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Across the nation, libraries participate in Community Read, an annual event in which everyone in a town or community are encouraged to read the same book and then participate in discussions about the book and author. In 1996, Rudolfo Anaya, famed New Mexico author (and part-time Jemez Springs resident), was featured at our library.

 

Photo of Mandi Holder, Friends of the Library Treasurer.

Mardi Holder, Friends of the Library Treasurer, volunteered to help.

Photo of John Nichols.

John Nichols, one of three presenters.

Photo of Sara Wiuter, Friends of the Library President.

Sara Winter, Friends of the Library President hands out programs.

Photo of Rena Swentzeil and Carol Meine

Rena Swentzell, one of three presenters, and Carol Meine, Children and Youth Coordinator at the library.

Photo of Demetria Martinez.

Demetria Martinez, one of the three presenters.

Photo of Scott Momaday (Moderator), Rena Swentzeil, Demetria Martinez, and John Nichols.

N. Scott Momaday (Moderator), Rena Swentzeil, Demetria Martinez, and John Nichols.

Photo of Scott and Barbara Momaday.

N. Scott and Barbara Momaday waiting before the symposium.

Transcribed from Jemez Thunder, Feb. 15, 1995

As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Village of Jemez Springs, the library is sponsoring a “community read” event featuring the work of local resident N. Scott Momaday. We are focusing on two of his books that describe the Jemez Valley: House Made of Dawn and The Names.

MOMADAY READING - Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet N. Scott Momaday will be the subject of a “community read,” as part of the village’s 50th anniversary celebration. Photo by Robert Borden/Jemez Thunder

MOMADAY READING – Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet N. Scott Momaday will be the subject of a “community read,” as part of the village’s 50th anniversary celebration. Photo by Robert Borden/Jemez Thunder

Scott will appear at the library from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27, to read from these books and discuss his writing. The idea of a “community read” is that as many people as possible read the same book. In this case, if reading two books sounds a bit much, we urge everyone to read at least a sampling. The library has ordered extra copies.

House Made of Dawn, which won the Pulitzer Price in 1969, tell the story of a young man from Jemez Pueblo, home from World War II and caught between two worlds: one his father’s, the other of industrial America. The Names is Scott’s memoir of growing up in Jemez Pueblo.

Scott was born in 1934 in Lawton, OK, Kiowa country in southwestern Oklahoma. He spent his childhood in several different Southwestern communities (Gallup, Shiprock, Tuba City, Chinle, San Carlos, Hobbs) where he was in close contact with Navajo and San Carlos Apache, as well as Hispanic and Anglo Children. When Momaday was 12, his parents took teaching jobs at Jemez Pueblo. After studying at a Virginia military academy, Scott attended the University of New Mexico (B.A. in political science), the University of Virginia (briefly to study law), and Stanford (M.A. and Ph.D. in English). Scott is a poet, novelist, playwright, storyteller, artist, and a professor of English and American literature. He created the Buffalo Trust, a non-profit foundation for the preservation, protection and return of their cultural heritage to Native peoples, especially children.

Across the nation, libraries participate in Community Read, an annual event in which everyone in a town or community are encouraged to read the same book and then participate in discussions about the book and author. In 1995, Jemez Springs Public Library chose two of Scott Momaday’s books, and Scott led the discussion. The Community Read event was part of a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the Village of Jemez Springs. Erica Kane designed this poster, featuring one of Scott’s paintings, to advertise the event.

Momaday Community Read