Ramping up for The Big Read Lakeshore

November sneaks up on me every year, like my cat attacking my foot for a full-blown brawl while I’m dead asleep. Does that ever happen to you? No? Well, trust me, November and foot ambushes are always a surprise.

With November comes The Big Read Lakeshore and this year, the book is An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo. An American Sunrise

While I enjoy a good limerick and I might have a martini glass with Dorothy Parker’s mug on it, poetry isn’t my usual go-to for reading time. With poetry, I feel like I’m looking at a really fascinating puzzle piece, but I don’t know where it fits and what picture it’s building. I needed lots of background—other pieces, and the picture on the box if I could get it.

To bring out the essence of Joy Harjo’s poetry, Herrick District Library has invited two more Native American authors to discuss their writing and cultural heritage.

Angeline Boulley is going to be joining us virtually on November 8 to talk about her incredible bestseller (that earned love from trendsetting readers like Reese Witherspoon), Firekeeper's Daughter.

Set in Michigan, you’ll probably recognize a lot of the places. If you haven’t done it yet, register for the event! 

Cynthia Leitich Smith is also going to do a virtual program about her book Ancestor Approved.

This is an anthology of short stories and poems by Native American authors, all headed toward or participating in the Dance for Mother Earth Powwow in Ann Arbor. Register for her event on November 15 at 7:00 today.

Events will be happening all over Holland and other lakeshore communities all through the month, so check out more of what is happening by visiting the Big Read Lakeshore website.