Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 as she talks with author Cheryl Minnema. She has written a funny and touching children's book, Hungry Johnny (MNHS Press 2014). The book is is illustrated by artist Wesley Ballinger, also a member of the Mille Lacs Band, works for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. You will not want to put this book down before you find out what happens next!
Cheryl Minnema was born in Minneapolis and raised on the Mille Lacs Reservation by her mother, Mille Benjamin and grandmother Lucy Clark, who taught her to do beadwork. “By the time she was ten, she had watched her mother applique many belts, moccasins, capes, hair ties, and vests. From the selection of materials to the details of sewing flowers, she learned that quality lies within the patience of the bead worker. While carrying on and preserving traditional Ojibwe patterns, Cheryl also incorporates her own contemporary style of sewing to her beadwork.
Cheryl is currently pursuing her Master’s of Fine Arts in writing for children and young adults at Hamline University. Hungry Johnny is her first children’s picture book.