Non-fiction books written by former artists-in-residence of the Anderson Center

By The Anderson Center at Tower View

By The Anderson Center at Tower View


Kim Todd


With lush illustrations, ranging from early woodcuts and illuminated manuscripts to contemporary wildlife photography, this is the first book-length exploration of the natural and cultural history of this beloved, reviled, and ubiquitous bird.

Tinkering with Eden: A Natural History of Exotic Species in America

Kim Todd


Kim Todd's Tinkering with Eden is a lyrical, brilliantly written history of the introduction of exotic species into the United Sates, and how the well-meaning endeavors of scientists, explorers, and biologists have resulted in ecological catastrophe.

Crafting Truth: Documentary Form and Meaning

Vinicius Navarro and Louise Spence


Documentaries such as Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman's Born into Brothels, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, Jeffrey Blitz's Spellbound, along with March of the Penguins and An Inconvenient Truth have achieved critical as well as popular success. Although nonfiction film may have captured imaginations, many viewers enter and leave theaters with a nanve concept of "truth" and "reality" for them, documentaries are information sources. But is truth or reality readily available, easily acquired, or undisputed? Or do documentaries convey illusions of truth and reality? What aesthetic means are used to build these illusions?

A Boal Companion: Dialogues on Theatre and Cultural Politics


This carefully constructed and thorough collection of theoretical engagements with Augusto Boal’s work is the first to look ’beyond Boal’ and critically assesses the Theatre of the Opressed (TO) movement in context. A Boal Companion looks at the cultural practices which inform TO and explore them within a larger frame of cultural politics and performance theory. The contributors put TO into dialogue with complexity theory – Merleau-Ponty, Emmanuel Levinas, race theory, feminist performance art, Deleuze and Guattari, and liberation psychology – to name just a few, and in doing so, the kinship between Boal’s project and multiple fields of social psychology, ethics, biology, comedy, trauma studies, and political science is made visible.

The Pocket Guide to Minnesota Place Names: The Stories Behind 1,200 Places in the North Star State

Michael Fedo

$11.95 $10.99

Within our state's borders, you'll find such exotic place names as Amor and Darling, Fertile and Conception, Comfort and Happyland, Looneyville and Nimrod, Flour Lake and the Diarrhoea River, Great Scott and Eureka, Home and Nowhere, Moonshine and Whiskey Creek, Stringtown and Pig's Eye, Snowball and North Pole, Embarrass and Kiester, Coin and Money Creek, and Chickentown and Bull Moose. But how did these places get such unusual names? Wonder no longer as author Michael Fedo relates the curious and prosaic ways in which a place gets named.

Don't Quit Your Day Job: The Adventures of a Midlist Author

Michael Fedo

$15.95 $14.67

Don’t Quit Your Day Job: The Adventures of a Midlist Author is a memoir recounting the five-decade writing career of Michael Fedo, whose books have not attained best-seller status, despite receiving mostly favorable reviews in publications such as The New York Times, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Library Journal, among others. Rather than complaining, however, the author points out that while few authors earn a middle-class income from writing, aspiring writers can carve out a satisfying niche through diligence. Rich in anecdotes, the author encounters celebrities: James Stewart, Cloris Leachman; the late Lorenzo Music, Richard Wilber, and Harry Golden. He also tells of the New York Times assistant financial editor who didn’t know what Workers Compensation was, magazine fact-checkers who questioned details in his satirical fiction. This book should engage general readers curious about the literary life of a workaday writer, as well as aspiring authors-in-waiting.

Take Good Care, Volume 1: Finding Your Joy in Compassionate Caregiving

Cynthia Orange


In a time when tens of millions of people provide care for family members, older adults, and people with special needs, we should all be experts at it. Instead, we often struggle with caring for others while taking care of ourselves.

Shock Waves: A Practical Guide to Living with a Loved One's PTSD

Cynthia Orange


A user-friendly guide to helping a loved one with post-traumatic stress disorder--while taking care of yourself.

Cuban Rice Classics

Marisella Veiga


Traditional Cuban Cooking and Recipes Cuban Rice Classics contains foolproof recipes for traditional Cuban rice dishes eaten on both sides of the Florida Straits. Learn basic Cuban seasonings and techniques. Cultural and historical notes are included.

Silence Is a Four-Letter Word: On Art & Deafness (The Tenth Anniversary Edition)

Raymond Luczak

$17.95 $16.51

Raymond Luczak, poet, playwright, and filmmaker, hands us Silence is a Four-Letter Word, as his call to arms for deaf artists everywhere. He uses a cross-platform approach - a short story, a series of rapid-fire mini-essays, a short play, and a self-interview - to illuminate his points. His meditations on what makes art "art" and deafness "deaf" asks artists everywhere to rethink observations on their work and live differently.

Assembly Required: Notes from a Deaf Gay Life (Updated)

Raymond Luczak

$16.00 $14.72

"Raymond Luczak shares stories from his days growing up as a deaf gay man in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and learning signs in secret, trying to follow the music on the radio in order to be cool like his hearing classmates, and feeling clueless whenever gay cultural icons like the Village People, Queen, and Bette Midler were promoted in his small hometown. After he graduated from high school and enrolled at Gallaudet University, the world’s only university for Deaf people, he discovered gay literature and came out soon after. He eventually got involved with Deaf theater collaborators, educators, and sign language interpreters, from which his worldview is substantially reshaped on issues of identity, literacy, technology, and family. Assembly Required offers a rare in-depth glimpse into what it means to be a Deaf gay man who lives between the Deaf and hearing worlds. This edition incorporates Luczak’s new observations from the last ten years since it appeared in 2009. 'One of the great virtues of Assembly Required is its accessibility. Not only is it written in clear prose divided into comfortable segments, but there is little academic jargon to provide a stumbling block to the reader who might be venturing into Deaf or gay literature for the first time . . . There may be no better introduction to the Deaf gay life.' —Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature"