Read Diane Wilson’s “The Seed Keeper” community as “A Novel Idea” 2022


This year’s children’s book: “I Can Make This Promise” by Christine Day

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Deschutes Public Library is pleased to announce The keeper of the seeds such as the 2022 “A Novel Idea… Read Together” selection. The book, written by Diane Wilson, was revealed at a virtual event on Sunday.

A children’s book, I can make this promise, by Christine Day will also join the growing list of coveted books and notable authors as part of the “A Novel Idea” project.

“Boarding on our 19e “A Novel Idea” Readers of the Year are invited to delve into two distinct but deeply rooted books, “said Liz Goodrich, Program Supervisor at Deschutes Public Library. “Day’s novel draws on the history of her own family, while Wilson mixes history and fiction, delivering an inspiring story of Dakota women who have protected their family seeds and their way of life. Both authors are remarkable storytellers, and their connection to the natural world fills every page with hope.

“This year, over 50 books were nominated and read as part of the selection process,” said Goodrich. “The committee strives to promote thoughtful topics and bring out emerging authors who have a story to tell. Wilson and Day represent books that revolve around healing generational and family trauma, whether by choice or by blood, and which can take many forms.

“A Novel Idea” is the largest community reading program in the State of Oregon with over 9,000 people participating in 2021. The goal is to inspire residents of Deschutes County to read, chat and attend to free cultural and author events to unite our community.

Mark your calendars for April 2022, when the “A Novel Idea” lineup begins. Throughout the month, readers can explore and share ideas found in The keeper of the seeds and I can make this promise. The “A Novel Idea” program ends with a free presentation of authors Diane Wilson and Christine Day on the first weekend of May. All programs, including author presentations, are free thanks to support from the Deschutes Public Library Foundation.

“We work year-round to provide a platform for our wonderful community of readers, library staff, local businesses and partners to organize an event that they commit to year after year,” said Goodrich.

The keeper of the seeds (Milkweed editions) and I can make this promise (HarperCollins) are offered as an eBook and audiobook with instant downloads available through threshing, a free electronic book service available at the Library. Physical books can be reserved at the library or purchased at local Deschutes County bookstores.

The library also provides a limited number of book club kit bags. The bags include 12 copies of the The keeper of the seeds and discussion questions. Book club bags can be reserved through the Library’s online catalog.

About the book: The keeper of the seeds
Rosalie Iron Wing grew up in the woods with her father, Ray, a former science teacher who tells her stories about plants, stars, the origins of the Dakota people. Until one morning Ray came back from checking his traps. Says she has no family, Rosalie is sent to live with a foster family in nearby Mankato, where the reserved and bookish teenager meets rebel Gaby Makespeace, in a friendship that transcends the damaged legacy of which they inherited. A haunting novel spanning several generations, The keeper of the seeds follows a Dakota family’s struggle to preserve their way of life and their sacrifices to protect what matters most.

About the Author: Diane Wilson
Diane Wilson (Dakota) uses her personal experience to illustrate a larger social and historical context. Wilson’s memoirs, Spirit Car: journey to a dakota past, won a Minnesota Book Award in 2006 and his non-fiction book, Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life, received the 2012 Barbara Sudler Award from History Colorado. She is a descendant of Mdewakanton Oyate and registered on the Rosebud reserve. Wilson is currently Executive Director of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance.

About the book: I can make this promise
All her life, Edie knew her mom was adopted by a white couple. So no matter how curious she is about her Native American heritage, Edie is sure her family has no answers. Until the day when she and her friends discover a box hidden in the attic, a box full of letters signed “Love, Edith” and photos of a woman who looks like her. Suddenly Edie has a flurry of new questions about this woman who shares his name. I can make this promise is a first-intermediate-level novel about the story of a girl who discovers her family’s secrets and discovers her own Native American identity.

About the author: Christine Day

Christine Day (Upper Skagit) grew up in Seattle, nestled between the sea, the mountains and the pages of her favorite books. His first novel, I can make this promise, was a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus, the School Library Journal, the NPR, and the Chicago Public Library, as well as a Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book and Literature Award Honor Book Indian for American youth. Day lives in the Pacific Northwest with his family.

For more information on A Novel Idea, please contact Liz Goodrich at (541) 312-1032 or Visit the New Idea website at for lists of events as they are scheduled and for author information.


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