MATINEE BOOK CLUB
This month's thought-provoking fiction selection is There There by Tommy Orange. Registration is available first-come, first-served by calling the library's front desk at 472-6551 x2. We ordered 10 copies of the book thru Iowa's Interlibrary Loan program, and the cost is only $2.00 per person. The meeting will take place at a local park, with plenty of fresh air and space for social distancing. (Next month we'll provide an indoor location.) Library staff will provide details at the time of registration.
Not since Sherman Alexie's The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine has such a powerful and urgent Native American voice exploded onto the landscape of contemporary fiction. "We all came to the powwow for different reasons. The messy, dangling threads of our lives got pulled into a braid--tied to the back of everything we'd been doing all along to get us here ... we've been fighting for decades to be recognized as a present-tense people, modern and relevant, only to die in the grass wearing feathers."
Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame in Oakland. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life together after his uncle's death and has come to work the powwow and to honor his uncle's memory. Edwin Black has come to find his true father. Thomas Frank has come to drum the Grand Entry. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil Red Feather; Orvil has taught himself Indian dance through YouTube videos, and he has come to the Big Oakland Powwow to dance in public for the very first time. Tony Loneman is a young Native American boy whose future seems destined to be as bleak as his past, and he has come to the Powwow with darker intentions.
Contact: Front desk staff 641-472-6551 x2