Reading Ideas & More
Each year, The Friends presents a number of annual series as well as individual programs. For a number of these programs, reading lists or other background materials have been created as resources for attendees, library patrons, and Friends members.
Reading Lists and Other Resource Guides:
- Chicano & Latino Writers Festival
- Labor History for Adults
- Labor History for Children and Teens
- Fireside Authors: Lists from 2005 & 2004
- Fireside Authors: List from Past Years
- Human Rights Videos
- Medieval and Renaissance Music
For 10 years, the Chicano and Latino Writers Festival featured local and national writers including Isabel Allende, Esmeralda Santiago, Luis Rodriguez and Juan Felipe Herrera, as well as nationally recognized Minnesota writers such as Ray Gonzalez, Sandra Benitez and George Rabasa.
A selection of recommended readings and other materials from the Chicano & Latino Writers Festival:
City of a Hundred Fires
Directions to the Beach of the Dead
H. G. Carrillo
Loosing My Espanish
Lorena Duarte & Emmanuel Ortiz, eds.
Under What Bandera: Anti-War Ofrendas from Minnesota and Califas
Almost a Woman
The Turkish Lover
When I Was Puerto Rican
Vicente Cabrera Funes
El hortelano de Ulba
La noche del té y el gaban
La sombra del espía
Los amantes malditos de Carolina
Nina Marie Martinez
Honey Blonde Chica
How to be a Chicana Role Model
The Floating Kingdom
Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuna
Magic of Blood
Woodcuts of Women
Autopsy of an Engine
What Night Brings
Dogs from Illusion
The Untold Stories series was created in 1998 to present programs on topics of labor history, particularly with a focus on local issues. To date, the series has presented approximately 50 free public talks, tours, films, dramas and other events in celebration of the labor movement and workers' lives. The reading list below was developed in 1998 for the first series of programs, and has been updated every year to reflect new works and presenters in the series. As always, consult your neighborhood librarian for additional suggestions or materials on labor history.
A Selection of Labor History Materials for Adults Available from the Saint Paul Public Library
Rosalyn Baxandall and Linda Gordon, editors. America's Working Women: A Documentary History. (HD6095.A662)
Stewart Bird. Solidarity Forever (HD8055.I4 B47)
Dennis Boyer, Snow on the Rails: Tales of Heartland Railroading (FICTION).
Richard O. Boyer and Herbert M. Morais. Labor's Untold Story. (HD8072 .B695)
Jeremy Brecher. Strike! Revised edition. (HD5324 .B7)
Mari Jo Buhle, et al. Encyclopedia of the American Left. (Reference HX86.E58)
Peggie Carlson. The Girls Are Coming. (F614.M59 N43)
Constance Coiner. Better Red: The Writing and Resistance of Tillie Olsen and Meridel Le Sueur. (PS3565 .L82 Z613)
Farrell Dobbs. Teamster Rebellion (HD5325.M7952 1934 D63 1972)
Melvyn Dubofsky. John L. Lewis: A Biography. (HD6509 .G4D8)
Foster Rhea Dulles and Melvyn Dubofsky. Labor in America: A History. (HD8066 .D88C2)
Sara Evans. Tidal Wave: How Women Changed America at Century's End. (HQ1426 .E938 2003)
Elizabeth Faue. Writing the Wrongs: Eva Valesh and the Rise of Labor Journalism. (PN4874.V25 F38 2002 (BIOG)
Liza Featherstone. Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Wal-Mart. (HD6060.5.U5 F4)
Susan Ferriss. The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Movement. (HD6509 .C48 F47)
Philip Foner. Women and the American Labor Movement: From WWI to the Present. (HD6079.2 .V5F65)
Emma Goldman. Living My Life. Volumes 1 and 2. (HX843 .G6 A354)
Samuel Gompers. Seventy Years of Life and Labor: An Autobiography. Edited by Nick Salvatore. (HD8073 .G6 A3)
Rick Halpern. Down on the Killing Floor: Black and White Workers in Chicago's Packinghouses, 1904-54. (HD8039.P152 U538)
Ben Hamper. Rivethead: Tales from the Assembly Line. (HD 8073.H26 A3)
John Hoerr. We Can't Eat Prestige : The Women Who Organized Harvard.
(LD2120 .H64 1997)
Jacqueline Jones. Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow. (HD6057.5 .U5 J66)
Jacqueline Jones. American Work: Four Centuries of Black and White Labor. (E185.8.J767)
Mother Jones. The Autobiography of Mother Jones. (HD8073 .J6A3)
Joyce L. Kornbluh. Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology. (HD8055 .I5 K8)
Peter Kwong. Forbidden Workers: Illegal Chinese Immigrants and American Labor. (HD8081 .C5 K85)
Meridel Le Sueur. Ripening, Selected Work by Meridel Le Sueur. Edited by Elaine Hedges. (PS3523 .E79 A6)
Meridel Le Sueur. Worker Writers. (PE1449 .L64W)
Martin Jay Levitt. Confessions of a Union Buster. (HD6490.072 U6493)
Nelson Lichtenstein. The Most Dangerous Man in Detroit: Walter Reuther and the Fate of American Labor. (HD6509.R4 C53)
Elders' Wisdom, Children's Song . (FOLK & NAT - AUDCASS)
It Takes a Lot of People. (FOLK & NAT - CD)
Living in a Rich Man's World. (C&W - CD)
Run For Freedom, Sweet Thunder. (FOLK & NAT - CD)
Well May the World Go. (FOLK & NAT - CD)
George Mayer. The Political Career of Floyd B. Olson (F606.O484)
William Millikan. A Union Against Unions: The Minneapolis Citizens Alliance and Its Fight Against Organized Labor, 1903-1947. (HD6519.M6 M55)
Mark Nowak. Shut Up, Shut Down. (PS3614.O96 S55)
Irene Paull. Irene: Selected Writings of Irene Paull. Edited by Gayla Ellis, Kevin FitzPatrick, et al. (PS3531 .A876 A6)
Peter Rachleff: Hard-Pressed in the Heartland: The Hormel Strike and the Future of the Labor Movement. (HD5325.A877)
Starving Amidst Too Much. (HD8039.F72 T367 2005)
Roger and Me. (VIDCASS)
Cheri Register. Packinghouse Daughter: A Memoir. (F614.A27 R44)
David Roediger: Fellow Worker: The Life of Fred Thompson (HD8073.T56 A3)
Wages of Whiteness (HD4903.5.U58 R64)
Salvatore Salerno. Red November, Black November (HD8055.I4 S25)
Nick Salvatore. Eugene Debs: Citizen and Socialist. (HX84 .D3 S23)
Tom Selinski. Spies in Steel: The Dollar-a-Day Man. (VIDCASS)
Dennis Valdés. Barrios Norteños: St. Paul and Midwestern Mexican Communities in the 20th Century. (F614.S4 V35)
The Willmar 8. Directed by Lee Grant. Video available from California Newsreel, 1980.
