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A Novel Idea... Read Together 2015

The Library Book Club is reading A Tale for the Time Being in April as part of A Novel Idea. To find out when your local Library Book Club is meeting to discuss A Tale for the Time Being, follow one of the links below:

Upcoming Events

Redmond: A Novel Idea Book Discussion
Friday, April 13, 2018
6:00 PM

Redmond Public Library
Herringbone Books

Read and discuss "No One Can Pronounce My Name" with friends and neighbors as part of A Novel Idea community reads program.

"No One Can Pronounce My Name" is a distinctive, funny, and insightful look into the lives of people who must reconcile the strictures of their culture and traditions with their own dreams and desires. This tender multigenerational story about immigrants and outsiders takes place in Ohio and follows the lives of several Indian Americans as they struggle with issues of identity, connection and loss while straddling the divide between Eastern and Western cultures.

Rakesh Satyal is the author of "Blue Boy," which won the 2000 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Debut Fiction and the 2010 Prose/Poetry Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. Satyal was a recipient of a 2010 Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and two fellowships from the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony. His writing has appeared in New York magazine, Vulture, Out magazine, and The Awl. A graduate of Princeton University, he has taught in the publishing program at New York University and has been on the advisory committee for the annual PEN World Voices Festival. He lives in Brooklyn.


Rakesh will be speaking at Bend High on Sunday, May 6. Tickets are free but required and become available on Saturday, April 21 at www.dplfoundation.org or at any branch library.






Sisters: A Novel Idea - Bollywood and BollyX
Saturday, April 14, 2018
12:00 PM

Sisters Public Library
Meeting Room

Bollywood movies and movement with Jaspreet Arora.

Immerse yourself in the cultural and entertaining expressions of Bollywood films and move to its beats with BollyX, the Bollywood dance workout. BollyX is a Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program that combines dynamic choreography with music from Bollywood and around the world. Presenter Jaspreet Arora has been a Bhangra (North Indian Folk Dance) performer and instructor for many years and is a certified BollyX instructor. Come prepared to move and explore rejuvenating moves and the Bollywood phenomenon.





Sunriver: A Novel Idea - Hinduism 101
Saturday, April 14, 2018
12:00 PM

Sunriver Public Library
Meeting Room

Hiduism and the role it plays in "No One Can Pronounce My Name."

Kristin Scheible will present a brief introduction to Hinduism, using the many references in "No One Can Pronounce My Name" as a framework. How does Hinduism inflect the various themes (cultural conventions, attitudes toward sexuality, relationships, obligations, identity) explored through the characters? What are some Hindu practical and theological concerns that transform in diaspora?

Kristin Scheible (Harvard University, Ph.D) is a scholar of South Asian Religions who researches religious/historical narrative literature, rhetorical strategies employed in Pāli and Sanskrit texts, and the affective domain provoked by religious texts. She is the author of Reading the Mahāvaṃsa: The Literary Aims of a Theravāda Buddhist History (Columbia University Press, 2016), and is currently at work with a co-author on an anthology spanning the multiple religious traditions of India. She teaches courses in Buddhism, Hinduism, emotion and the arousal of faith, gender and South Asian religious nationalisms at Reed College. She is currently co-producing a documentary film exploring Indian classical dance as a mode of Hindu cultural expression in Portland, Oregon





Downtown Bend: A Novel Idea - Kick Off
Saturday, April 14, 2018
3:00 PM

Downtown Bend Public Library
Brooks Room

Stacey Donohue provides a snapshot of No One Can Pronounce My Name and Jaspreet Arora provides a glimpse of the entertaining world of Bollywood.






Downtown Bend: A Novel Idea - Hinduism 101
Sunday, April 15, 2018
1:00 PM

Downtown Bend Public Library
Brooks Room

Hiduism and the role it plays in "No One Can Pronounce My Name."

Kristin Scheible will present a brief introduction to Hinduism, using the many references in "No One Can Pronounce My Name" as a framework. How does Hinduism inflect the various themes (cultural conventions, attitudes toward sexuality, relationships, obligations, identity) explored through the characters? What are some Hindu practical and theological concerns that transform in diaspora?

