Readers taking part in the BookTalk series at Bismarck State College will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, in the BSC Library to discuss Will Weaver's "Red Earth, White Earth."
Guest discussion leader is Brian Palecek, a member of the humanities faculty at United Tribes Technical College.
Land, birthright and the clash of cultures fill the plot of Weaver's best-selling debut novel. Set in Minnesota on the White Earth Reservation in 1984, the book explores the lingering conflict between contemporary American Indians and whites in the Midwest.
This intensely personal family account opens with the return of prodigal son Guy Pehrsson after he receives his grandfather's terse letter: "Trouble here." How Pehrsson makes his way is the story of this novel, which reviewers have likened to the hard-hitting realism of John Steinbeck ("That rare, real thing, a writer of uncommon talent." - L.A. Times).
Weaver was a guest of BSC ArtsQuest in 2008. He is author of numerous novels and short stories for adults and young adults. "Red Earth, White Earth" became a CBS television movie. The title story from "A Gravestone made of Wheat and Other Stories" received the Minnesota Book Award and was produced as the independent feature film "Sweet Land." The American Library Association has honored four of his young adult novels as Best Books for Young Adults.
BookTalk discussions are open to all. Refreshments will be served.
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