The NEA Big Read is all about broadening our understanding of the world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Join the Phoenix Public Library and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University for a discussion of The Round House by Louise Erdrich!
No matter how much or little you may have read, come together with other members of the community to share your favorite characters or stories, explore the novel's tensions and themes, and discuss how The Round House connects with important issues in the community. Individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and identities are welcome.
This program will be presented online using Webex. Registration is required. Registered participants will receive a reminder email with instructions on how to join the meeting. Please note: registrations do not guarantee or reserve seating. Seating is first-come, first-served. Seating may be limited to 25 guests in order to allow everyone the opportunity to speak. Guests will be admitted 10 minutes before the event starts. Please arrive early to ensure you obtain a seat. This event is open to the public and free.
About The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Blending the classic coming-of-age story with elements of memoir, detective novels, suspense, and storytelling / oral history, the Round House "tells the suspenseful tale of a 13-year-old boy's investigation and desire for revenge following a brutal attack on his mother that leaves his father, a tribal judge, helpless in his pursuit to bring the perpetrator to justice," (NEA Big Read). While the primary theme in the novel is justice through the lens of indigenous history and tribal law, the book also explores family, sexuality, relationships, and religion.
A Note about Content
The Round House contains sensitive material and difficult subject matter that may be triggering for individuals who have been affected by violence against women, especially within Native communities. While we believe The Round House can guide us through these conversations—helping us to better understand the history and context of this violence, creating spaces of healing and connection for individuals, and moving us towards action and awareness as a larger community—it's important for us to center the experiences of those affected and acknowledge the risks.
About the NEA Big Read
A program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read is designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University is one of 78 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project between September 2019 and June 2020. More information about the NEA Big Read is available at https://www.arts.gov/national-initiatives/nea-big-read.