Big Read Book Discussion

11/08/2021 11:00 AM

In partnership with Kent State University, the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library will be participating in the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read Initiative. The Big Read brings communities together around the shared activity of reading and discussing a book.

This year’s Big Read focuses on the book An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo, the current U.S. Poet Laureate and the first Native American to receive this achievement. Join the Director of the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, Gale Koritansky, as she leads book discussions on Mon., November 8 at 11 AM and Tues., November 9 at 7 PM. Registration begins on Mon., October 4.

About the Book:  In the early 1800s, the Mvskoke people were forcibly removed from their original lands east of the Mississippi to Indian Territory, which is now part of Oklahoma. Two hundred years later, Joy Harjo returns to her family’s lands and opens a dialogue with history. In An American Sunrise, Harjo finds blessings in the abundance of her homeland and confronts the site where her people, and other indigenous families, essentially disappeared. From her memory of her mother’s death, to her beginnings in the native rights movement, to the fresh road with her beloved, Harjo’s personal life intertwines with tribal histories to create a space for renewed beginnings. Her poems sing of beauty and survival, illuminating a spirituality that connects her to her ancestors and thrums with the quiet anger of living in the ruins of injustice. A descendent of storytellers and “one of our finest—and most complicated—poets” (Los Angeles Review of Books), Joy Harjo continues her legacy with this latest powerful collection.