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December 19, 2014
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January 8, 11 a.m. Round Lake Library discussion of "The Round House"

Fisherman in boat January 10, 1:30 p.m. Film and Discussion at Empire State College, 113 West Avenue Join Empire State College for a film screening and post-film discussion. The film, Lighting The 7th Fire, will be shown and will be followed by a post-film discussion. The panel will include Menoukah Case, Empire State College; Maggie Fronk, Wellspring Cares (formerly DVRC); and Joseph Bruchac, local Abenaki storyteller and author. Refreshments will be served. The event starts at 1:30 p.m.

January 20, 7 p.m. Stillwater Free Library discussion of "The Round House"

February 5, 6:30-8 p.m. Junior Book Discussion, Part 1
Saratoga Springs Public Library Community Room
Students in grades 4-6 are invited to join students from Saratoga Springs High School and Skidmore College in a discussion of The Heart of a Chief by local author and educator Joseph Bruchac. Registration is required. Students are asked to attend both sessions. Students may register by emailing their name, grade, and school to Each student will be given a copy of the book after registration. Visit our events calendar for more details.

LEGOFebruary 7, 9:30 a.m.-Noon LEGO Contest & Carnival Fundraiser Division Street Elementary School, 220 Division St, Saratoga Free Admission. View entries in our 3rd Annual Lego Contest and vote for People's Choice "Best of Show." Purchase raffle tickets for a Mindstorm Robot. Participate in Lego Games and Activities (50 cent tickets). See Lego and robotics demos. Enjoy refreshments. A fun family outing! Download contest rules and entry form

February 11, 7:30 p.m. Film Forum screening & discussion "Smoke Signals" The Saratoga Film Forum's screening of "Smoke Signals will be followed by a discussion led by Skidmore College History Professor Eric Morser.

February 12, 6:30-8 p.m. Junior Book Discussion, Part 2 Saratoga Springs Public Library Community Room A second discussion session for The Heart of a Chief will also be offered on February 12 and will be highlighted by a Meet-the-Author Night with Joseph Bruchac.

Sept. 15, 2014

Saratoga Reads announces new book of choice and books for young readers
Selections center on Native American themes

The Round House by Louise Erdrich has been selected by public vote as this year’s book of choice for Saratoga Reads, a community-wide reading program now marking its 11th year.

Round House coverThe Round House, Erdrich's 14th novel and winner of the 2012 National Book Award for fiction, transports readers to a literary terrain that Erdrich has used in a number of her works–the North Dakota Ojibwe reservation, a place where contemporary Native Americans and their white neighbors navigate complex interrelationships.

The narrator of the book, Joe Coutts, is one of Erdrich's most memorable characters, a 13-year-old boy who hunts for the perpetrator of a violent crime that took place on the reservation. Though this story of family, friendship, and the search for justice stands on its own, it fits squarely in the writer’s overarching, interconnected literary vision.

The Round House is infused with Erdrich's trademark narrative excursions into a world of spirit and tradition still central to Native American cultures. Set in 1988 and driven by contemporary issues of tribal criminal jurisdiction, the book probes the life of marginalized Indians living on the reservation.

Wrote Ron Charles in the Washington Post, "Book by book, over the past three decades, Louise Erdrich has built one of the most moving and engrossing collections of novels in American literature. Few writers have done as much to help modern readers consider the position of Native Americans within a national culture that has denigrated, ignored, and romanticized them."

Maria Russo in the New York Times Book Review wrote, "The Round House represents something of a departure for Erdrich, whose past novels of Indian life have usually relied on a rotating cast of narrators, a kind of storytelling chorus. Here, though, Joe is the only narrator, and the urgency of his account gives the action the momentum and tight focus of a crime novel, which, in a sense, it is."


Book of Choice 2014-15
Round House Book Cover

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