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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 visit­seum. — Jen­nifer Levin

Mar­garet Verble

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