Date(s) - 08/08/2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Council Grove Public Library
The Friends of the Council Grove Public Library will be hosting a Talk About Literature in Kansas (T.A.L.K.) series at the Library during the months of August, September, October, and November. The first book is “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie with Ann Birney as the speaker.
Ann Birney is an independent scholar and partner in Ride into History, an historical performance touring troupe. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Kansas and an M.L.S. from Emporia State University. Ann’s research interests center on women’s history, with a particular focus on women and work. She serves on the KHC Speakers Bureau and has been leading TALK discussions since 1994.
“But we reservation Indians don’t get to realize our dreams. We don’t get those chances. Or choices. We’re just poor. That’s all we are.” Junior hopes to break the pattern by going to school away from the reservation. His life is further complicated, however, when he is treated like a traitor at home and an outsider at school. Although Junior is a teenager, his dilemmas are fully adult: endemic poverty, alcoholism on the reservation, and the difficulty of trying to advance yourself without betraying those you leave behind. (Excerpt from book)
Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Council Grove Public Library.
*The TA.L.K. series is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.