Benedictine Sister Mara Faulkner finalist for Minnesota Book Award

February 2, 2010

Bobz Book Reviews

Sister Mara Faulkner, OSB, has been named one of four finalists for the Minnesota Book Awards in the memoir and creative non-fiction category. She received the nonimation for her book, Going Blind.
Sister Mara, a Benedictine Sister at Saint Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, MN, tells the story of her father’s blindness, and of her family’s efforts to conceal his blindness from the world. This central narrative becomes a lens for exploring other kinds of metaphorical blindness-refusal to see the truth in a family and, in the wider culture, refusal or inability to see the full humanity of other people because of the color of their skin or their circumstances. Faulkner, an English professor at the College of Saint Benedict, also explores the linguistic uses of blindness in such common terms as “blind spot” and “blind faith,” among others.
The Minnesota Book Awards is a Capital City project led by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, in consortium with the Saint Paul Public Library and the Mayor’s Office of the City of Saint Paul. The other books nominated in this category are The Bullhead Queen: A Year on Pioneer Lake by Sue Leaf; Holiday Inn by Kevin Kling; and The Wolf at Twilight: An Indian Elder’s Journey through a Land of Ghosts and Shadows by Kent Nerbern. The 22nd Annual Minnesota Book Award winners will be announced at a gala on Saturday, April 17, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown St. Paul. For more information on the award gala and nominations in other categories, please visit or call 651-366-6497. For more information on S. Mara Faulkner’s Going Blind, please visit
The Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn., are a community of women religious who are committed to enhancing the spiritual lives of others. The Sisters serve in parishes, social justice organizations and educational and health care institutions that reflect the current needs of the church and the world.

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