INSIDE THIS EDITION:
- NOVEMBER by Thomas Hood
- Photo Highlights: THEATER CONVERSATIONS CLASS
- INDIGENOUS VOICES by BookBub
- CAN A PICTURE BOOK SAVE THE WORLD?
- NOT LOST CAUSE by Allan Klepper
By Thomas Hood
No sun — no moon!
No morn — no noon —
No dawn — no dusk — no proper time of day.
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member —
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! —
The Theater Conversations Class
JaMario Stills visited class to discuss his recent play, 22|6: The Rem|x of a Global Exper|ment, which was produced by the Wilbury Theatre Group. He is a recent graduate of the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA in Directing.
Sharifa Yasmin, the Director of the Brown/Trinity Rep play One Flea Spare, met with the Theater Conversations class to talk about her career and her work on this play.
Curt Columbus, Artistic Director of the Trinity Rep Theater, met with Theater Conversations to talk about their current productions, Nurse Becky of Salem, which he directed and which was playing at Trinity Rep with The Good John Proctor.
The Berry Pickers by Amanda Peters
A four-year-old Mi’kmaq girl goes missing from the blueberry fields of Maine, sparking a mystery that will haunt the survivors, unravel a family, and remain unsolved for nearly fifty years. More than just a mystery, this historical novel is a bittersweet examination of family ties. After a Mi’kmaq family moves to Maine to pick blueberries for the season, their youngest daughter mysteriously goes missing. Years later, a woman named Norma is plagued by strange memories — and becomes determined to find out what her parents are hiding from her.
A Council of Dolls by Mona Susan Power
The long-awaited, profoundly moving, and unforgettable new novel from PEN Award–winning Native American author Mona Susan Power, spanning three generations of Yanktonai Dakota women from the 19th century to the present day.
This heart-wrenching tale sheds light on the historical massacres of Indigenous people and the damage caused by Indian boarding schools. The lives of three Yanktonai Dakhóta women — Cora, Lillian, and Sissy — are woven together by their ancestral heritage and told through the dolls they carried.
Blood Sisters by Vanessa Lillie
Cherokee archeologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Rhode Island, Syd Walker thought she had escaped her traumatic past in rural Oklahoma. But when her sister goes missing, Syd returns home and uncovers a string of missing persons cases involving Indigenous women. Can Syd expose the town’s corruption and save her sister?
Birding While Indian: A Mixed-Blood Memoir by Thomas C. Gannon
In this memoir that Kirkus Reviews dubs “a fascinating search for personal and cultural identity,” Gannon — an English professor and enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe — describes the solace he found in birding, his encounters with different indigenous bird species, and how his experiences in the natural world intersected with his life growing up in the Great Plains.
Can a Picture Book Save the World?
A summer 2023 course for LLC
Members of the course “Can a Picture Book Save the World?,” which explored Black authors and illustrators of children’s picture books, enjoyed a visit to the Providence Athenaeum in August.
Children’s librarian, Lindsay Shaw, shared stories and information about children’s books available in the Sayles Gorham Children’s Library.
“A chance to sit and spend an afternoon talking about books in this special library…Wow!”
Patty Reynolds, Diana Grady, Beverly Pettine, Ginny Fox, Lindsay Shaw, Carole Marshall
Beverly Pettine, Ginny Fox
Thank you to Ruth Guyer for providing this opportunity!
Photos by Ruth Guyer
Not Lost Cause
By Allan Klepper
We’re at the stage, in our golden age;
Within the Proverbial Book.
It racked your brain, incurred much strain,
No matter how long it took.
When something’s lost, finding’s the cost;
The effort that one must brook.
Tho locations abound, guarantee be found
In the last place that you look.