Saratoga Reads will present two events during November, Native American Heritage Month—a film screening and discussion related to the depiction of Native American life and a book fair fundraiser to support Saratoga Reads public programming.
The Saratoga Reads book for this year, The Round House by Louise Erdrich, 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. Set in 1988 and driven by issues of tribal criminal jurisdiction, the book probes the lives of marginalized Indians on the reservation.
On Thursday, Nov. 13, Saratoga Reads will present a showing of the 2000 documentary film Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians. The event, which will include a panel discussion, will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Somers classroom of Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College. Edward Curtis (1868-1952) was a noted photographer who spent 30 years documenting the culture and customs of Native American tribes. The film event is open to the public free of charge.
According to Bullfrog Films, which handles the educational licensing of the documentary, “Coming to Light tells the dramatic story of Curtis' life, the creation of his monumental work, and his changing views of the people he set out to document. The film also gives Indian people a voice in the discussion of Curtis' images. Hopi, Navajo, Eskimo, Blackfeet, Crow, Blood, Piegan, Suquamish, and Kwakiutl people. . . respond to the pictures, tell stories about the people in the photographs, and discuss the meaning of the images.”
Barnes & NobleBook Fair, Nov. 15, supports Saratoga Reads
The second event in November will be a book fair at Barnes & Noble in Wilton on Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Highlights include a Thanksgiving story time and craft-making at 11 a.m. and an American Girl Tea with story about Kaya at 1 p.m., followed by a craft activity. Give our prize wheel a spin at anytime during the day, enter our free door-prize raffle, and try a signature drink at the café that has been created specially for the event.
A full-sized doll—Isabelle, the 2014 American Girl of Doll of the Year—will be among the prizes given away in free drawings. Purchases made on the day of the book fair will benefit Saratoga Reads if customers mention Saratoga Reads at the register or provide a Saratoga Reads voucher available at our greeting table throughout the day. Online purchases made between Nov. 15 and 20 will also benefit the organization, if the purchaser enters the code 11468758.
In addition to the Saratoga Reads-organized programs, the Crandall Library in Glens Falls will screen two films with Native American themes—Skydancer on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m. and The Cherokee Word for Water on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 6:30 p.m.