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Cold weather got you down? Check out some upcoming events at Writers & Books and get those creative juices flowing!

History Reading Group: The Louisiana Purchase

Thurs., Jan. 24, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Hosted by Steve Huff

Join Writers & Books’ history buffs as they explore the big issues and personalities of history. We do not choose particular books, but only subjects. You can read any book or other material on the subject and join the discussion.

 

An Evening of Storytelling with Rafe Martin
Thurs., Jan. 31, 7 p.m.
$8 general public/$6 W&B members
 
Join Writers & Books for an evening of storytelling for people of all ages with Rafe Martin. 

Rafe is the author of over 20 books that have been translated into many languages including Swedish, French, Xhosa, Zulu, Afrikaans, Korean, Japanese and Portuguese. Speaking as both an author and a storyteller, Rafe has appeared in thousands of schools, libraries, festivals, and conferences in nearly every state,including Alaska and Hawaii, and as far away as Japan. Among his many books are: Birdwing, The Boy Who Loved Mammoths and Endless Paths.
 
Rafe’s appearance at Writers & Books is supported by Language Intelligence: Professional Language Services.
 

Book Kick-Off: Sex and Manifest Destiny: The Urge That Drove Americans Westward, by Martin Naparsteck
 
Thursday, Jan 31, 7 p.m.
$3 W&B members/ $4 general public 

Reading and Reception 

Many factors–political, economic, sociological–contributed to the United States’ westward expansion across the continent. But the role that sex played has largely been unexplored by scholars. This is the first book-length study to examine such topics as Thomas Jefferson’s interest in the sex lives of American Indians, white’s fear of Indians raping white women, Christian missionary beliefs that Native American sexual practices needed to be altered in order to save Indian souls, and the desire of Mormons to practice polygamy. These and other sex-related dynamics all combined to play a role in America’s extension from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

 

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