MN Author Tour: Dr. Christopher Lehman

Dr. Christopher Lehman shares how mutually beneficial relationships between southern slaveholders and Minnesotans kept the men and women whose labor generated the wealth enslaved.

Dr. Lehman’s book Slavery’s Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State won a 2020 MN Book Award, ( and his upcoming book, It Took Courage: Eliza Winston’s Quest for Freedom ( will be released on April 16.

Dr. Lehman is a social and cultural historian, and professor of ethnic and women’s studies. Lehman’s work has been enriching the African-American historical canon for the last two decades.
Please join us for this special event!  It is free and open to all.

Author Presentation & Book Signing

Presentation and Book Signing featuring

P.S. Duffy

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:00pm

Chatfield Public Library

P.S. Duffy will talk about her book, how she came to write it, and the World War One milieu.  Discussion and questions will be encouraged after the presentation.

Purchase your own copy of THE CARTOGRAPHER OF NO MAN’S LAND at the event and get it signed!

Delicious refreshments will be provided, as well as live pre- and post-program music by some very talented local musicians to make the evening even more enjoyable!

We announced that P.S. Duffy’s book would be Chatfield’s first ever Community Read title at the Library’s 100th Anniversary Celebration Open House on February 15th.  This book is set in the same time period that our library was built and first opened.  Exploring it, as a community, will give us insight into the world of the early 1900s, when the good folks of our area committed the time, effort, and funds to bring our beloved library into existence.

In honor of our library’s 100th anniversary, we invite you to read it and come to the Author Presentation and Book Signing at the library on May 21st.

Purchase a copy of the book at the library for $14 or check one out.


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MN Book Award Winner: Atina Diffley Author Program and Book Signing

THSCcoverHres1-200x300The Chatfield Public Library proudly hosts an author program and book signing featuring MN Book Award Winner, Atina Diffley, author of TURN HERE, SWEET CORN: ORGANIC FARMING WORKS.

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013     7:00pm
At the Chatfield Center for the Arts
405 Main Street South, Chatfield, MN

Refreshments will be provided.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.


A master class in organic farming, a lesson in entrepreneurship, a love story, and a legal thriller

Minneapolis, MN — Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works by Atina Diffley is not your typical family farm “lost way of life” memoir. Instead it tells the dramatic success story of a sophisticated organic family farm from the voice of a female farmer, whose connection to the land is born deeply of knowing it, working it, living and suffering by it. In telling her story of working the land, coaxing good food from the fertile soil, Atina Diffley reminds us of an ultimate truth: we live in relationships—with the earth, plants and animals, families and communities.

A memoir of making these essential relationships work in the face of challenges as natural as weather and as unnatural as corporate politics, her book is a firsthand history of getting in at the “ground level” of organic farming. One of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest, the Diffleys’ Gardens of Eagan helped to usher in a new kind of green revolution in the heart of America’s farmland, supplying their roadside stand and a growing number of local food co-ops. This is a story of a world transformed—and reclaimed—one square acre at a time.

And yet, after surviving punishing storms and the devastating loss of fifth-generation Diffley family land to suburban development, the Diffleys faced the ultimate challenge: the threat of eminent domain for a crude oil pipeline proposed by one of the largest privately owned companies in the world, notorious polluters Koch Industries. As Atina Diffley tells her David-versus-Goliath tale, she gives readers everything from expert instruction in organic farming to an entrepreneur’s manual on how to grow a business to a legal thriller about battling corporate arrogance to a love story about a single mother falling for a good, big-hearted man.

Atina Diffley is an organic vegetable farmer who now educates consumers, farmers, and policymakers about organic farming through the consulting business Organic Farming Works LLC, owned by her and her husband, Martin. From 1973 through 2007, the Diffleys owned and operated Gardens of Eagan, one of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest. To contact Atina or Martin Diffley, visit

Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works
By Atina Diffley

Available: April 2012, University of Minnesota Press
344 pp., 6 x 9, 1 b/w illustration, 5 b/w plates, 29 color plates
ISBN: 978-0-8166-7771-9, $24.95 hardcover

 This title available at the Chatfield Public Library.  Click HERE to place a hold on it.