Remembering the life of Joan Drury, beloved North Shore writer, publisher and women's advocate

Joan Drury eating a donut at the World's Best Donuts in Grand Marais.
Joan Drury smiles at the camera while eating a donut at the World's Best Donuts in Grand Marais, Minn., in 2019. Drury died earlier this month at the age of 75.
Courtesy of Gwen Danfelt | Drury Lane Books

Minnesota has lost a great advocate for women and women writers. Minnesotans, especially North Shore residents, knew Joan Drury as the owner of the beloved Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais, Minn.

Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais, Minn.
Joan Drury was the owner of Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais, Minn.
Courtesy of Gwen Danfelt | Drury Lane Books

She was the former publisher of the feminist press Spinsters Ink and a supporter of Norcroft, a writing retreat for women adjacent to her home in Lutsen, Minn.

Joan Drury's author photo from the early 1990s.
Joan Drury's author photo from the early 1990s.
Courtesy of Gwen Danfelt | Drury Lane Books

Drury died earlier this month at the age of 75.

A writer herself, she prepared her own obituary: “Her religion, if any, was feminism,” she wrote.

Her daughter Kelly Kager joined MPR News host Cathy Wurzer to remember Drury’s remarkable life.

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