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An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo is launched in Petoskey
By Lynda Wheatley | March 5, 2022

Want to be part of the biggest book club in the country? Be at Petoskey’s Crooked Tree Arts Center Ross Stokes Theater (461 E. Mitchell St.) at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9. It’s the city’s kickoff to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read, a community reading program that each year selects a singular book for a nation of readers to read, celebrate and discuss. This year’s book: An American sunrise by Joy Harjo, who is not only the Poet Laureate of the United States, but also the first Native American Poet Laureate in the history of our nation. (i.e., she’s kind of a big deal.) We can’t recommend this book highly enough – about love, loss, beauty, survival, sin, morality, etc. – enough. We also recommend that wherever you are, pick up a copy and participate in some of the Northern events related to it. Eagle Spirit dancer Roberta Shalifoe (pictured) will perform at Petoskey’s kickoff and a host of other high reader events in cities across the North (fans can join a conversation with Harjo herself, by live, at a library in the Traverse Area District and National Writers Series event on April 22) is slated to run through May. Learn more at petoskeylibrary.org.