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INTERVIEW: Sioux City Public Library's Michael Maxwell Discusses "Sioux City Reads" Novel and Shares Holiday Book List

Michael Maxwell of the Sioux City Public Library shares the Open Book Club's next novel, "A Calm and Normal Heart."
Siouxland Public Media/Sheila Brummer

The Sioux City Public Library recently announced the Sioux City Reads book for 2023. The public picked “Calling for a Blanket Dance.” Reading Services Librarian Michael Maxwell discusses the novel and the importance of the program with Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer. He also shares a few gift-giving ideas.

Library officials say to expect a big announcement early next year. It surrounds funding to improve technology in the community through the Federal Emergency Connectively Program through American Rescue Act Funding.

Sioux City Reads 2023 Novel

Holiday gift ideas from the Sioux City Public Library’s Michael Maxwell:

Rap Capital: An Atlanta Story by Joe Coscarelli

The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

The Unfolding by A. M. Homes Luda: A Novel by Grant Morrison

Patricia Wants to Cuddle by Samantha Leigh Allen

The Divorce Colony: How Women Revolutionized Marriage and Found Freedom on the American Frontier by April White

When We Lost Our Heads: A Novel by Heather O'Neill

In Search of Mycotopia: Citizen Science, Fungi Fanatics, and the Untapped Potential of Mushrooms by Doug Bierend

Indigenous Continent: The Epic Contest for North America by Pekka Hämäläinen

* Michael Maxwell is the Reader Services librarian at the Sioux City Public Library. Prior to joining the Sioux City Public Library in October 2021, Michael worked for the New York Public Library. Michael runs several programs for adults, including the monthly Open Book Club. You can hear his book reviews on Siouxland Public Media: KWIT/KOJI’s Check It Out.