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sunday, nov 17, 2-4: beyond the fires, maya khosla
Maya's presentation features excerpts from her new writing about wildfire, a new 10-minute clip from Firewise, and a rough cut that is developing into one of the Legacy Project films that is a part of her poet laureate project. Firewise is led by scientists and retired firefighters Tim Ingalsbee and Rich Fairbanks, organic farmer Lisa Bjorn, scientist Chad Hanson, and others. The clip will reveal the story of fires across the west through the current science and the personal narratives of the main characters, the world of fire as seen through their eyes and the real dos and don’ts in an age of climate change.
WEDNESDAY, NOV 20, 2-4: bOOK GROUP, tHE TRUMPET LESSON
When Callie Quinn becomes pregnant at seventeen in 1960s rural Missouri, her outraged father, with her mother’s acquiescence, insists that no one ever know. Callie complies, goes away, and gives up her baby. But not for their reasons. The baby’s father is black. Callie ends up in Mexico, where she faces this decision years later. This new work by Dianne Romain, SSU Philosophy Emerita, has been praised as "a beautiful literary novel focused on healing and the families that are forged abroad.” Romain retired to Mexico and calls on her years of experience there to ground the story in its culture.
Wednesday, Jan 15, 2-4: Book Group, The road back to sweetgrass
Linda LeGarde Grover is an Anishinaabe novelist and short story writer. An enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, she is a professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth. The Road Back to Sweetgrass follows Dale Ann, Theresa, and Margie, a trio of American Indian women, from the 1970s to the present, observing their coming of age and the intersection of their lives as they navigate love, economic hardship, loss, and changing family dynamics on the fictional Mozhay Point reservation. "Generous, ironic, and often gut-wrenching, The Road Back to Sweetgrass is at its large heart a book about the power of home and the inexorable connections between land, people, and stories." —Danielle Sosin