The Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo Public Libraries are pleased to announce the 2015 One Book, One Community selection “Fractured Land: The Price of Inheriting Oil” by Lisa Westberg Peters. This insightful memoir explores the question of what does an environmentalist do when she realizes she will inherit mineral rights and royalties on fracked oil wells in North Dakota? How does a person decide between financial security and living as a committed conservationist who wants to leave her grandchildren a healthy world? Peters’ research into her family history and her family’s mineral rights takes her to the North Dakota oil patch where she observes both the wealth and the challenges brought to the region by the oil boom. All area residents are encouraged to unite in reading “Fractured Land: The Price of Inheriting Oil” in preparation for the upcoming related events to be held at area public libraries and participating organizations.
This year’s One Book, One Community reading project launches in September and features several events including a community book discussion centered on oil, screenings of the film documentaries “The Overnighters”, “Trafficked”, “Black Gold Boom”, and “When the Land Is Quiet Again”, a Bakken-themed photography exhibit, a genealogy workshop, and other engaging events and programs. This year’s One Book, One Community project will finish with two author events set for October 6. First, Lisa Westberg Peters will be at an invitation only, informal “Tea with the Author” event at the Moorhead Public Library in the afternoon. Later that evening, she will take the stage for an author presentation and book signing at 7 p.m. at The Stage at Island Park.
Copies of the novel are available for check out in several formats (print and ebook) at each of the participating libraries; book club kits are also available. For a list of related events and resources, visit any participating public library, or go to www.1book1community.org.
All One Book, One Community events are free and open to the public. This project is generously supported by the Friends of the Fargo Public Library, the Friends of the West Fargo Public Library, the Friends of the Moorhead Library, and Moorhead Community Education.