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Becoming Story: A Journey among Seasons, Places, Trees, and Ancestors

Thursday, May 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

| $5 – $10

Author Greg Sarris in conversation with writer and literary critic Jane Ciabattari

For the first time in more than twenty-five years, Greg Sarris—whose novels are esteemed alongside those of Louise Erdrich and Stephen Graham Jones—presents a book about his own life. In Becoming Story he asks: What does it mean to be truly connected to the place you call home—to walk where innumerable generations of your ancestors have walked? And what does it mean when you dedicate your life to making that connection even deeper? Moving between his childhood and the present day, Sarris creates a kaleidoscopic narrative about the forces that shaped his early years and his eventual work as a tribal leader. He considers the deep past, historical traumas, and possible futures of his homeland. His acclaimed storytelling skills are in top form here, and he charts his journey in prose that is humorous, searching, and profound. A gently powerful memoir, Becoming Story is also a master class in the art of belonging to the place where you live.

Location: 4th Floor Meeting Room, Mechanics’ Institute
Masks are strongly encouraged for unvaccinated individuals.

Greg Sarris is currently serving his fourteenth term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. He holds the Graton Rancheria Endowed Chair in Writing and Native American Studies at Sonoma State University, and his publications include Keeping Slug Woman Alive: A Holistic Approach to American Indian Texts (1993), Grand Avenue (1994), and Watermelon Nights (1999). Greg lives and works in Sonoma County. Visit his website at greg-sarris.com. (Photo Credit: Christopher Coughlin)

 

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Mechanics Institute
57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94104 United States
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