From car scams, to Chernobyl, to mob bosses, to serial killers, to US Presidents, Steve Kroft did them all for the news program 60 Minutes. This show transformed news. For 30 years, Steve Kroft has been an important voice within this show.
Joy Harjo was named the first Native American Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress on June 19th, by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.
Our library has three (3) of her books in our collection, two books of poetry and her memoir.
How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems by Joy Harjo – “This collection offers a selection of Joy Harjo’s body of work, including poems from She Had Some Horses and Mad Love and War. Known for her signature blend of storytelling, prayer, and song, her work draws from the American tradition of praising the land and the spirit. She began writing in 1973 in the age marked by the takeover at Wounded Knee and the rejuvenation of world indigenous cultures through poetry and music. Recognized today as one of our foremost American poets, Harjo has created a necessary volume that explores how we became human in poems of sustaining grace.”–Back cover.
Conflict Resolution For Holy Beings: Poemsby Joy Harjo – “A long-awaited poetry collection by one of our most essential Native American voices. In these poems, the joys and struggles of the everyday are played against the grinding politics of being human. Beginning in a hotel room in the dark of a distant city, we travel through history and follow the memory of the Trail of Tears from the bend in the Tallapoosa River to a place near the Arkansas River. Stomp dance songs, blues, and jazz ballads echo throughout. Lost ancestors are recalled. Resilient songs are born, even as they grieve the loss of their country.”–Publisher description.
Crazy Brave: a Memoirby Joy Harjo – “In this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo details her journey to becoming a poet. Born in Oklahoma, the end place of the Trail of Tears, Harjo grew up learning to dodge an abusive stepfather by finding shelter in her imagination, a deep spiritual life, and connection with the natural world. Narrating the complexities of betrayal and love, Crazy Brave is a haunting, visionary memoir about family and breaking apart necessary in finding a voice.”–Back cover.
So what is a “poet laureate?” The Poet Laureate of the United States is a person appointed annually by the Library of Congress and, “during his or her term, the[y] seek to raise the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry. The Library keeps to a minimum the specific duties required of the Poet Laureate, who opens the literary season in the fall and closes it in the spring. In recent years, Laureates have initiated poetry projects that broaden the audiences for poetry.” (loc.gov)
If you have never tried an audiobook format, June is the perfect month. Besides the fact that June is “Audiobook Appreciation Month,” it is also the start of summer vacations. If you are looking for something to listen to while traveling, try out an audiobook. If a hardcover format of a book is on a L-O-N-G library holds list, try out the audiobook version.
During the month of June, we will highlight some audiobook choices that may be of interest to you. This week, it is Hamilton: The Revolution, read by Mariska Hargitay, Lin-Manuel Miranda, & Jeremy McCarter.
This audiobook “gives listeners an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter… traces [the show’s] development from an improbable performance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later.”
This is the fast-forward version of the show. They are:
SEASON 1, EPISODE 1: “WINTER IS COMING” SEASON 1, EPISODE 9: “BAELOR” SEASON 2, EPISODE 9: “BLACKWATER” SEASON 3, EPISODE 5: “KISSED BY FIRE” SEASON 3, EPISODE 7: “THE BEAR AND THE MAIDEN FAIR” SEASON 3, EPISODE 9: “THE RAINS OF CASTAMERE” SEASON 4, EPISODE 1: “TWO SWORDS” SEASON 4, EPISODE 8: “THE MOUNTAIN AND THE VIPER” SEASON 4, EPISODE 10: “THE CHILDREN” SEASON 5, EPISODE 8: “HARDHOME” SEASON 5, EPISODE 10: “MOTHER’S MERCY” SEASON 6, EPISODE 2: “HOME” SEASON 6, EPISODE 5: “THE DOOR” SEASON 7, EPISODE 4: “SPOILS OF WAR”
Today being Earth Day makes this a great time to test your climate knowledge. See if you know the most effective actions to take toward curbing climate change. The answers may surprise you. Take the quiz here.
If you want to learn more about our changing climate and what can be done, the MVCC Library has many resources available. Find some of them here.
Journalists and writers have come under attack from all sides in the past few years. Today, however, the Pulitzer Prize winners were announced and that should make the winning writers celebrate their career choices. Read about the history of the Pulitzer Prize.