Diane Wilson’s “The Seed Keeper” is chosen for the program, which will begin at a book distribution event in February and continue with the lineup in April
Lake Oswego Reads, the unique library program that brings the community together to read a single book each year, has unveiled its selection for the 2023 festivities.
Based on the recommendation of the Lake Oswego Reads Steering Committee—which is made up of community leaders, librarians, teachers, and others—the Lake Oswego Public Library chose “The Seed Keeper” by Diane Wilson.
The novel spans multiple generations and is told through the perspective of four women as the main character, Rosalie Iron Wing, discovers her family’s history.
“‘The Seed Keeper’ is a novel of strength, perseverance and resilience. Diane Wilson tells the story of Rosalie, a young Dakhóta who grows into adulthood straddling two cultures,” the director wrote. of the Lake Oswego Public Library, Melissa Kelly, in a press release. “Navigating a personal and family history of loss and hardship, Rosalie finds solace and strength in protecting life-giving seeds that the women in her family have cherished and passed down from generation to generation. In doing so, our main character regains his connection with her. past and its ancestors, and generates new hope for the future.”
Agnes Hoffman, Lake Oswego resident, added, “I was lost in this moving and touching story. It’s an uncomfortable read, but one that needs to be read. . Rich in nature, tradition and wonder, history weaves the cultural past with the current realities of foster care and prejudice. The author contrasts them with the broader effects of corporate farming. There is so much to savor and ponder. I loved !”
The Lake Oswego Reads launch event will take place on Saturday, February 25, when 800 books will be distributed to the community through a drive-thru in the library parking lot beginning at 11 a.m.
Then, in April, the program will feature talks, demonstrations, craft classes, music, art and more – all of which will be inspired by the novel. The festivities will culminate with a visit from Wilson, who will discuss the novel with the community at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25 at Lakeridge High School.
“This book opened my heart to the power of seeds, the Indigenous way of reclaiming a relationship with the land, and the women with ‘iron souls’ (ancestors) who provided stories, food and life to keep the culture alive. I look forward to a month of shows that will deepen our love of LO, its beauty and its history,” Steering Committee Member Cherie Dupuis said in the press release.
To see other books considered by the library, visit ci.oswego.or.us/loreads/books-considered-2023.
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