Kristin Scheible (Harvard University, Ph.D) is a scholar of South Asian Religions who researches religious/historical narrative literature, rhetorical strategies employed in Pāli and Sanskrit texts, and the affective domain provoked by religious texts. She is the author of Reading the Mahāvaṃsa: The Literary Aims of a Theravāda Buddhist History (Columbia University Press, 2016), and is currently at work with a co-author on an anthology spanning the multiple religious traditions of India. She teaches courses in Buddhism, Hinduism, emotion and the arousal of faith, gender and South Asian religious nationalisms at Reed College. She is currently co-producing a documentary film exploring Indian classical dance as a mode of Hindu cultural expression in Portland, Oregon






Downtown Bend: A Novel Idea - Taste of India at Mantra Indian Kitchen
Sunday, April 15, 2018
4:00 PM

Downtown Bend Public Library
Mantra Indian Kitchen & Tap Room

Explore the culinary traditions of India.

Food plays an important role in No One Can Pronounce My Name. During this program Runi Srikantaiah and his team from Mantra demonstrate traditional Indian cooking with a modern twist. Samples and recipes provided. Beverages available for purchase. Space is limited and registration is required.





Downtown Bend: A Novel Idea - Vampires: A History of the Creatures of the Night
Monday, April 16, 2018
6:00 PM

Downtown Bend Public Library
Brooks Room

Vampires: A History of the Creatures of the Night.

Community Librarian Nate Pedersen explores the cultural history of the vampire in folklore and literature.




Sunriver: A Novel Idea Book Discussion
Monday, April 16, 2018
6:00 PM

Sunriver Public Library
Sunriver Books and Music

Read and discuss "No One Can Pronounce My Name" with friends and neighbors as part of A Novel Idea community reads program.

"No One Can Pronounce My Name" is a distinctive, funny, and insightful look into the lives of people who must reconcile the strictures of their culture and traditions with their own dreams and desires. This tender multigenerational story about immigrants and outsiders takes place in Ohio and follows the lives of several Indian Americans as they struggle with issues of identity, connection and loss while straddling the divide between Eastern and Western cultures.

Rakesh Satyal is the author of "Blue Boy," which won the 2000 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Debut Fiction and the 2010 Prose/Poetry Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. Satyal was a recipient of a 2010 Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and two fellowships from the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony. His writing has appeared in New York magazine, Vulture, Out magazine, and The Awl. A graduate of Princeton University, he has taught in the publishing program at New York University and has been on the advisory committee for the annual PEN World Voices Festival. He lives in Brooklyn.


Rakesh will be speaking at Bend High on Sunday, May 6. Tickets are free but required and become available on Saturday, April 21 at www.dplfoundation.org or at any branch library.






Redmond: A Novel Idea - Bollywood and BollyX
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
6:00 PM

Redmond Public Library
Multi-Purpose Room

Bollywood movies and movement with Jaspreet Arora.

Immerse yourself in the cultural and entertaining expressions of Bollywood films and move to its beats with BollyX, the Bollywood dance workout. BollyX is a Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program that combines dynamic choreography with music from Bollywood and around the world. Presenter Jaspreet Arora has been a Bhangra (North Indian Folk Dance) performer and instructor for many years and is a certified BollyX instructor. Come prepared to move and explore rejuvenating moves and the Bollywood phenomenon.






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East Bend: A Novel Idea - Handmade Book of Secrets
Thursday, April 19, 2018
5:30 PM

East Bend Public Library
Meeting Room

Workshop: Handmade Book of Secrets

Many of the characters in "No One Can Pronounce My Name" are extremely private, with secret or unspoken ambitions, desires, or histories. Do you harbor something secret or unspoken? Do you wish it to remain secret....or are you ready to share it?

