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Will Weaver, Author, April 6, 2014

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Will Weaver‘s debut novel was Red Earth, White Earth, about a native Minnesotan returning to his home town due to conflicts between white farmers and local Native Americans. It was made into a CBS-TV movie in 1989. His 1989 short story collection, A Gravestone Made of Wheat and Other Stories, won many awards, including the Minnesota Book Award for Fiction. The title story was produced in 2006 as the independent feature film Sweet Land, featuring Ned Beatty.

Weaver has also written many stories for young adults, including the Billy Baggs baseball novels. These include Striking Out, Farm Team, and Hard Ball. He has also written Memory Boy, Claws, Full Service, and Defect. Saturday Night Dirt, the first of a series on dirt-racers, was released in 2008 followed by Super Stock Rookie. He is the winner of both the McKnight Foundation and the Bush Foundation prizes for fiction.

In addition to writing, Weaver became a creative-writing teacher at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota. He resides in the Bemidji area with his wife Rose, who is currently a professor at Bemidji State, and his teenage children.

This interview is part the oral history project Intellectual and Cultural Leaders of Minnesota.

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