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11/4/2020 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

This month's thought-provoking fiction selection is Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. To register for this book club meeting, please call the library’s front desk at 472-6551 x2. As of 11/24/20, the library has three interlibrary loan copies of the book remaining at a cost of only $2.00 per person. The meeting will take place on Zoom, and sign-in details are provided at the bottom of this announcement.

In April, millions of tiny flowers spread over the blackjack hills and vast prairies in the Osage territory of Oklahoma. The Osage writer John Joseph Mathews observed that the galaxy of petals makes it look as if the “gods had left confetti.” In May, taller plants, such as spiderworts and black--eyed Susans, begin to creep over the tinier blooms, stealing their light and water. The necks of the smaller flowers break and their petals flutter away, and before long they are buried underground. This is why the Osage Indians refer to May as the time of the flower-¬killing moon.

On May 24, 1921, Mollie Burkhart began to fear that something had happened to one of her three sisters, Anna Brown. Thirty-¬four, and less than a year older than Mollie, Anna had disappeared three days earlier. There was a silence as still as the plains.

News of her absence coursed through the boomtowns, traveling from porch to porch, from store to store. Fueling the unease were reports that another Osage, Charles Whitehorn, had vanished a week before Anna had. Genial and witty, the thirty-¬year-¬old Whitehorn was married to a woman who was part white, part Cheyenne. A local newspaper noted that he was “popular among both the whites and the members of his own tribe.” On May 14, he’d left his home, in the southwestern part of the reservation, for Pawhuska. He never returned.

Signing into the Zoom meeting: For the best audio and video experience, Zoom recommends downloading the latest version of their (free) app prior to login. Please sign into Zoom a little before 1:30pm, then click JOIN A MEETING in the upper right corner of your screen. When prompted, enter the Meeting ID 833 2210 8961 and the Passcode 566098.

Contact: Front desk staff 641-472-6551 ext. 2