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Fireside Chat Book Discussion

If you like to read, and like to discuss books in a relaxing and informal setting with others who like to read, then join us for our Fireside Chat Book Discussion group.  This group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm in the library by the fireplace.  Copies of books for discussion are available for check out at the library throughout the month.


The next group meets on: Thursday, Sept 28 at 6:30 pm
Book for discussion: Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt

Guest speaker Timothy G. Anderson, UNL Professor Emeritus will join the group.

 

Black Elk Speaks, the story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and his people during momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century, offers readers much more than a precious glimpse of a vanished time. Black Elk’s searing visions of the unity of humanity and Earth, conveyed by John G. Neihardt, have made this book a classic that crosses multiple genres. Whether appreciated as the poignant tale of a Lakota life, as a history of a Native nation, or as an enduring spiritual testament, Black Elk Speaks is unforgettable.

Black Elk met the distinguished poet, writer, and critic John G. Neihardt in 1930 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and asked Neihardt to share his story with the world. Neihardt understood and conveyed Black Elk’s experiences in this powerful and inspirational message for all humankind.

This complete edition features a new introduction by historian Philip J. Deloria and annotations of Black Elk’s story by renowned Lakota scholar Raymond J. DeMallie. Three essays by John G. Neihardt provide background on this landmark work along with pieces by Vine Deloria Jr., Raymond J. DeMallie, Alexis Petri, and Lori Utecht. Maps, original illustrations by Standing Bear, and a set of appendixes rounds out the edition.

Black Elk Speaks is the 2017 One Book One Nebraska for the statewide reading program. Launched each January, this program cultivates a culture of reading and discussion in our state, bringing our diverse state together around one great Nebraska story. This is sponsored by Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska, Nebraska Library Commission, University of Nebraska Press and the John G. Neihardt Foundation.

Read more information about this book at Bison Books