The West: Where We Are Winter Program January 22nd-February 12th


This Thursday at 6:00-7:30pm in the Regional History Library, our winter program will kick off with the first of a four part reading and discussion series lead by our new Library Director Jenny Emery Davidson, Ph. D. The reading series will focus on contemporary fiction of the American West, and how the changing West has been illuminated by works created in the new millennium. Four short works will comprise the core of the series. Deeper Winter by local author Alexander Maksik is a short fiction piece published in Harper’s Magazine in 2013–the work explores the modern immigrant experience in short, sharp scenes set here in the Wood River Valley.
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Other short works in the reading series include Julie Otsuka’s Buddha in the Attic, Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams. The books are available in a variety of forms at the Library, including print, audio, Nook and downloadable Axis360 eBook.


The reading series is open to all–come to the library and register in advance if you would like the syllabus ahead of time, or call up a librarian to sign you up over the phone @ 726-3493 ext 107. We’ve also created a list of staff favorites with western themes and have a rotating favorites exhibit near the circulation desk. Please share your own recommendations for contemporary western reads, here in the comments, or at our Community Library website. You can even add your own review to our library’s online catalog and share your favorites with other readers for years to come.

The West: Where We Are program will extend to departments throughout the library this winter. The Children’s Library will film the movie Locomotive at 4:00 pm Monday January 30th. Ask a young adult librarian about our multimedia project–teens will be able to post selfies that highlight western placds and activities that highlight their place in today’s West. The Regional History Library has thousands of period photos and ephemera on display, and the Museum (1:00-5:00 Tu-Sat) has exhibits on Ernest Hemingway and Railroad Ties: Tracking the History of Sun Valley through it’s rail connections.

Find the West where you are @ The Community Library.