We are excited to share a great line-up of lectures and events this fall, including our Donna M. Loring Lecture, which will feature Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabe author and activist. We hope to be collaborating once again with Maine Women Write to feature book clubs with authors, but we are awaiting details on those events. We will keep you updated.
Joanne Dobson & Beverle Graves Myers
Face of the Enemy book launch
Thursday, September 20, 7 p.m.
Longfellow Books, Portland. Free/open to the public.
December 1941: America reels from the brutal attack on Pearl Harbor. Both patriotism and paranoia grip New York as the city frantically mobilizes for war. Nurse Louise Hunter is outraged when the FBI, in a midnight sweep of prominent Japanese residents,storms in to arrest her patient’s wife. The desperately ill Professor Oakley is married to Masako Fumi. The nurse vows to help the professor free Masako. But when the murdered body of Masako’s art dealer is discovered in the gallery where he’d been closing down her controversial show, Masako’s troubles multiply. Homicide detective Michael McKenna doubts her guilt, but an ambitious G-man schemes to lever the homicide and ensuing espionage accusations into a political cause celebre. Struggling to focus on one man’s murder while America plunges into a worldwide war, Louise and McKenna defy both racism and ham-fisted government agents in order to expose the real killer.
“Face of the Enemy is a deft historical novel that offers characters to care about, an engrossing story, a believable setting — and a window into a too-often-ignored chapter in recent American history. Read it for any one of those elements, or all of them; you’ll be glad you did.” — SJ Rozan, Edgar-winning author of Ghost Hero
Joanne Dobson’s latest novel is Face of the Enemy, A New York in Wartime mystery (2012), written with Beverle Graves Myers. She also writes the Professor Karen Pelletier mystery series from Doubleday and Poisoned Pen Press. Quieter than Sleep won an Agatha nomination, the novels have been widely reviewed, and in 2001 the New York Library Association named her a Noted Author of the Year. Joanne has retired as a Fordham University English Professor. www.joannedobson.com
Beverle Graves Myers made a mid-life career switch from psychiatry to full-time writing. A graduate of the University of Louisville with a BA in History and an MD, she worked at a public mental health clinic before her first Tito Amato novel was published in 2004. Myers also writes short stories set in a variety of times and places. Her stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Woman’s World, and numerous anthologies. She has earned nominations for the Macavity Award, Kentucky Literary Award, and Derringer Award. http://beverlegravesmyers.com
2012 Donna M. Loring Lecture
Winona LaDuke “Environmental Justice from a Native Perspective”
Thursday, November 8, 5:30 p.m.
Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center, 88 Bedford St., Portland Campus, USM.
Free/open to the public.
Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities.
The US is the largest source of greenhouse gases in the world, and influences international policy. It turns out that Native American communities have the potential to generate up to one half of present US electrical consumption through producing power from the wind. This is the alternative to both military intervention into oil rich countries, and represents the potential for ecological sustainability. In recent years, LaDuke has been involved in moving tribal communities towards wind and alternative energy systems, and working with tribal and state governments to voluntarily meet the conditions of the Kyoto accord. She has published several articles on this topic and her lively and engaging presentations offer alternatives and a vision for the future.
In addition to numerous articles, LaDuke is the author of a number of non-fiction titles including All Our Relations, The Winona LaDuke Reader, Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming, Food is Medicine: Recovering Traditional Foods to Heal the People and her latest, The Militarization of Indian Country. She has also penned a work of fiction, Last Standing Woman, and a children’s book, In the Sugarbush.
Cosponsored with UNE Center for Global Humanities, Department of Environmental Studies, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity, Office of the Provost, Women’s and Gender Studies Program; and USM Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and Women and Gender Studies.
Nicole Tonkovich “Performing the Fourth of July in Nez Perce Territory, 1885-1897”
Tuesday, Nov. 13, noon, St. Francis Room, Ketchum Library, Biddeford Campus. Free/open to the public/lunch provided.
Making use of previously unknown archival sources, Fletcher’s letters, Gay’s photographs and journalistic accounts, oral tribal histories, and analyses of performances such as parades and verbal negotiations, Tonkovich assembles a masterful portrait of Nez Perce efforts to control their own future and provides a vital counternarrative of the allotment period, which is often portrayed as disastrous to Native polities.
Nicole Tonkovich is professor of literature at the University of California, San Diego. She is the author of The Allotment Plot: Alice C. Fletcher, E. Jane Gay, and Nez Perce Survivance. She is the coauthor of Trading Gazes: Euro-American Women Photographers and Native North Americans, 1880-1940 and the author of Domesticity with a Difference: The Nonfiction of Catharine Beecher, Sarah J. Hale, Fanny Fern, and Margaret Fuller.
Cosponsored with UNE Women’s and Gender Studies