendar of Forthcoming Reading and Events:

January 2012


Minnesota

January 17, 2013

Hennepin History Museum, 6:30 – 9 PM

An evening of poetry reading (and a little prose from me!) in the beautiful fireside reception room. Includes a look around the museum if you like, and a wine and cheese reception.


MARCH 2013

Maryland and Washington, D.C.

March 17

The Writer’s Center, Bethesda, Maryland

Reading from Blue Earth

The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda MD 20815

http://www.writer.org/ Details to be posted here at a later date.

Minnesota

March 22-23, 2013

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Keynote Speaker for the More Than Writing Conference

(website below to be updated at a later date; details to come on my other activities that weekend)

http://english.mnsu.edu/morethanwriting/index.htm

March 25, 2013

Southwest Minnesota State University

Reading (and discussion) from my novel Blue Earth.

APRIL 2013

New York

April 19, 5 p.m.:

New York University’s Creative Writing Program’s

Spring 2013 Alumni Reading, Wine and Cheese Reception, and Book Signing.

58 West 10th Street, New York, NY

More information to follow.

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TO ORDER BLUE EARTH:

Order Blue Earth from your favorite local bookstore;

Or,

Order Blue Earth from Amazon, at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_10?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=blue+earth+achtenberg&sprefix=Blue+Earth%2Cstripbooks%2C0

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