Thomas D. Peacock's 'Wolf's Trail' named One Book Northland for 2023

Everyone in the Northland region is being encouraged to read the collection of Ojibwe tales and lessons told from the perspective of an elder wolf.

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College holds first in-person graduation ceremonies since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic
Thomas D. Peacock delivers the commencement address during graduation ceremonies at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College on Thursday, May 12 in Cloquet.
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DULUTH — The One Book Northland committee has named its 2023 selection, which local literary institutions will encourage everyone in the region to read. "The Wolf’s Trail: An Ojibwe Story, Told by Wolves" channels Indigenous wisdom through the voice of an elder wolf speaking to cubs.

Book cover: "The Wolf's Trail: An Ojibwe Story, Told By Wolves" by Thomas D. Peacock. Cover features illustration of wolf howling on starry night among trees near lake.
"The Wolf's Trail: An Ojibwe Story, Told By Wolves" has been named the 2023 selection for One Book Northland.
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Thomas D. Peacock, the book's author, is a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Anishinaabe and the winner of multiple Minnesota Book Awards.

While the book is technically considered a novel, Peacock said at the time of the book's publication that it draws on Ojibwe story in a way that defies conventional classification.

"In a way it's historical fiction," he told MPR News. "In a way, it's not. It's cultural fiction. I'm not sure what it is. I am not sure there's a word for it."

Holy Cow! Press, an acclaimed publisher based in Duluth, released the title in June 2020. Star Tribune book reviewer Pamela Miller called it "a small, quiet masterpiece," writing that "there is such strong wisdom in this novel."


The One Book Northland program debuted in 2002 as "One Book, One Community," with Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" as the inaugural selection. Literary organizations including libraries, bookstores and colleges across northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin participate in each year's selection, which is supported with events across the region.

According to a news release, in springtime the committee will release a complete list of 2023 One Book Northland events. In the meantime, the author will appear at Duluth's Zenith Bookstore on Dec. 29 at 11:30 a.m. to sign copies of "The Wolf's Trail."

Thomas D. Peacock and Tony Dierckins, the author and publisher at Zenith City Press, host a virtual tour of Duluth as part of the Duluth Public Library's annual "Learning & Libations" event.

Arts and entertainment reporter Jay Gabler joined the Duluth News Tribune in 2022. His previous experience includes eight years as a digital producer at The Current (Minnesota Public Radio), four years as theater critic at Minneapolis alt-weekly City Pages, and six years as arts editor at the Twin Cities Daily Planet. He's a co-founder of pop culture and creative writing blog The Tangential; he's also a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the Minnesota Film Critics Alliance. You can reach him at or 218-279-5536.
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