Erika Bolstad - Windfall - Coffee and Book Club
Join Rediscovered Books in welcoming Erika Bolstad the author of memoir, Windfall: The Prairie Woman Who Lost Her Way and the Great-Granddaughter Who Found Her for an in-person Coffee and Book Club chat. Event ticket includes a pre-release copy of the book at the time of ticket purchase, and a chance to visit with the author for our first ever coffee and book club, includes coffee and tasty noshes from Alia's Coffee House. Book releases to the public on 1/17/2023. Event is open to the public, registration required.
About The Book:
Erika Bolstad is a journalist and filmmaker in Portland, Ore., and the author of Windfall. In her career as a journalist, she has traveled from Alaska to Miami to tell stories about the effects of climate change. For her book, Windfall, she ventures to more personal terrain: The oil fields of North Dakota and the story behind a mysterious family bequest. Shortly before her mother died, she revealed that Erika would inherit potentially valuable mineral rights near the Bakken oil fields. She was shocked to learn she had inherited mineral rights in North Dakota in the throes of an oil bonanza. Determined to unearth the story behind her unexpected inheritance, she followed the trail to her great-grandmother, Anna, who her family had painted to be a courageous homesteader who paved her way in the unforgiving American West. inspiring Erika to set out for North Dakota to investigate the bequest from from a great grandmother who'd vanished from the historical record.
But, Bolstad discovers a darker truth about Anna than her family had ever shared. With journalistic rigor, she unearths a history of environmental exploitation and genocide as well as the modern-day consequences of the Great Plains Dream: we could be rich. Along the way, Erika confronts the myths of the West and how they shaped not only the women of her family, but the wider American story.
About The Author:
Erika Bolstad is a journalist and filmmaker in Portland, Oregon, and the author of Windfall. Erika spent a decade in Washington, D.C., covering politics and environmental issues of Climatewire and the McClatchy Washington Bureau. In 2008, she was a Pulitzer finalist for work at the Idaho Statesman. She was also a staff writer for the Miami Herald, where she covered Hurricane Katrina and other national stories. As a journalist, she traveled from Alaska to Miami to tell stories about the effects of climate change. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Scientific American and many other publications.