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Book discussion series closes with dose of ‘Medicine’

BY ROD JONES, Oklahoma City University Modified: October 10, 2012 at 2:05 pm •  Published: October 10, 2012

The “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” book discussion series at Oklahoma City University will close with “Medicine River” by Thomas King at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Walker Center room 151 at NW 26 and Florida Avenue. The discussion is free to the public.

The series is funded by grants from the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

King, a Canadian of Cherokee descent, describes the humorous escapades of the reservation basketball team, a Calgary dating service, a world-traveling storyteller and the town's ritualized social life through the observant eyes of protagonist Will, a man returning home in search of discovering his own past.

Amid deceptively light-hearted humor and at times hilarious escapades, King weaves together a serious tale through creative storytelling.

History professor Jim Buss will facilitate the discussion. At each session in the series, a humanities scholar makes a presentation on the book in the context of the theme. Small group discussions follow with experienced discussion leaders. At the end, all participants come together for a brief wrap-up.

Harbour Winn, director of OCU’s Center for Interpersonal Study through Film and Literature, explained that the purpose of this season’s series is to explore the true and various cultures of Native American tribes, and perhaps unravel some popular misconceptions.

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