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Talk of the Stacks to host Leslie Marmon Silko on Thursday, Oct. 20

Leslie Marmon Silko
Leslie Marmon Silko

After a lengthy working hiatus, acclaimed Native American poet, essayist, memoirist and novelist Leslie Marmon Silko has returned with her first book in 10 years, “The Turquoise Ledge.”

Silko’s first full-length work of nonfiction, “The Turquoise Ledge” combines memoir with family history and reflections on animals, the environment and spiritual forces that command her attention and inform her vision of the world.

Taking readers along on her daily walks through the arroyos and ledges of the Sonoran desert in Arizona, Silko weaves tales from her family’s past into her observations, using the turquoise stones she finds on the walks to unite the strands of her stories.

The beauty and symbolism of the landscape around her, and of the snakes, birds, dogs, and other animals that share her life and form part of her family, figure prominently in her memories.

"The Turquoise Ledge" by Leslie Marmon Silko

Strongly influenced by Native American storytelling traditions, “The Turquoise Ledge” is a deeply personal contemplation of the spiritual power of the natural world — of what these creatures and landscapes can communicate to us, and how they are all linked.

As part of its Talk of the Stacks author series, Friends of the Hennepin County Library will host a reading by Silko on Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Minneapolis Central Library.

Join in Talk of the Stacks in celebrating the return of this award-winning author, unique visionary and gifted storyteller. 

The program will be free and open to the public. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation. Seating is first come, first served.

For more information, call 952-847-8107 or visit www [dot] supporthclib [dot] org.

Time: Doors: 6:15 p.m.; program: 7-8 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011
Place: Pohlad Hall, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Book clubs — A reading guide for “The Turquoise Ledge,” with an author interview and group discussion questions, is available online at Penguin Group.

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