The One Book One Community program has planned several events related to this year’s selection, “The Round House,” a National Book Award winner for fiction by Louise Erdrich. The novel transports readers to an Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota, where a boy on the cusp of manhood seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a brutal, racist attack on his mother.
The following events are free and open to the public:
“Finding Dawn,” a documentary about the murders and disappearances of an estimated 500 Aboriginal women in Canada over the past three decades, will be shown at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, in the Whitman Hall commons at Northern Michigan University.
A panel presentation on the “Round House” will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. Panelists are Amy Hamilton, Patricia Killelea and Lynn Domina from NMU’s English department. At 2 p.m., an artist reception is scheduled at the DeVos Art Museum for Elizabeth Doxtater. Her “Art of Peace” exhibit explores the ancient form of cornhusk dolls to preserve traditional culture.
NMU’s Olson Library will host an event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. It will features a recorded interview of author Louise Erdrich by Bill Moyers; a presentation titled “Crossing the Line or Not: Hazardous Intersections of Tribal and Non-Tribal Law” by Matthew Fletcher, professor of law at Michigan State University and director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center; and a self-guided tour through the “Native Treaties, Shared Rights” traveling exhibit. The exhibit is on loan from the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University through Oct. 9.
Peter White Public Library and Snowbound Books will host a community book discussion at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Peter White Public Library.
The Marquette Regional History Center will hold a panel discussion titled “Women, Violence and Revenge” and offer free-will admission to the center’s exhibit gallery at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19. The panel will address legal jurisdiction, the Violence Against Women Act, concepts of revenge and how adolescents deal with tragedy.
A student and community book discussion will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Olson Library room 311. Shirley Brozzo, director of NMU’s Multicultural Education and Resource Center, will lead the discussion.
The film “Smoke Signals,” which offers a glimpse of the contemporary Native American world, will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the NMU Whitman Hall commons.
For more information, visit nmu.edu/onebook