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One Book – One Lincoln activities: Sep 13-20 2010

One Book - One LincolniamamanFresh on the heels of the announcement of I Am a Man as this year’s One Book – One Lincoln title, here are your first opportunities to engage in public activities associated with Joe Starita’s book. Ironically, they’re opposite each other on the same day and time!

The first Discussion Group opportunity will be the Gere BooksTalk session on Monday, September 20th, from 2:30 to 4:00. This is at the Gere Branch library (56th & Normal) and is a regular book group that meets each Monday to enjoy book presentations by a variety of library staff members and volunteers. This week, come hear about I Am a Man and share your opinions about the topics and themes of the book with fellow readers.

On the same day, Monday, September 20th, 2010, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Nebraska State Museum, Mary Kathryn Nagle will give a dramatic presentation about Chief Standing Bear’s historic speech to the court in 1879 that pleaded for justice for the Ponca tribe. This presentation will be in the museum’s auditorium. Click here for full information on a promotional flyer.

Let us know what you think of these and other upcoming One Book events and activities!

And the winner is…

One Book - One LincolniamamanThe winning title for the 2010 One Book – One Lincoln, as voted on by you, the readers, is…

Joe Starita’s I Am a Man, a historical narrative about Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca Indian tribe, and his historic journey to achieve justice for his people in the late 1800s.

You can check out the 2010 One Book – One Lincoln site, with background information about Starita, the book, and the topics covered within the book, at the following URL: [link currently inactive]

Discussion groups and special programming are still being finalized — watch this Blog, the libraries’ web site, and the libraries’ Facebook and Twitter feeds to stay up-to-date on all One Book – One Lincoln developments!

One Book – One Lincoln 2010 announcement coming soon!

One Book - One LincolnIt’s less than two weeks until the announcement of which of the five finalists has been selected as the One Book One Lincoln title for 2010. Watch for the winning title to be revealed on September 13th, on the libraries’ web site, the One Book One Lincoln e-mail list and blog, Facebook and through the local media.

Which will it be…?

“I Am a Man” from the One Book One Lincoln List

Over the weekend, I finished “I Am a Man: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice” by Joe Starita.

I confess–all along it’s been my favorite for One Book One Lincoln due to its Nebraska connection, important story, and local author. Voting has closed, and we will announce the One Book One Lincoln selection in mid-September, so the suspense continues.

I was somewhat familiar with the Standing Bear story, of his role in the legal case in the late 1800’s establishing that Native Americans had rights in the sight of United States law. Starita places Standing Bear within the context of the United States of the nineteenth century and his place as a Ponca leader. The “journey for justice” referred to in the title is both literal and figurative. Starita details the Standing Bear’s route from Nebraska to Oklahoma and back, as well as the journey in court, establishing whether the United States government had the right to tell Standing Bear and his people where they could live.

There’s a strong sense of the distinct personalities of the people involved, and Starita does justice to placing them in the context of their time and place.

I’ll recommend this to people who enjoy reading about history and biography. It’s a story that all Nebraskans should know, and I’m delighted that One Book One Lincoln has placed it and its author in the limelight.

Top Twelve One Book nominees for 2010

One Book - One LincolnVoting for the 2010 One Book One Lincoln title has officially ended.

However, for readers looking for even more good titles to track down, our One Book One Lincoln finalists page has now been updated to include the Top Twelve nominees for 2010.

Check ’em out!