The BookTalk discussion series at Bismarck State College concludes Sunday, March 6, with "The Book of Dead Birds" by Gayle Brandeis.
Suzanne Kramer-Brenna, adjunct English instructor, leads the discussion from 1 to 3 p.m. in the BSC Library. The book continues exploration of the series theme, "What Divides Us."
"The Book of Dead Birds" captures a young woman's struggle to come to terms with her mother's terrible past, while searching for her own place in the world. This moving mother-daughter story of migration, survival and reconciliation resonates across cultures and through generations.
The story also references a recent ecological tragedy at the Salton Sea in southern California where more than 14,000 endangered brown pelicans died.
Author, teacher and activist, Brandeis holds an MFA in creative writing/fiction from Antioch University. She has taught at universities, libraries, community centers and writing conferences around the country. "The Book of Dead Birds" won the Barbara Kingsolver Bellwether Prize, an award in support of literature of social responsibility.
BookTalk discussions are open to all. For more information, call 224-5450 or visit the "Read it! Read It!" blog at bismarckstate.edu/library. BookTalk is funded by the BSC Library and a grant from the BSC Foundation.