Penn's Kelly Writers House Online Book Group - John Pollack: Memories, Stories Histories
Join us for our Online Book discussion led by John Pollack, Library Specialist for Public Services in Penn's Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
John Pollack: Memories, Stories, Histories: N. Scott Momaday's The Way to Rainy Mountain and contemporary Native American Literatures
When: October 1 - November 1, 2012
Where: From the comfort of your home
Time: When it's convenient for you
How: Log in and participate. Click here for information and registration.
Poetry, memoir, autobiography, historical narrative, artist book - all of these labels, and others, may usefully be applied to our central text for the month, The Way to Rainy Mountain. First published in 1969, Momaday's elegant little book was one of the key texts in what has been called a "Native American Renaissance". In this online book group, we will work follow Momaday's literary and personal journey. Topics we will address include: oral and written traditions; forms of autobiography; meanings of religion; and the roles of individuals within and without communities. In addition to reading Momaday, we will read a small number of short stories, poems, and essays by contemporary Native American authors including Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Erdrich, and others. We will conclude by watching Sherman Alexie's film Smoke Signals. Participants will need to purchase their own copy of Momaday's The Way to Rainy Mountain. Other readings will be made available online through PDF documents.
John Pollack is Library Specialist for Public Services in Penn's Rare Book and Manuscript Library. His scholarly work focuses on early America, and he has published on authors including Benjamin Franklin and Samuel de Champlain.