Book Talk by Greg Sarris on How a Mountain Was Made

Thu, August 9, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Greg Sarris, author of the award-winning novel Grand Avenue, will talk about his new book, How a Mountain Was Made (published October 2017). In sixteen interconnected original stories, the twin crows Question Woman and Answer Woman take us through a world unlike yet oddly reminiscent of our own: one which blooms bright with poppies, lupines, and clover; one in which Waterbug kidnaps an entire creek; in which songs have the power to enchant; in which Rain is a beautiful woman who keeps people’s memories in stones. Inspired by traditional Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo creation tales, these stories are timeless in their wisdom and beauty. The figures in these stories ponder the meaning of leadership, of their place within the landscape and their community, not unlike how the artists in Time & Place: Human Impact and our Changing Environment ponder on the human role in the landscape, and similarly, how we consider the last 150 years in Lost Santa Rosa.

Greg Sarris received his Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University, where he was awarded the Walter Gore Award for excellence in teaching. He has published several books, including Grand Avenue (1994), an award-winning collection of short stories, which he adapted for an HBO miniseries and co-executive produced with Robert Redford. He is serving his thirteenth elected term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. Greg holds the position of Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Endowed Chair of Sonoma State University, where he teaches a number of courses in Creative Writing, American Literature, and American Indian Literature.

Lecture Sponsor receives 2 tickets and recognition in the Museum’s marketing materials. Lecture sponsorships are fully tax-deductible.

Doors open at 6:30pm, the TALK begins at 7:00pm. Greg Sarris’s book, How a Mountain Was Made, will be available for sale at this event.

Members are free; non-member tickets are $10 prepaid or $15 at the door.

Art Museum of Sonoma County

511 B Street

Price: $15.00

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