“Night of the Living Rez” will be featured book for 2022’s One Book One Valley

The 16th One Book One Valley community read program is underway. Sixteen public libraries throughout the region and White Birch Books have once again planned a two-month series of programs and discussions based on a common read. This year the featured book is “Night of the Living Rez” by Morgan Talty. The author’s first book, it was released in August to a host of positive and starred reviews, and has been nominated for this year’s New England Book Award. 

Set in a native community in Maine, “Night of the Living Rez” examines the consequences and merits of inheritance. The interconnected stories create an unforgettable portrayal of what it means to be Penobscot in the twenty-first century. Copies of the book are available at all participating libraries and at White Birch Books.

On Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m.,Talty will be on stage in conversation with Laura Knoy at the Majestic Theatre in Conway Village. Knoy is a writer, speaker, journalist, and former public radio talk show host. A book signing will follow the program. This event will also be live-streamed. To register for the online live-stream, visit  https://rentals.anywhereseat.com. There is no need to reserve a space to attend in-person. 

In addition to the main event at the Majestic Theatre, there will be multiple opportunities in September and October – both in-person and virtual – for readers to meet at local libraries or at White Birch Books to discuss the book and learn more about some of the book’s themes.  Presentations and panel discussions will cover the history of Indigenous peoples in this area, and the connections between mental health, trauma, and substance use disorder, among other topics.  A full schedule of discussions and programs can be found on the One Book One Valley website, https://onebookonevalley.org.  

Organizers of the series have also planned fundraisers to benefit this year’s and future One Book One Valley programs. A benefit night at Flatbread Company in North Conway will be held on Monday, October 10, when a portion of the proceeds from pizza sales will be donated to One Book One Valley. A “Meet the Author” soup, salad, and sandwich supper will be held prior to the main event on October 27 at the Conway Public Library from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Space will be limited for this fundraiser, and tickets will be on sale ahead of time at the Conway Public Library.

One Book One Valley is a community read program for the Mount Washington Valley. Its mission is to strengthen community ties and promote literacy through reading and discussing a book with a theme that resonates locally. Along with founding partner White Birch Books, participating libraries are Bartlett, Bridgton, Brownfield, Charlotte Hobbs Memorial in Lovell, Chocorua, Conway, Cook Memorial in Tamworth, Effingham, Freedom, Fryeburg, Jackson, Madison, Meredith, Moultonborough, Pope Memorial in North Conway, and Samuel H. Wentworth in Sandwich.

All One Book One Valley programs are free and open to the public thanks to the sustained financial support of participating libraries, Friends of Libraries organizations, independent bookstore White Birch Books, and business partners including Flatbread Company, Black Cap Grille, and The Samuel O’Reilly House. Friends of Jackson Public Library, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, is fiscal sponsor for One Book One Valley. To help support the One Book One Valley program, contributions can be made to Friends of Jackson Public Library, PO Box 276, Jackson NH 03846, or contribute online at https://gofund.me/843e53bb

“Night of the Living Rez” by Morgan Talty is the 2022 Selection

The One Book One Valley committee is happy to announce Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty, is its selection for 2022. Set in a native community in Maine, Night of the Living Rez, is a riveting debut collection about what it means to be Penobscot in the twenty-first century and what it means to live, to survive, and to persevere after tragedy. A collection that examines the consequences and merits of inheritance, Night of the Living Rez is an unforgettable portrayal of an indigenous community and marks the arrival of a standout talent in contemporary fiction.

Morgan Talty is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation where he grew up. He received his BA in Native American Studies from Dartmouth College and his MFA in fiction from Stonecoast’s low-residency program. His story collection Night of the Living Rez is forthcoming from Tin House Books (2022), and his work has appeared in Granta, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Narrative Magazine, LitHub, and elsewhere. A winner of the 2021 Narrative Prize, Talty’s work has been supported by the Elizabeth George Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts (2022). Talty teaches courses in both English and Native American Studies, and he is on the faculty at the Stonecoast MFA in creative writing. Talty is also a Prose Editor at The Massachusetts Review. He lives in Levant, Maine.

Mr. Talty will give a presentation and hold a book signing at the Majestic Theater on October 27th at 7PM. There is no charge to attend this event, which will also be live streamed. Just prior to the grand finale event, Mr. Talty will be the guest of honor at a “Meet the Author” event to be held at the Conway Public Library. Tickets for this event will be limited and cost $20 with proceeds benefiting One Book One Valley. Be on the lookout for TBD associated programming related to the themes of the book for the fall. Copies of the book will be available at all participating OBOV locations including White Birch Books. Comprised of White Birch Books and the public libraries of the Mount Washington Valley and beyond,
One Book One Valley is a community read program for the Mount Washington Valley. Its mission is to
strengthen community ties and promote literacy through reading and discussing a book with a theme
that resonates locally.

Trivia winner

I am pleased to report that Sir Bentley’s Mauraders won the day. They will get a copy of Dead by Dawn to keep as well as a book plate in a gifted copy of the new Mike Bowditch novel, Hatchet Island, released in June.

There was one question no one got! What “scent” animal may soon join Maine wardens’ missing persons search and rescue efforts? It’s horses!

Thank you to everyone who played and everyone who participated this year. Don’t miss the recording of Paul Doiron’s presentation – it’s terrific.

Thanks for another great program

Writer Paul Doiron gave a great talk on October 28, 2021 with a wonderful surprise for readers who love his Mike Bowditch mystery series.

Thanks to all who came in-person and online. All together, about 160 people attended the event.

If you attended either in-person or online, please fill out our survey to help us plan for next year.

If you missed this special evening, good news: there’s a recording!