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MALF to Designate Sinclair Lewis Homestead in Sauk Centre as an ALA/United for Libraries “Literary Landmark”

What do F. Scott Fitzgerald’s St. Paul birthplace and Willa Cather’s beloved Nebraska prairie home have in common with a corner tavern in New York, a cemetery in Virginia, and a courthouse in Michigan?** All are Literary Landmarks, sites with a strong historical connection to prominent American authors recognized through a joint partnership between United for Libraries’s Literary Landmarks Association and a local affiliate.

This summer, the Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF), along with the Sinclair Lewis Foundation and other local partners, is thrilled to be such a sponsor and to add the Sinclair Lewis House in Sauk Centre, Minn. to the esteemed and growing list.

Harry Sinclair Lewis is perhaps best known for penning the great American novels Main StreetBabbit, Arrowsmith,  and Dodsworth, and for being the first writer from the United States to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature (1930).

On July 16 (4:00 p.m.), MALF and the Sinclair Lewis Foundation will dedicate a custom plaque at the homestead acknowledging both the books and the man – in particular “his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humor, new types of characters.” The ceremony will be one of the lynchpin events at Sauk Centre’s “Sinclair Lewis Days”, an annual, week-long festival celebrating the community and its most famous native son.

Mark your calendars, and stay tuned to the MALF Blog and Twitter account (@MNLibraryFriend) for more details!

**You may still be asking yourself: “How is it that a tavern, a cemetery, and a courthouse are significant to the history of American literature?” New York City’s Pete’s Tavern was a favorite haunt of author O. Henry.  Bland Cemetery in Jordan’s Point, Virginia, is the final resting place of Revolutionary War patriot and pamphleteer Richard Bland. The Marquette County Courthouse in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was the workplace inspiration for Judge John D. Voelker’s bestselling mystery and detective novels. You can read more about the nearly 150 Literary Landmarks by clicking here. You can jump straight to the Fitzgerald house and other Minnesota landmarks by clicking here.