WINONA, Minn. – Winona author Richie Swanson will mark the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week in an open-reading Saturday of his “Eden Never Heard” at Paperbacks and Pieces Bookstore, 424 Mankato Avenue. The story was never banned but it’s the kind of work that moralists target, Swanson said. It’s a short story set during the 1850s on the upper Mississippi River. Two loggers in love face the ban of their lifestyle by the dominant values of settlers. The reading and also a signing are at 1 p.m.

Swanson. For years he’s lived simply on an island boathouse.

Author profile

Swanson traveled North America by bicycle from 1970 to 2005. Visits to Indian reservations inspire his stories about U.S.-Native relations during the 1800s.. Richie’s river fictions include two Pushcart nominations. His novel “First Territory” is the story of a 16-year-old Anglo emigrant in love with a Native girl during the U.S. invasion of Yakama Indian homelands in the 1850s.

Banned Book Week

The American Library Association, which champions the freedom to read, created Banned Book Week in 1982. This year it  begins Sunday. the goal: To heighten public awareness of the value of books that may be unorthodox or unpopular but that can help people develop their own conclusions and opinions. Among national events: The Virtual Read-Out and the First Amendment Film Festival.