In this workshop, we'll create a personal handmade book to hold our own secret or rarely shared ambitions, desires, or histories. Your book can hold a single secret or several. Bring plenty of source material to cut up (e.g., copies of photographs, pages from brochures or magazines, postcards, letters, and other ephemera) relating to your secret. Inspired by the book, we'll use hand-carved wood blocks from India to print colorful designs on our book covers. (The extended workshop at Bend Art Center will include additional printing with the studio's presses.) You decide whether your secrets are fully revealed or remain safely hidden within your book. Space is limited and registration is required.
*ANI*


Downtown Bend: A Novel Idea - Handmade Book of Secrets
Friday, April 20, 2018
12:00 PM

Downtown Bend Public Library
Bend Art Center

Workshop: Handmade Book of Secrets

Many of the characters in No One Can Pronounce My Name are extremely private, with secret or unspoken ambitions, desires, or histories. Do you harbor something secret or unspoken? Do you wish it to remain secret....or are you ready to share it?
In this workshop, we'll create a personal handmade book to hold our own secret or rarely shared ambitions, desires, or histories. Your book can hold a single secret or several. Bring plenty of source material to cut up (e.g., copies of photographs, pages from brochures or magazines, postcards, letters, and other ephemera) relating to your secret. Inspired by the book, we'll use hand-carved wood blocks from India to print colorful designs on our book covers. (The extended workshop at Bend Art Center will include additional printing with the studio's presses.) You decide whether your secrets are fully revealed or remain safely hidden within your book. Space is limited and registration is required.
*ANI*


East Bend: A Novel Idea - South Asians in the Pacific Northwest
Saturday, April 21, 2018
11:00 AM

East Bend Public Library
Meeting Room

Nalini Iyer, Professor of English at Seattle University and co-author of "Roots and Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest," discusses the long history of South Asian immigration to the Pacific Northwest. She will also discuss how South Asian American literature has evolved in the United States and examine the contributions of writers from the West Coast to the literary world.

Nalini Iyer is Professor of English at Seattle University where she teaches postcolonial literatures from South Asia, Africa, and their diasporas. She is the co-author/co-editor of three books: Other Tongues: Rethinking the Language Debates in India (2009), Roots and Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest (2013), and Revisiting India’s Partition: New Essays in Memory, Culture, and Politics (2016). She is also Vice President of the South Asian Literary Association (SALA).









Sisters: A Novel Idea - Handmade Book of Secrets
Saturday, April 21, 2018
12:00 PM

Sisters Public Library
Meeting Room

Workshop: Handmade Book of Secrets

Many of the characters in No One Can Pronounce My Name are extremely private, with secret or unspoken ambitions, desires, or histories. Do you harbor something secret or unspoken? Do you wish it to remain secret....or are you ready to share it?

In this workshop, we'll create a personal handmade book to hold our own secret or rarely shared ambitions, desires, or histories. Your book can hold a single secret or several. Bring plenty of source material to cut up (e.g., copies of photographs, pages from brochures or magazines, postcards, letters, and other ephemera) relating to your secret. Inspired by the book, we'll use hand-carved wood blocks from India to print colorful designs on our book covers. (The extended workshop at Bend Art Center will include additional printing with the studio's presses.) You decide whether your secrets are fully revealed or remain safely hidden within your book. Space is limited and registration is required.




*ANI*


Redmond: A Novel Idea - South Asians in the Pacific Northwest
Saturday, April 21, 2018
3:00 PM

Redmond Public Library
Multi-Purpose Room

Nalini Iyer, Professor of English at Seattle University and co-author of "Roots and Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest," discusses the long history of South Asian immigration to the Pacific Northwest. She will also discuss how South Asian American literature has evolved in the United States and examine the contributions of writers from the West Coast to the literary world.


Nalini Iyer is Professor of English at Seattle University where she teaches postcolonial literatures from South Asia, Africa, and their diasporas. She is the co-author/co-editor of three books: Other Tongues: Rethinking the Language Debates in India (2009), Roots and Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest (2013), and Revisiting India’s Partition: New Essays in Memory, Culture, and Politics (2016). She is also Vice President of the South Asian Literary Association (SALA).








Downtown Bend: A Novel Idea - Taste of India at Mantra Indian Kitchen
Sunday, April 22, 2018
1:00 PM

Downtown Bend Public Library
Mantra Indian Kitchen & Tap Room

Explore the culinary traditions of India.

