Food & Fiction on a Stick: Notes from the Archivist


Food & Fiction on a Stick: Notes from the Archivist

Carissa Hansen — 08/24/2017

Are you gearing up for some food on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair? This is just one of the many phases in the production of Fiction on a Stick, an anthology of stories from Minnesota writers edited by Milkweed Publisher and CEO Daniel Slager. The publication of Fiction on a Stick in 2008 celebrated Minnesota’s sesquicentennial, a state with a distinguished literary history, from Sinclair Lewis to Louise Erdrich, and F. Scott Fitzgerald to Charles Baxter.

In his introduction to the anthology, Daniel Slager writes:

"If we see the Fair as an opportunity for people from all walks of life, from all corners of the state and beyond, to get together at one time, we also see this anthology as a similar celebration of the changing yet enduring face and personality of Minnesota. If the crowds filling Dan Patch Avenue every year show a different demographic—young and old, urban and rural—then Fiction on a Stick presents a heartwarming, diverse, and ultimately surprising literary portrait of the North Star State."

The manuscript and production materials for Fiction on a Stick are held by the Upper Midwest Literary Archives.

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Carissa Hansen

Carissa Hansen is the Project Archivist in the Upper Midwest Literary Archives for the University of Minnesota Libraries’ Prairie Poets and Press: Literary Lives of the Upper Midwest grant, financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.