Season 2 Episode 9

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Video Summary

Your holiday shopping list is made easy by writers and illustrators with Northland connections! Discover the top titles in nature, children’s, fiction, poetry and more. Northern Lights Books & Gifts owner Anita Zager stops by The PlayList to discuss the finer points of running an independent bookstore in the digital age. She also offers up some fantastic holiday gift ideas from regional authors and illustrators for readers of all ages! Scroll to the bottom of this episode summary for a full book list.

Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank perform foot-stomping music charged with news of the human condition. Teague Alexy and brother, Ian, fuse influences from country blues and folk, reggae, hip hop, soul, roots rock, and Americana into their songs. Catch the sound that's had festival crowds amassing for years; they perform live, in a rare, studio performance on The PlayList!

Mural artist Scott Murphy weaves his personality and perspective on Duluth’s arts and cultural heritage into his latest project. It’s a 140 foot masterpiece designed to hang in the rotunda of the Saint Louis County Heritage and Arts Center--Duluth’s historic depot. Sit back and enjoy an in-depth look at Murphy's delightfully strange, but conceptually deep style that has long had art lovers stunned in admiration.

Adam Swanson's paintings deconstruct ideas that permeate the cultures of childhood and adult life in our modern society, and comment in vivid color and stunning detail the fragility of the human presence in nature. The PlayList takes a look at Swanson's latest exhibit "The Human Presence" that is currently hanging at Lizzard's Art Gallery, and showcases some of his favorite works in our own studio gallery.

Holiday Book List

Sneaky Sheep
Big, Belching Bog
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night
Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors
Henry, You're Late Again!
Heart of the Samauri
Vermilion Drift
The Dance Boots
News to Me
Picture Duluth
Paddle North
The Opposite of Cold

Funding for this program is provided by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Click here for more information or visit the Minnesota Legacy website.

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