Mary Wingerd. Claiming the City: Politics, Faith, and the Power of Place in St. Paul. (F614.S4 W77 2001)
Who Built America? Working People & the Nation's Economy, Politics, Culture & Society. American Social History Project. (HD8066.W47)
Howard Zinn. A People's History of the United States. (E178.1 .756)
S. Beth Atkin. Voices From the Fields: Children of Migrant Farmers Tell Their Stories. (jHV741 .V65)
Penny Colman. Mother Jones and the March of the Mill Children. (jHD6095 .C64)
Penny Colman. Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II. (jHD6095 .C64)
Penny Colman. Strike! The Bitter Struggle of American Workers From Colonial Times to the Present. (jHD5324 .C544)
Stephen Currie. We Have Marched Together: The Working Children's Crusade. (jHD6247 .T42 V63)
Joan Dash. We Shall Not Be Moved: The Women's Factory Strike of 1909. (jHD5325 .C62 1909 N48)
Patricia and Fredrick McKissack. A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter. (jHD8039 .R37 V46)
Milton Meltzer. Bread and Roses: The Struggle of American Labor 1865-1915. (HD8072 .M328 - suggested for teens)
Milton Meltzer. Cheap Raw Material: How Our Youngest Workers are Exploited and Abused. (TEEN HD6250 .V3 M45)
David L. Parker. Stolen Dreams: Portraits of Working Children. (jHD6231 .P37)
Victoria Sherrow. The Triangle Factory Fire. (jF128.5 .S53)
For More Resources: The joint website of the Labor Education Service of the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota AFL-CIO - Workday Minnesota - offers a wealth of additional resources on labor history, including a series of articles on St. Paul labor history originally published in the Union Advocate, the newspaper of the St. Paul Trades and Labor Assembly. On Workday Minnesota, you will also find additional reading lists on labor history, links to websites of labor songs, and sections on women workers and African-American labor leaders. Click on the Workday Minnesota logo below to visit the site:
Based at the Saint Paul Public Library's Hamline Midway Branch, the Fireside series offers complimentary refreshments, post-reading discussion and a roaring fire in the Library's hearth. Authors' books are available for check-out free from the library, or may be purchased at the readings.
Selected books by 2005 Fireside Authors
Haunted Ground. Scribner, 2003.
Lake of Sorrows. Scribner, 2004.
Live at Five. Harvest Book.
All American Dream Girls. Milkweed Editions.
Somebody Else's Mama. Milkweed Editions, 1995.
The Full Matilda. Harlem Moon, 2004.
Frederick Manfred: A Daughter Remembers. Minnesota Historical Society Press.
American Roads. Overlook/Viking Press.
Yellow Squash Woman. Thorp Springs Press.
My Only Home. Red Dragonfly Press, 2004.
A Walking Fire. SUNY Press, 1994.
Range of Light. Zoland Books, 1998.
The Low Road. East Lansing: Michigan State University, 2001.
Abundant Light. East Lansing: Michigan State University, 2004.
The Grass Dancer. New York: Berkeley Publishing Group, 1994.
Roofwalker. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2002.
Indian Givers. Crown Publishers, 1988.
Native Words. Crown Publishers, 1991.
History of Money. Crown Publishers, 1997.
Genhis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. Crown Publishers, 2004
Selected Books by 2004 Fireside Authors
Believers. Vintage Books, 1998.
The Feast of Love. Pantheon, 2000.
Saul & Patsy. Pantheon, 2003.
Shadow Play. WW Norton, 1993.
Bitter Grounds. Picador USA, 1998.
Night of the Radishes. Hyperion, 2004.
A Place Where the Sea Remembers. Touchstone, 1995.
The Weight of All Things. Hyperion, 2001.
Toward the Livable City. Milkweed Editions, 2003.
Children of Strangers. Southern Methodist University Press, 1993.
Polonaise. Southern Methodist University Press, 1999.
Time Between Trains. Southern Methodist University Press, 2003.
Tokens of Grace. Pub Group West, 1990.
Where No Gods Came. University of Michigan Press, 2003.
Aching for Beauty. Anchor Books/Doubleday, 2002.
Foreign Devil. Coffee House Press, 1996.
The Magic Whip. Coffee House Press, 2003.
Of Flesh and Spirit. Coffee House Press, 1998.
2003: Kate DiCamillo, Ray Gonzalez, Norah Labiner, Brian Malloy, Lyda Morehouse, Mai Neng Moua
2002: Sharon Chmielarz, Pete Hautman & Mary Logue, Jim Heynen, John Minczeski, Bart Schneider, Sarah Stonich
2001: Emily Carter, Louis Jenkins, Mark Nowak, Wang Ping, Roger Sheffer and Susan Steger Welsh
2000: Jonis Agee, Carol Bly, Barrie Jean Borich, Marjorie Dorner, Alexs Pate and John Rezmerski
1999: Philip Bryant, Alvin Greenberg, Ellen Hawley, Alison McGhee, Valerie Miner and Barton Sutter
1998: Heid Erdrich, Paul Gruchow, Syl Jones, Judith Katz, Roseann Lloyd and Susan Welch
1997: David Haynes, Lorna Landvik, Bea Exner Liu, John Reinhard, Faith Sullivan and Diego Vázquez, Jr.
