Omaha Public Library celebrated its 13th annual Omaha Reads campaign with Jonis Agee’s "The Bones of Paradise." The novel is set in the unforgiving Nebraska Sand Hills in the years following the Massacre at Wounded Knee. The story that unfolds is filled with mystery, heartache and grit, with two women and their families at the center of it all.
Jonis Agee is the author of 12 books, an English professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and one of the founders and editors of Brighthorse Books, a literary press that focuses on poetry, short fiction, novels, and creative nonfiction. Programs explored some of the book's themes, particularly the Native American culture in western Nebraska, including presentations by Joe Starita, author of "I Am A Man: Chief Standing Bear's Journey for Justice," and Joyzelle Gingway Godfrey, a retired college professor who taught Lakota Studies for Sinte Gleska University in South Dakota as well as English and Writing. Agee also held a meet-and-greet at the Milton R. Abrahams Branch and answered questions on a blog post for OPL's website. "The Bones of Paradise" was checked out 380 during the month of September.
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