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Literature of the Land Book Club - Fall


Join us for the fall 2015 session of Literature of the Land, a book club hosted by the Helen Fowler Library. We’ll read 3 books over 3 months, focusing on a specific topic of interest. This fall we’ll examine water and the American West, including the management of it and the various ways it can shape our lives. In October, we’ll begin with Dam Nation: How Water Shaped the West and Will Determine Its Future, examining how water policy and the mitigation of natural resources have shaped the West. In November, we’ll discuss the classic, but surprisingly relevant eco-novel The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey. In December, we’ll conclude with The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History through the Heart of the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko, which recounts the voyage of three river guides and their dory down the flood-swollen Colorado River, including the history of the river, its exploration, and a discussion of the dams.


Each session has individual registration, please select all three date options with seperate registration if you would like to attend the entire series.


Each meeting is $5 for the public.




Registration is mandatory as attendance will be limited in number to allow for interactive discussion in a friendly group setting.


Literature of the Land: Meet the Author - Jack Marshall Maness, Song of the Jayhawk


When Congress opened the lands west of the Missouri River to settlement in 1854, it created the conditions that led to the Civil War, abolition of slavery, decline of Native peoples, and ultimately, the success of many Euro-American families. Religious idealists, battle-hardened frontiersmen, savvy entrepreneurs and simple farmers all came to make Kansas, and the West, theirs. They claimed, bartered, sowed, and bled on the land that is now known as the Breadbasket of America.


Song of the Jayhawk, the first in a trilogy of historical novels, was inspired by the lives of the author’s great-great grandparents, Irish immigrants and early settlers in Kansas who likely only wanted to farm this rich soil. Come meet the author, discuss the book, hear more about the history of land use on the Plains, and how the dense woods and rolling hills of the Missouri River basin influenced his novels.


$10, $8 members



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