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Community Reading Event

For the 8th consecutive year, the communities of Lafayette, Louisville, and Superior are asking residents, "What happens when everyone in the community reads the same book at the same time?" What we hope is that people will be inspired to read and will then inspire family and friends to join in and start a conversation. We have seen this happen each of the past seven years, and we believe this year's selection will continue the tradition.

From The Amazon Book Review (Editors' Pick for Best Book of 2017)

In the 1920s, the Osage found themselves in a unique position among Native Americans tribes. As other tribal lands were parceled out in an effort by the government to encourage dissolution and assimilation of both lands and culture, the Osage negotiated to maintain the mineral rights for their corner of Oklahoma, creating a kind of “underground reservation.” It proved a savvy move; soon countless oil rigs punctured the dusty landscape, making the Osage very rich. And that’s when they started dying.

You’d think the Osage Indian Reservation murders would have been a bigger story, one as familiar as the Lindbergh kidnapping or Bonnie and Clyde. It has everything, but at scale: Execution-style shootings, poisonings, and exploding houses drove the body count to over two dozen, while private eyes and undercover operatives scoured the territory for clues. Even as legendary and infamous oil barons vied for the most lucrative leases, J. Edgar Hoover’s investigation – which he would leverage to enhance both the prestige and power of his fledgling FBI - began to overtake even the town’s most respected leaders.

Exhuming the massive amount of detail is no mean feat, and it’s even harder to make it entertaining. But journalist David Grann knows what he’s doing. With the same obsessive attention to fact—in service to storytelling—as The Lost City of Z, Killers of the Flower Moon reads like narrative-nonfiction as written by James M. Cain (there are, after all, insurance policies involved): smart, taut, and pacey. Most sobering, though, is how the tale is at once unsurprising and unbelievable, full of the arrogance, audacity, and inhumanity that continues to reverberate through today’s headlines. --Jon Foro, The Amazon Book Review

FREE PROGRAMS

      Book Discussions

      Monday, September 10, 7:00pm
      Wednesday, September 19, Noon
      Louisville Public Library, Meeting Room
      951 Spruce Street, Louisville, CO 80027 (map)

      Wednesday, September 12, 6:30pm
      Superior Bungalow
      122 E. William Street, Superior, CO 80027 (map)

      Monday, September 24, 6:00pm
      Lafayette Public Library, Meeting Room
      775 W. Baseline Road, Lafayette, CO 80026 (map)

      'Stories on Stage' Performance

      Thursday, September 27, 7pm
      Louisville Center for the Arts
      801 Grant Avenue, Louisville, CO 80027 (map)
      sponsored by the Louisville Cultural Council

       

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