Malden reads a Native American diary

February 2, 2013 by  

Malden Public Library’s Opening Celebration is to be held later this month and will be hosted by Malden Reads—a community reading program that promotes Malden’s library and inspires people of all ages to read. Generally, all Malden Reads events offer free admission unless stated otherwise, and everyone is welcome.

‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’ by Sherman Alexie, has been selected as the featured book. This semi-autobiographical fictional piece was chosen as the Recipient of the National Book Award. Featuring Arnold ‘Junior’ Spirit as the protagonist, the book tells the tale of a young Native American growing up on an Indian Reservation in Spokane, WA who expands his horizons when he decides to enroll in a high school away from the reservation. In his attempt to embrace both worlds, Arnold tackles a plethora of challenges and experiences significant loss.

Although the book addresses problematic issues such as bullying, cultural loss, racism, and alcoholism, it manages to be an engaging and humorous work. It is the character’s precise wit, determination, irreverence, participation in sports, and the creative channel of sketching which, in the end, attests to his spirit.

In addition to the library, printed copies of the book will be available at various locations in Malden, including Laundromats, medical offices and clinics, stationery printers, and beauty salons.

Through this alternative circulation platform, the goal is to engage those who might not be aware of the program to take part in it.

The celebration will be held on Thursday, February 21 from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm. For more information regarding Malden Reads, please visit the website or follow it on Twitter or Facebook.