« Saturday May 19, 2012 »
Start: 9:00 am
End: 12:00 pm
Alex Kava and Joe Starita will discuss their experiences following the traditional path to getting published by major publishing houses. Alex Kava is the author of the New York Times bestselling Maggie O’Dell mystery series, published by Mira Books, Random House and Brilliance Audio. Visit her website at Joe Starita has his books published by Macmillan, Penguin, and the University of Nebraska Press. His I Am a Man is the 2012 One Book, One Nebraska selection. His biography is at Those interested in participating should contact Ellen Scott at
Start: 1:00 pm
In 1877, Chief Standing Bear's Ponca Indian tribe was forcibly removed from their Nebraska homeland and marched to what was then known as Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). I Am a Man chronicles what happened when Standing Bear set off on a six-hundred-mile walk to return the body of his only son to their traditional burial ground. Along the way, it examines the complex relationship between the United States government and the small, peaceful tribe and the legal consequences of land swaps and broken treaties, while never losing sight of the heartbreaking journey the Ponca endured. It is a story of survival---of a people left for dead who arose from the ashes of injustice, disease, neglect, starvation, humiliation, and termination. On another level, it is a story of life and death, despair and fortitude, freedom and patriotism. A story of Christian kindness and bureaucratic evil. And it is a story of hope---of a people still among us today, painstakingly preserving a cultural identity that had sustained them for centuries before their encounter with Lewis and Clark in the fall of 1804.
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