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Community Read: Book Club Discussion

Gather with fellow Roaring Fork Valley book lovers to share your thoughts about Aspen Words Literary Prize winner “The Night Watchman” and discuss the novel’s questions and themes.

This book club discussion will take place in-person at the Pitkin County Library. We will meet in the Dunaway Community Room (limited to 50 participants) with the plan to break into smaller groups set-up both inside and outside (weather dependent).  All in person participants will be required to wear masks.

For those who would rather participate in the discussion virtually, please indicate this on the registration form and we will include you in the details for a Zoom discussion.

“The Night Watchman” by Louise Erdrich

“Louise Erdrich’s novel ‘The Night Watchman’ is a magisterial summation of her influential work while at the same time setting a new foundation for the future. A historical novel that is also a story of love, a familial chronicle, a book about Indigenous community and anti-tribal animus, it opens worlds incessantly. It can move from comedic visions of eccentric boxers to terrifying stories of the disappearances of Native women, hints of ghost stories and a prophetic explosion of violence inside the nation’s capital city. It is a wise and transformative masterwork.” – 2021 Judge Luis Alberto Urrea

ISBN: 9780062671189
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Louise Erdrich is the author of sixteen novels, volumes of poetry, children’s books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her fiction has won the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award (twice), and has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She has received the Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction, the prestigious PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Louise Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain band of Chippewa, lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore.

The Community Read, presented by Aspen Words and Pitkin County Library, strives to celebrate literature, unite readers around a work of fiction and ignite meaningful conversation on the vital social issues explored in the novel “The Night Watchman” by Louise Erdrich, winner of the 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize. 

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Event information
Tue Jul 27, 2021
5:30pm - 7:00pm EDT
Pitkin County Library
120 N. Mill Street
Aspen, CO