We, the members of Family Fun Twin Cities, have a secret passion we are about to disclose.
While we are completely dedicated to the cultural, historical, artistic, creative, natural, and unique opportunities around the Twin Cities, it is time to reveal one of our hidden loves. (Although it probably isn’t hidden very well due to the fact that we post about this love often)
We love books. Any book. All books. We are thrilled with new books, old books, bookstores, libraries, books in rhyme, books of the classics, books of the contemporary. Books. And we love authors. Authors are incredibly cool. I, Gianna, go completely gooey when I meet authors. I can’t form intelligible words. Or if you can understand me, I might as well be 20 years younger for the immature phrases that I utter. It’s ridiculously embarrassing. I ought to ashamed of myself and my behavior.
Keep that in mind when I tell you the next part of the story.
I decided to take a writing course at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. I was so excited and nervous about taking this class. The teacher was a published author of children and young adult fiction: Molly Beth Griffin.
I was in awe. And yet, when I walked into the class, I decided I was going to act cool. I walked into the room with the thought, Oh, yeah. This is no big deal. When really I was sitting in the back row thinking, you’re so cool. I hope you notice me. Can I have your autograph? When can I talk to you? What would I say? You are published! Acting cool means you don’t get to actually talk to the cool teacher, so instead you email her.
So I did. And because I want you to meet this really awesome Minnesota Mom and Published Author, let me introduce you to Molly Beth Griffin.
Molly is a self-proclaimed mostly-stay-at-home mom of a 3 1/2 year old son and a baby on the way in July. Let me just interject here that she is adorably pregnant. She says that she is huge, but she’s not. However, when you can’t bend over to tie your shoes, I will attest, you do feel gigantic.
As a writer for all ages and genres, most often you will find Molly’s stories connect modern children with their landscapes. Her two published books are Loon Baby–a beautiful picture book about a baby loon learning to dive set in the northwoods–published by Houghton Mifflin in 2011, and Silhouette of a Sparrow–her YA novel about a girl coming of age set in 1926 in Minnesota–published by Milkweed Editions in 2012. (YA means Young Adult–although I’m sure you already knew that. And just a word of advice with this novel, engage in discussions regarding this book. As a parent, I confess that I sometimes don’t get into discussions about all the books that my girls are reading, but Silhouette of a Sparrow is one with which you will want to interact)
Molly grew up in Excelsior swimming in Lake Minnetonka, moved to Iowa for college, and moved back to the Twin Cities. Her family loves the Powderhorn Park area of Minneapolis. Since they live close to the park, they take advantage of all the different activities it provides from simple picnicking in the summer or skating in the winter to the jubilant summer festivals of MayDay, Independence Day, and the Art Show and the winter Art Sled Rally.
You never know where you might find Molly: maybe in her kitchen trying a new recipe while reciting the soundtrack of Finding Nemo with her son, maybe at the park, or maybe just on a random patio sipping a cool drink. You could potentially find her at Namaste Cafe in Uptown. Her family has known the owners before they had the restaurant, and her son has been eating Mango Lassi and Chole practically since before he was born (which is amazing since I have no idea what those words mean let alone how to say them!). Molly recommends the chai if you ever decide to venture there.
Sometime in the future, Molly is hoping you will find her in a canoe on Minnehaha Creek paddling from Lake Minnetonka to the Falls. She is dreaming of the day when her kids can sit still for a long canoe ride. One thing is for sure, you will not find her down by Mill City on a Segway.
Even though she is an author, Molly is a parent just like us. She knows the effort it takes to be intentional with your child and the privilege we have to live in the Twin Cities while raising our families.
This is what Molly likes about the Twin Cities in her own words.
We have a fantastic literary community, and a vibrant arts scene in general. I also love that we have beautiful parks and lakes right in the middle of the city– my child can have the cultural opportunities of urban life and still see an eagle on his way to preschool.
Yes, Molly! We agree! Thanks for sharing your books with us and your love for the Twin Cities.