1996: Norita Dittberner-Jax, Diane Glancy, David Mura and Julie Schumacher
1995: Ellen Hart, David Haynes, Alexs Pate and Barton Sutter
In 2004, The Friends received a grant from National Video Resources and American Library Association, with support from the MacArthur and Ford Foundations. The grant included a list of thirteen videos, currently circulating through the Library system.
Behind the Labels: Garment Workers on U. S. Saipan. (HD8039.C62 M37 2001 (VIDCASS)
Bombies. (UF860 .B66 2001 (VIDCASS)
Books Not Bars. (HV9276.5 .B66 2001 (VIDCASS)
Calling the Ghosts: a Story about Rape, War and Women. (DR1313.7.P74 C35 1996 (VIDCASS)
Every Mother's Son. (HV8141 .E94 2004 (VIDCASS)
Going to School.
Justice and the Generals. ( HV6322.3.S2 J87 2002 (VIDCASS)
Life and Debt. (HC154 .L54 2003 (DVD)
Long Night's Journey into Day: South Africa's Search for Truth & Reconciliation. (DT1757 .L66 2000 (VIDCASS)
Promises. (DT1757 .L66 2000 (VIDCASS)
State of Denial. (RA644.A25 S69 2003 (VIDCASS)
Well-Founded Fear. (KF4836 .R63 2000 (VIDCASS)
For the past five years, The Friends has presented a number of workshops and performances by The Rose Ensemble, Saint Paul's premiere vocal ensemble for early music. The workshops were conducted by Jordan Sramek, the Ensemble's founder and artistic director, who also compiled the following resource lists. Click on the logo below for information The Rose Ensemble's concerts, programs and CDs.
Recommended Readings & Recordings Compiled by Jordan Sramek
Apel, Willi. Gregorian Chant. Indiana University Press, 1990.
Bobko, Jane. Vision: The Life and Music of Hildegard von Bingen. Viking, 1995.
Boyd, Anne. Life in a Medieval Monastery: Durham Priory in the Fifteenth Century. Cambridge University Press, 1987.
De Hamel, Christopher. Scribes and Illuminators. Phaidon Press, 1997.
Duffin, Ross W., ed. A Performer's Guide to Medieval Music. Indiana University Press, 2000.
Fowells, Robert M. Chant Made Simple. Paraclete Press, 2000.
Graduale Triplex. Abbaye Saint-Pierre, Solesmes, France, 1998.
The Gregorian Missal for Sundays. Abbaye Saint-Pierre, Solesmes, France, 1990.
McGee, Timothy. Medieval and Renaissance Music: A Performer's Guide. University of Toronto Press, 1985.
McGee, Timothy, ed. Singing Early Music. Indiana University Press, 1996.
Tillotson, John H. Monastery and Society in the Late Middle Ages: Selected Account Rolls for Selby Abbey, Yorkshire, 1398-1537. Boydell and Brewer, 1988.
Anonymous 4. Hildegard von Bingen: 11,000 Virgins. Harmonia Mundi 907200, 1997.
The Rose Ensemble. Fire of the Soul, 2003.
The Rose Ensemble. The Road to Compostela, 2002.
The Rose Ensemble. Seasons of Angels, 2001.
Schola Gregorina Pragensis. Liturgical Year. Supraphon SU 3271-2 231, 1997.
Sequentia. Hildegard: Ordo Virtutum. Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 749249-8.
Sequentia. Hildegard: Symphoniae. Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 749251-2.
Sequentia. Visions from the Book. Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77347.
Sequentia. Vox Iberica I, Sons of Thunder. Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77199-2.