Book Discussion: “The Plague of Doves”

Join Saint Paul Public Library staff and other members of the public for a virtual discussion of the One Book, One Minnesota title, The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich.

  • Thursday, December 3, 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 5, 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, December 11, 1:00 p.m.

Registration is required. Staff will email you the link to the online discussion 3-4 days before the event.

Learn more about the One Book, One Minnesota program or download your free copy of the book through Ebooks Minnesota.

And be sure to check out our discussion guide and list of complementary titles for kids and young adults.

The Plague of Doves and further reads

One Book|One Minnesota's latest pick, The Plague of Doves, is a sprawling, multi-generational tale of loss and redemption centered around a murder mystery. Fans of historical fiction, true crime, and complex characters may be drawn into Louise Erdrich's acclaimed novel. Intrigued by the unsolved murder mystery? Fascinated by the cycle of revenge and redemption? Carried away by the historical details and rich cast of characters? Check out the titles below for more great reads on these themes. -- BA

The unsolved murder of a farm family haunts the small, white, off-reservation town of Pluto, North Dakota. The vengeance exacted for this crime and the subsequent distortions of truth transform the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation and shape the passions of both communities for the next generation. -- Provided by publisher.

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One Book | One Minnesota: The Plague of Doves

Just in time for Lousie Erdrich's virtual author discussion on Tuesday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m., here are a dozen books and other resources to help provide background and spark discussion about the fall 2020 One Book | One Minnesota pick, "The Plague of Doves." Minor spoilers ahead. (J.C.)

"Erdrich dissects the harsh realities of an imperiled yet vital culture and unjust laws reaching back to a tragedy in her earlier novel The Plague of Doves." (Booklist)

"Erdrich creates a contained world in the dying prairie town of Pluto, a reservation border village, where white and tribal history come together and where Catholic and traditional spirit worlds, modernity and the forbidding past, all intersect." (Library Journal)

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