‘Overburden’ tour heads to Superior on Friday!

This Friday, April 17, the “Overburden: Modern Life on the Iron Range” tour returns to the road. I’ll be giving a lecture and reading from the book during a special appearance at the Manion Theater in the Holden Fine Arts Building on the campus of the University of Wisconsin at Superior. Superior is across the bridge from Duluth. This is where I went to college for my undergraduate and graduate degrees.

I like Superior. It reminds me of the Iron Range and enjoys some of the same reputation for some of the same reasons. It’s a blue collar place that grew quickly about 100 years ago with a huge influx of immigrant workers. Now the critics call it dirty and downtrodden, but I think there’s a charm in its gritty ways. Like many Range towns, they combat their foes with a dazzling logo. I write often about the same ideas in regard to the Iron Range. In any event, UWS is a fantastic small liberal arts public university and I’m proud to return as an author of minor note.

I talk a lot about the challenges facing Gen Y professionals in rusty places like the Iron Range. As a fifth generation Ranger I’ve learned to love the place and its potential, but bang my head on many walls along the way.

The lecture begins at 2 p.m. and will be followed by a book signing and what the university is calling “light refreshments.” Read more on the event from UWS.

On a side note, the book was published by Red Step Press, which was founded by UWS alum Lindsy O’Brien. Her sister Kelly O’Brien took the cover photo.

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