One Book | One Minnesota

One Book | One Minnesota is a new statewide book club that invites Minnesotans of all ages to read a common title and come together virtually to enjoy, reflect and discuss.

Through their local libraries, Minnesotans are invited to read the featured book selection and will have access to author videos, reading guides, and virtual book club discussions.

The Ninth Chapter features We Are Meant To Rise.

We Are Meant To Rise: Voice for Justice from Minneapolis to the World contains a collection of thirty-six essays, poems, and verse from Minneapolis writers of color, exploring their experiences with family, economic insecurity, racism, and the tumultuous events of 2020.

We Are Meant to Rise is available in ebook format through Ebooks Minnesota through December 12th. Copies are also available from your library.

Contributors Carolyn Holbrook, Douglas Kearney, Ed Bok Lee, Ricardo Levins Morales, David Mura, & Melissa Olson will take part in a discussion about the collection via Zoom at 7 pm on December 7th. Register for the free conversation at

After the author talk, Marshall-Lyon County Librarians will hold a follow-up discussion, date and time TBA.

Links to resources and more information can be found at

One Book | One Minnesota is presented by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, in partnership with State Library Services and sponsored by Spire Credit Union. Program partners also include Blackstone Audio; Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators; Mackin VIAMinitex; the Minnesota Department of Education; and Soho Press. This program is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, as well as through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

One Book, One Minnesota

Learn more about the program from The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.

Read on EBooks MN

Check out the book or audiobook through Ebooks Minnesota through December 12.

Find at your Library

Find a copy of We Are Meant to Rise in the Plum Creek Library System.

Past Selections

View past selections of the One Book One Minnesota state-wide book club.