Date(s) - 13/08/2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Friends of the Library will be hosting a three-part T.A.L.K. (Talk About Literature in Kansas) Program in August, September, and October. Our first program will be August 12th at 7:00 pm over the book “LaRose” by Louise Erdrich with Dennis Etzel leading our discussion. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. Books are available for check out at the circulation desk.
“North Dakota, late summer, 1999. Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence—but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he’s hit something else, a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger. When he staggers closer, he realizes he has killed his neighbor’s five-year-old son, Dusty Ravich. The youngest child of his friend and neighbor, Peter Ravich, Dusty was best friends with Landreaux’s five-year-old son, LaRose. The two families have always been close, sharing food, clothing, and rides into town; their children played together despite going to different schools; and Landreaux’s wife, Emmaline, is half sister to Dusty’s mother, Nola. Horrified at what he’s done, the recovered alcoholic turns to an Ojibwe tribe tradition—the sweat lodge—for guidance, and finds a way forward.”
Dennis Etzel Jr. is an instructor of English at Washburn University. He received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas. Etzel joined the TALK program in 2012.
*The T.A.L.K. Program is made possible by Humanities Kansas.