MahtoREADi was established with the goal of promoting literacy, fostering community, cultivating intergenerational connections and encouraging exposure to diverse cultures.
We are excited to announce the MahtoREADi 2023 book selection:
SINISTER GRAVES by Marcie Rendon
SET IN 1970s MINNESOTA, WHITE EARTH NATION AUTHOR MARCIE R. RENDON’S AWARD-WINNING CASH BLACKBEAR SERIES RETURNS IN A THRILLING, POIGNANT MYSTERY WHERE 19-YEAR-OLD CASH MUST UNCOVER THE TRUTH BEHIND THE DISAPPEARANCES OF INDIGENOUS WOMEN.
6:30-7:00 PM: Book Signing
7:00-8:00 PM: Author discussion
8:00-8:30 PM: Q & A
An enrolled citizen of the White Earth Nation in what is now called Minnesota, Marcie R. Rendon grew up in the Red River Valley. In the middle of rural America, reading was a lifeline for Marcie. Reading led to writing.
Although no one told her she could grow up to be a writer, she always wrote poetry and stories. She wrote her way through college, earning degrees in Criminal Justice and American Indian Studies, followed by a master’s degree in Human Development.
While working in Native American prison programs, youth adolescent sexual assault programs, and inpatient sexual addiction programs, Marcie continued to write, stuffing everything into dresser drawers until one day she decided to “make a living as a writer.” That decision led her to write across many genres: journalism, poetry, plays, work with classical composers, short stories, children’s books, and, eventually, her Cash Blackbear Mystery series.
Marcie draws inspiration from rural life, where there are many secrets, some of them deadly. By writing her truth (as fiction), she has been able to reach and educate a broad audience about current Native American issues. In 2018, Rendon was recognized as a 50 over 50 Change-maker by AARP Minnesota and Pollen. In 2020, she was the first Native American woman to receive the McKnight Foundation’s Distinguished Artist Award and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Adler University for her years of work as a distinguished social justice champion, author, and arts activist. She currently lives in Minneapolis.