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Book Club with Phoenix Public Library

Date(s): Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Phoenix MST
Book Club
Genre and Form(s): American Indian, Fiction, Indigenous, Novels
Cost: Free

About this Event

The NEA Big Read is all about broadening our understanding of the world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Join the Phoenix Public Library and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University for a discussion of The Round House by Louise Erdrich on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on WebEx!

No matter how much or little you may have read, come together with other members of the community to share your favorite characters or stories, explore the novel's tensions and themes, and discuss how The Round House connects with important issues in the community. Individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and identities are welcome. This event is presented in partnership with Phoenix Public Library, will not be live-streamed or recorded, and is open to the public and free.

Ready to start reading? Borrow a copy of The Round House in print, digital, or audio formats through the Phoenix Public Library or enter the book giveaway at

You can also find additional library and community resources on The Round House through the ASU Library Guide at

Looking for more events? Learn all about The Round House with Joe Buenker on February 28, listen to Native storytellers respond to The Round House on March 6, or view the full schedule for the NEA Big Read today at

About the Book

Riveting and suspenseful, Louise Erdrich’s The Round House is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction—at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture. Set on the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota during the late 1980s, The Round House tells the story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that forever transforms his family. Learn more about The Round House and start reading today at

About the Author

Phoenix Public Library (PPL) a system of libraries comprised of central Phoenix's flagship, Burton Barr Central Library (BBCL) and 16 branch locations, provides greater Phoenix communities and individuals an essential support system with one of the greatest empowerment gifts of all: free access to trustworthy information. A reliable entrance to knowledge platforms, cultural experiences, career and college readiness, entrepreneurial expertise and resources that champion lifelong learning for all.

About NEA Big Read: Phoenix

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. This event is presented as part of the NEA Big Read: Phoenix, celebrating Indigenous literary arts and culture in the Valley with over 25 talks, workshops, performances, book clubs, art exhibits other virtual events inspired by The Round House by Louise Erdrich. NEA Big Read: Phoenix is presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University with additional support from Arizona Humanities, Phoenix Public Library, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities Division at ASU, and over 40 authors, performers, and community organizations. Find events, meet our partners, and start reading today at

Support Indigenous Communities

The Phoenix Indian Center is the oldest American Indian non-profit organization of its kind in the United States, providing workforce development, cultural enrichment, and other vital services to Indigenous communities throughout the Valley for over 70 years. To support their work, visit their website at, click the donate button, enter an amount, and enter "NEA Big Read" in the description. Please consider making a gift to the Phoenix Indian Center today.

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