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Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

Meeting Location:
  • Online
Virtual Event

Clay Jenkinson Book Launch and Reading

Join The Muse Writers Center for a reading by Clay Jenkinson from his latest book, The Language of Cottonwoods: Essays on North Dakota, followed by a Q&A hosted by Michael Khandelwal.

To join live, register for the Zoom link to the reading and Q&A. Attendees who join the Zoom webinar will be able to interact and ask the author questions.

We will also be livestreaming the event on both our Facebook event page and our main Muse Facebook page. There will also be a recording available after the event.

From the publisher: "Part travelogue, part love song to the prairie, and above all, a vision for a cultural renaissance at the heart of the continent, The Language of Cottonwoods will make you laugh, cry, and think, and inspire you to visit North Dakota."


About the book: North Dakota is regarded as flyover country, but extraordinary narratives play out on this improbable Great Plains landscape. North Dakota is the home of one of the world's largest nuclear missile fields, one of the first mosques in America, a zany collection of roadside attractions, resurgent Native American communities, one of the nation's most productive oil fields, and the magnificent Little Missouri River badlands.

Join Clay Jenkinson as he searches for spirit of place, cultural identity, sacred landscapes, and a future for rural America at the center of the continent, where Lewis and Clark wintered, Sitting Bull resisted the conquest, and Theodore Roosevelt became America's leading conservationist and the exemplar of the strenuous life.

About the author: Clay Jenkinson is a humanities scholar, author and social commentator who has devoted most of his professional career to public humanities programs. His performances are always humorous, educational, thought provoking and enlightening, while maintaining a steady focus on ideas. Jenkinson is widely regarded as one of the most articulate public speakers in the country and he brings a humanities perspective to everything he does.

Clay is one of the nation’s leading interpreters of Thomas Jefferson and hosts the nationally syndicated radio program, The Thomas Jefferson Hour, also available as a podcast. He lives and writes in Bismarck, North Dakota.

For more information on Clay, his works, and The Thomas Jefferson Hour, visit

Other books by Clay Jenkinson:
Repairing Jefferson’s America (2020)
Donald Trump and the Death of American Integrity (2020)
Bring Out Your Dead: The Literature and History of Epidemics (2020)
Theodore Roosevelt: Naturalist in the Arena, co-authored with Char Miller (2020)
For the Love of North Dakota and Other Essays: Sundays with Clay in the Bismarck Tribune (2012)
A Free and Hardy Life: Theodore Roosevelt’s Sojourn in the West (2011)
The Character of Meriwether Lewis: Explorer in the Wilderness (2011)
Theodore Roosevelt in the Dakota Badlands (2006)
Becoming Jefferson's People: Reinventing the American Republic in the Twenty-First Century (2005)
Message on the Wind: A Spiritual Odyssey on the Northern Plains (2002)

Please note: This class or event will be held online (using Zoom or a similar live platform). To participate, students or attendees should have a stable internet connection. Class participants: you should have a computer or device with a webcam and microphone; and your Zoom link will be automatically sent to you after you register. Check your spam box if you don't see it.