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Sarris converses with Raskin

December 27, 2019

On Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. the Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library presents “A Sense of Place: Author Greg Sarris in Conversation with Jonah Raskin.” This event will feature Greg Sarris, Tribal Leader of the Graton Rancheria, and local journalist, Jonah Raskin.

It’s just over a quarter-of-a-century since Sarris’ award-winning book, Grand Avenue, was published and took the literary world by storm. “It’s a good time to look back at that book, at more recent work and at Sarris’s whole career,” says Raskin. “You can’t get more local than Greg, who was born and raised in Santa Rosa, went to SRJC, teaches at SSU and is the Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria.”

In Sarris’ most recent work, How a Mountain Was Made: Stories, he “turns his attention to his ancestral home, Sonoma Mountain, in Northern California.”  Crows, Question Woman and Answer Woman, take the reader “through a world unlike yet oddly reminiscent of our own: one which blooms bright with poppies, lupines, and clover; one in which Water Bug 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.”

Copies of Grand Avenue and How a Mountain Was Made will be available for give-away while supplies last at the event.

Greg Sarris is currently serving his fourteenth term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. He holds the Graton Rancheria Endowed Chair in Writing and Native American Studies at Sonoma State University, and his publications include Keeping Slug Woman Alive: A Holistic Approach to American Indian Texts (1993), Grand Avenue (1994), and Watermelon Nights (1999). 

Jonah Raskin is an SSU professor emeritus and the author of 18 books. He was a Fulbright Professor in Belgium, where he taught American literature and popular culture, and he was the chair of the communication studies department at SSU for 16 years. His Ph.D. is from the University of Manchester in England. He writes for the North Bay Bohemian and Valley of the Moon magazine.

This event is free and open to all. The library is located at 6250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park, California.  For more information contact librarian Lisa Musgrove at 707-584-9121 or lmusgrove@sonomalibrary.org.  Thanks to the Rohnert Park-Cotati Friends of the Library for providing funds to purchase the books.