Margaret Verble discusses her debut novel, Maud’s Line; Joy Harjo reads from her new book, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings
John Haworth, director of public programs at the National Museum of the American Indian and a member of the Cherokee Nation, joins Cherokee author Margaret Verble for a discussion of her debut novel, Maud’s Line, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt this year. The event takes place at the Allan Houser Art Park at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (108 Cathedral Place) on Sunday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m. Eighteen-year-old Maud Nail lives with her hard-drinking father and dreamer brother in eastern Oklahoma in 1928. Though she dislikes her rather symbolic surname, Maud is tough enough to warrant the label: In the book’s first scene, she shoots a cow to put it out of its misery after her brother is unable to pull the trigger. Maud is a reader, obsessed with books that allow her to travel far away in her imagination, and when a handsome peddler gives her a copy of The Great Gatsby, her life begins to change. Haworth’s essays have appeared in exhibition catalogs including For A Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw and Robert Davidson: Abstract Impulse. Both authors sign books following the discussion.
Joy Harjo takes the stage at 1 p.m. at the Allan Houser Art Park for a reading and performance of selections from her new book of poetry, Conflict of Resolution for Holy Beings, which traces history and memory, to be published by W.W. Norton in September. Harjo (Muscogee Creek) is an alumna and past faculty member at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She has received numerous awards for her poetry, essays, and dramatic writing, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN Creative Nonfiction Award, and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. Harjo signs books after the reading.
Admission to both events is free. For information call 505-983-1666 or visit www.iaia.edu/museum. — Jennifer Levin