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“Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” Continues with ‘Diary of a Part-Time Indian’ Feb. 21

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie

The Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma book discussion series at Oklahoma City University continues with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in OCU’s Walker Center Room 151.

The discussion series is titled “Young Adult Crossover Fiction: Crumbling Borders between Adolescents and Adults” and is made possible through a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council.

In this novel from acclaimed writer Sherman Alexie, protagonist Arnold, a young boy growing up bullied on a Spokane Indian reservation with a stutter and a lisp, decides that to get a good education he must transfer to all-white Reardan high school in a neighboring town where the only other Indian is the school mascot. To survive being accused as a traitor by his own people and being mocked by his new peers, Arnold resorts to humor and wit in a mythical struggle to rise above the life everyone expects him to live.

At each session in the five-part series, a humanities scholar makes a presentation on the book in the context of the theme. For this book, our speaker will be Mr. Russ Tallchief. Small group discussions follow with experienced discussion leaders. At the end, all participants come together for a brief wrap-up.

Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to preregister and borrow the reading selections and theme brochure by calling Tracy Floreani at 405-208-5707, e-mailing her at filmlit@okcu.edu or dropping by the Dulaney-Browne Library room 211 or 207.

UPCOMING DISCUSSIONS

* Mar. 7, Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid