Serialized in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2015
Reading: Friday, July 26, 4-7 p.m., at Sulu’s Espresso Café, 507 Main St, Tower, with special guest: mine tour guide Karel Winkelaar
Reading: Saturday, July 27, 4-6 p.m., at Piragis Northwoods Company, 105 N Central Ave, Ely Saturday, during the Blueberry Festival
Reading: Saturday, August 5, 7p.m., Madeline Island library
Twin Cities book launch: Oct 3: 7 p.m., Eastside Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul. Co-sponsored by the Ramsey County Historical Society.
About Under Ground
It is 1915, and young Katka Kovich leaves the only home she’s ever known for a new life across the ocean. Soon she finds herself on the rough and tumble Iron Range in northern Minnesota, where she joins a community of poor immigrant workers brutally exploited by the mine bosses. When the workers strike, Katka must convince the women to risk their lives and take over the strike. Along the way, she discovers true friendship, a sense of purpose, and love.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Megan Marsnik is the granddaughter of Slovenian immigrants and the daughter of union activists. She was born and raised in Biwabik, a small town on Minnesota’s Iron Range settled primarily by Eastern European and Scandinavian immigrants. Marsnik earned her MFA in writing and poetics from Naropa University in Boulder, CO, where she won the Jack Kerouac Award for outstanding prose. She teaches creative writing and philosophy in Minneapolis.
Even MORE ABOUT Under GRound
Like many stories of revolution and uprising, Under Ground has passionately-spirited, colorful protagonists and deeply-hated antagonists.
It chronicles shootouts at labor rallies, guns transported to and from secret bunkers, fights in brothels, police corruption, xenophobia, and false imprisonment. It features a cast of historical figures including Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Mother Jones, Big Bill Haywood, and socialist presidential candidate Eugene Debs. It is about courage and consequences.
But unlike most novels written about the labor movement in the U.S., this novel is told from the perspective of a strong, immigrant woman, who reminds us that there are things worth dying for, but more importantly, there are things to live for.
Under Ground melds the testosterone-laced grit of the movie There Will be Blood with the tenderness, intrigue, and female ferocity of Maria Duenas’ novel The Time in Between.