March 23, 2006
"The message of Old Turtle is heard in the land, calling the world to its' best self.'"
Douglas Wood, musician, naturalist, artist, and award-winning author of the children’s book “Old Turtle,” will be the featured guest for two events on the Morningside College campus slated for Wednesday, April 5. The free events are part of Morningside’s Entrepreneurship in the Arts Speaker Series and are sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS) and “Friday is Writing Day” and the Sioux City Readings Series. The public is invited.
Wood, a Morningside College alumnus, will discuss his career as a writer and entrepreneur in the arts at 5 p.m. in the Hickman Dining Room of the Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Avenue.
He will present “Earth Songs, Earth Stories” a program of songs and stories about nature, Native American legends, and man’s place in the universe, at 8 p.m. in Klinger-Neal Theatre, 1601 Morningside Avenue. A reception and book signing will be held in the lobby of the theatre following the performance.
Wood is the author of nineteen books of fiction and non-fiction including “Old Turtle” published in 1992 by Scholastic Books. The book received the American Booksellers Book of the Year Award (ABBY), the International Reading Association’s Book of the Year, the Minnesota Book Award, and Midwest Publishers Association Book of the Year. His follow-up book to “Old Turtle” is “Old Turtle and the Broken Truth,” published in 2003 by Scholastic Press.
Other books by Wood include “The Secret of Saying Thanks” and “What Grandmas Can’t Do,” published in 2005 by Simon and Schuster; “Prescriptions from the Dock,” “Find True North,” and “The Things Trees Know,” published in 2005 by Adventure Publications, Inc.; and “Fawn Island,” published by University of Minnesota Press in 2001, among others.
As a musician, Wood composes music featuring vocals, six and 12-string guitars, piano, fiddle, and banjo. He currently has four compact discs available including “Deep Woods, Deep Waters,” “Solitary Shores,” “A Wish for the Wild,” and “Earth Songs.”
Wood grew up in Sioux City and received his bachelor’s degree in education from Morningside in 1973. He taught music in Iowa and Minnesota before becoming a naturalist and wilderness guide in northern Minnesota. From 1984 to 1991, he hosted a weekly radio show “Wood’s Lore” in St. Cloud, Minn.