The Virginia G. Piper
Center for Creative Writing

Home / NEA Big Read Phoenix / Feb 10: Book Club Meet-and-Greet

Book Club Meet and Greet with Phoenix Public Library

Date(s): Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Online (WebEx)
Meet and Greet, Professional Development, Training
Genre and Form(s): American Indian, Community, Editing, Indigenous, Professional Development, Writing Practice
Cost: Free

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

About this Event

Interested in running a book club on The Round House by Louise Erdrich? Join Phoenix Public Library and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University for an informal book club training and meet and greet on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Phoenix MST on WebEx! 

At this meeting, attendees will work together to:

  • Come up with potential questions and other topics for conversation around the novel's characters, plots, tensions, and themes
  • Go over general strategies and tips for moderating discussions and maintaining a safe and welcoming space.
  • Review excerpts of critical articles, interviews, and other resources to help enrich conversation and feel prepared.

Please note: you do not need to have a book club planned or organized to attend this event. Anyone is welcome to attend. This event 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

Looking for more events? Find a book club, learn all about The Round House with Joe Buenker on February 28, 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 find ways to get your copy of the book 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 the NEA Big Read: Phoenix

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. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The 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

Logo for Phoenix Public Library

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.

Make your gift