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Thomas Maltman, Benjamin Percy, and Peter Geye present 'Words with Wolves'

Words with Wolves: Three Minnesota based novelists read from new and recent novels. All of the novels have wolves in them.

Red Moon- Benjamin Percy

They live among us. 

They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers. They change.

When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is.

Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero. Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy. 

So far, the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs. But the night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge...and the battle for humanity will begin.

Benjamin Percy was born in the high desert of Central Oregon. He is the author of two novels, Red Moon (coming in May 2013, published by Grand Central/Hachette) and The Wilding (Graywolf Press, 2010), as well as two books of stories, Refresh, Refresh (Graywolf Press, 2007) and The Language of Elk (Grand Central/Hachette 2013; Carnegie Mellon, 2006).

His fiction and nonfiction have been read on National Public Radio, performed at Symphony Space, and published by Esquire (where he is a contributing editor), GQ, Time, Men's Journal, Outside, the Wall Street Journal, the Paris Review, Tin House, Glimmer Train, Ploughshares, and many other magazines and journals.

His honors include an NEA fellowship, the Whiting Writers' Award, the Plimpton Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics.

His story "Refresh, Refresh" was adapted into a graphic novel -- co-authored by filmmaker James Ponsoldt and illustrated by Eisner-nominated artist Danica Novgorodoff -- that First Second Books (a division of Macmillan) published in 2009. He is currently at work on the adaptation of The Wilding with filmmaker Guillermo Arriaga (Babel, 21 Grams). And in 2014, Grand Central/Hachette will publish his third novel, The Dead Lands, a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark passage.

You can learn more about him at

Little Wolves- Thomas Maltman

A tragic act of violence echoes through a small Minnesota town
Set on the Minnesota prairie in the late 1980s during a drought season that’s pushing family farms to the brink,Little Wolves features the intertwining stories of a father searching for answers after his son commits a heinous murder, and a pastor’s wife (and washed-out scholar of early Anglo-Saxon literature) who has returned to the town for mysterious reasons of her own. A penetrating look at small-town America from the award-winning author of The Night Birds, Little Wolves weaves together elements of folklore and Norse mythology while being driven by a powerful murder mystery; a page-turning literary triumph.
“A complicated portrait of a prairie town, a meditation on violence, a fantasia of myth and folklore, and a knockout murder mystery, Little Wolves is haunting, at times terrifying, a gothic cousin to Kent Haruf’s Plainsong. I loved this book.”
—Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon, The Wilding and Refresh, Refresh
“The poetry of this prose and the suspense of the plot, along with the intensity of characterization will have many readers comparing Thomas Maltman to Cormac McCarthy—that greatest of compliments—for very good reason. This novel is a work of high art by the real thing.”
—Laura Kasischke, author of Space, in Chains and The Life Before Her Eyes
“An ambitious mythic thriller that hums with energy and portent. Set under brooding prairie skies, Little Wolves has modern psychoses and generational wickedness,ravening devils and uneasy saints. It shifts and dodges like wind, and it rings with conviction and confidence.”
—Leif Enger, author of Peace Like A River
Thomas Maltman’s essays, poetry, and fiction have been published in many literary journals. He has an MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato. His first novel, The Night Birds, won an Alex Award, a Spur Award, and the Friends of American Writers Literary Award. In 2009 the American Library Association chose The Night Birds as an “Outstanding Book for the College Bound.” He’s taught for four years at Normandale Community College and lives in the Twin Cities area. Little Wolves is his second novel.

What They're Saying about The Lighthouse Road:
"No author today writes from a sense of place as brilliantly as Peter Geye. Geye's The Lighthouse Road takes place in a broodingly atmospheric Northern Minnesota, peopled by tragic characters so influenced by their unforgiving environment, they can't recognize love when they see it. This is a story that lingers long after you turn the last page."
—Melanie Benjamin, author of Alice I Have Been

"We've all appreciated books set in America 's western frontier because of the way that hardship reveals the extremes of human nature. In The Lighthouse Road, I was captivated by the portrayal of the main characters. I was chilled by the vivid descriptions of the logging camp and Lake Superior. But most of all, what great storytelling. I slowed down reading to try to make the book last longer, even as I stayed up through the night to find consolation. Thank you for putting this treasure into my hands."
—Anne Storan, Paragraphs Books, Mount Vernon, OH

"To be submerged in the frothing, watery world of Peter Geye's The Lighthouse Road is to be baptized anew in the promise of American letters. I defy you to bear witness to the tormented tenderness of Odd Eide, to suffer and love and row beside him in his skiff, without throwing down your nets. Here is an epic that spans more than generations. Here is an epic that spans the topography between hell-dark bear dens and moonlit lake water. Here is a novel that charts the whole of the human heart."
—Bruce Machart, author of The Wake of Forgiveness

"The Lighthouse Road is a small marvel of a book. The story is set in northern Minnesota in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and Geye's expert rendering of a time long past -- the brutality of backwoods logging camps, the heartbreak of an era when immigration meant never going home again, the logistics of whiskey-running -- is matched by the complexity and depth of his characters. A beautifully written, elegantly constructed novel."
—Emily St. John Mandel

"Peter Geye writes with the mesmerizing power of the snowstorms that so often come howling off Lake Superior. I am in awe of how he swirls through so many years and juggles so many characters, all of them unforgettable and weighed down by secrets and regrets and desires that burn through the hoarfrost of Geye's bristling sentences."
—Benjamin Percy

"The Lighthouse Road is exciting, moving, surprising, and original. I highly recommend it for individual enjoyment and for lively book club discussions."
--Nancy Simpson Brice, Book Vault, IA

“The idea of encapsulating any good novel in two or three sentences is silly. Good novels are all similar in one way: they are messy. And complicated. The simple facts of this book contain whiskey, an apothecary, fish and boats. Peter Geye, in The Lighthouse Road has created a world that is great fun to inhabit for however many, or few, hours it takes.”
—Hans Weyandt, Micawber's Books, MN

“Peter Geye is a real talent. I always have a special respect for writers who can capture a sense of place. He reminds me of the good books by Ivan Doig and Leif Enger, with some of the classic old men of the sea thrown in….An intricate narrative perfectly balanced and hand-carved, not unlike Odd's boat.”
—Geoffrey Jennings, Next Chapter Bookshop

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