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By: Virginia Volkman, Library Director
For: Red Rock News
Date: September 25, 2009


Sedona Book Festival

The Sedona Public Library is a proud participant in the Sedona Book Festival, to be held Saturday, October 3, from 9 am to 5 pm.  The Library will be sharing an exhibitor table with the Friends of the Library.  Look for information about library events and services.  The Friends will have tote bags and special used books for sale.

The Book Festival will be held in the parking lot of the Well Red Coyote bookstore.  Local and regional authors will be featured, along with publishers and organizations dedicated to celebrating the pleasures of books.  Free parking is available at the festival site, Relics Restaurant and the Library.

In honor of the first annual Sedona Book Festival, the Sedona City Council has issued a proclamation declaring October as Book Lovers Month.  A number of events are being sponsored by the Library to celebrate the month.  Two local authors will appear at the library to talk about their works.  The programs, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the Si Birch Community Room. 

Author Victoria Clark will be discussing her book, Journey through Northern Arizona on Thursday, October 8, at 6:00 pm at the library.  Copies of her books as well as a selection of vintage Arizona postcards will be available for purchase following the presentation.

Why, you might ask, will postcards be for sale?  While working on a research project about Arizona in 2001, Clark purchased some vintage postcards of early Tucson, which began a serious quest for more Arizona images.  Today her collection of Arizona postcards has grown to around 4000 cards and they are the inspiration for her books.

Journey through Northern Arizona has sections on Sedona, Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon, the Route 66 towns, Native American ruins and more.  Each chapter has a brief history of the subject, followed by postcards.  Each postcard has information on the year it was published (all before 1956), the publisher, information on the subject, and the approximate value.

The second local author scheduled at the library during Book Lovers Month is Maia Kincaid, Ph.D.  She will be discussing her new book, Being Human & Loving Life:  From the Wise Counsel of Plants, Animals, Insects & Earth on Saturday, October 10 at 6 pm.  Copies of her books will be available for purchase following the presentation.

In her books Kincaid reveals that when she quiets her mind, she hears the voices of plants, animals, and the earth, responding to her questions about why we’re here and what life is all about.   Through her many years specializing in animal communication, she has gathered memorable conversations.  Kincaid will share her experiences and offer guidance in the enhancement of your own innate listening skills.

A special library program will be held at the Sedona Winds Retirement Community on Wednesday, October 14 at 1:30 p.m.  This event, made possible through funding from the Friends of the Library, is sponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council and SPL in the Village.  Laura Thoe, ASU English Professor, will be discussing Armed with Our Language, We Went to War:  the Dine/Navajo Code Talkers.

During WWII, a small group of Dine (Navajo) men who enlisted in the Marines devised a code using the Dine language.  The code was used to pass secret information without the enemy ever deciphering or breaking it.   For years a cloak of secrecy hung over the service these Dine Code Talkers gave to the U.S. government and country.  More than 40 years later, the code was declassified and the Code Talkers were recognized and honored for their military contributions to the war effort.   The lecture will include a slide presentation.

If you’d like to take part in a book discussion, the library has two clubs that offer a variety of choices for book lovers.  The Third Monday Book Club’s next meeting will take place on October 19 at 10:30 a.m.   The group alternates reading fiction and non-fiction.  October's book will be Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking.  For those who want to wait for a fiction selection, November's book is the winner of the Booker award, The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga.

The Detective Book Club meets every other month to talk about two books in the mystery category.  The next meeting is Tuesday, November 10 at 2 pm when the group will discuss Flash Flood by Susan Slater and The Judas Judge by Michael McGarrity.  Both books are listed on the sleuths of the southwest reading list.   Future meetings will be on the second Tuesday in January, March, and May.

Finally, of interest to all book lovers, is the Friends of the Library Book Sale.  A Preview for members of the Friends of the Library will be held on Friday, October 16 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.  The sale will run during regular library hours from October 17 through October 25.  Additional times for the sale will be Sunday, October 18 and Sunday, October 25, from noon until 5 pm each day.

Virginia Volkman, author of this week's article,
is Director of the Sedona Public Library.

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