Food plays an important role in No One Can Pronounce My Name. During this program Runi Srikantaiah and his team from Mantra demonstrate traditional Indian cooking with a modern twist. Samples and recipes provided. Beverages available for purchase. Space is limited and registration is required.





La Pine: A Novel Idea - Vampires: A History of the Creatures of the Night
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
3:00 PM

La Pine Public Library
Meeting Room

Vampires: A History of the Creatures of the Night.

Community Librarian Nate Pedersen explores the cultural history of the vampire in folklore and literature.*ANI*


Sisters: A Novel Idea - The Partition of British India
Saturday, April 28, 2018
12:00 PM

Sisters Public Library
Meeting Room

Look at how partition came about and how it continues to resonate even 70 years later.

This presentation looks at the way the British colonial period in India created conditions which made the idea of a single independent India, and the many ideas of different ways of dividing it, plausible.

Keith Snodgrass is the Managing Director and Outreach Coordinator at the South Asia Center at the University of Washington. During his presentation he will describe how colonial policies utilized ethnic, religious, and other identities, and how some of these policies contributed to the way independence eventually took place. He will then discuss some of the long term effects of the partitioning of British India into the independent states of India and Pakistan.

Snodgrass has written for "Education About Asia," taught courses and media in South Asia, and given presentations on this and many other topics to audiences around the Pacific Northwest.






Downtown Bend: A Novel Idea - The Partition of British India
Sunday, April 29, 2018
1:00 PM

Downtown Bend Public Library
Brooks Room

Look at how partition came about and how it continues to resonate even 70 years later.
This presentation looks at the way the British colonial period in India created conditions which made the idea of a single independent India, and the many ideas of different ways of dividing it, plausible.

Keith Snodgrass is the Managing Director and Outreach Coordinator at the South Asia Center at the University of Washington. During his presentation he will describe how colonial policies utilized ethnic, religious, and other identities, and how some of these policies contributed to the way independence eventually took place. He will then discuss some of the long term effects of the partitioning of British India into the independent states of India and Pakistan.


Snodgrass has written for "Education About Asia," taught courses and media in South Asia, and given presentations on this and many other topics to audiences around the Pacific Northwest.






East Bend: A Novel Idea - Make a Vintage Sari Bookmark
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
3:00 PM

East Bend Public Library
Meeting Room

Use vintage saris to create a one of a kind bookmark with Jennifer Nordby.

Create a one-of-a kind bookmark using vintage saris, glass beads, and vintage trinkets. Jennifer Norby, the creative mind behind Cultivate Creativity, leads the workshop and provides all that you’ll need to make a unique masterpiece.

Please bring the following items:
Beading needles
Embroidery needles
Sewing needles
Thimble if you use one
12” ruler
Sharp scissors
Glue gun and glue sticks
Aleene’s tacky glue

Jennifer creates stockings, boxes, and wedding accessories from vintage fabrics & sundries that she collects from all over the world – including vintage lace & beads from Italy and France. Each one-of-a-kind piece has many hours into the creation of each and every Wedding, Christmas, Valentine’s, Easter and other special occasion accessory.

From deconstructing articles of vintage clothing to hand felting every flower, Jennifer’s works are a true labor of love.





Redmond: A Novel Idea - Make a Vintage Sari Bookmark
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
12:00 PM

Redmond Public Library
Multi-Purpose Room

Use vintage saris to create a one of a kind bookmark with Jennifer Nordby.

Create a one-of-a kind bookmark using vintage saris, glass beads, and vintage trinkets. Jennifer Norby, the creative mind behind Cultivate Creativity, leads the workshop and provides all that you’ll need to make a unique masterpiece.

Please bring the following items:
Beading needles
Embroidery needles
Sewing needles
Thimble if you use one
12” ruler
Sharp scissors
Glue gun and glue sticks
Aleene’s tacky glue

Jennifer creates stockings, boxes, and wedding accessories from vintage fabrics & sundries that she collects from all over the world – including vintage lace & beads from Italy and France. Each one-of-a-kind piece has many hours into the creation of each and every Wedding, Christmas, Valentine’s, Easter and other special occasion accessory.

From deconstructing articles of vintage clothing to hand felting every flower, Jennifer’s works are a true labor of love.





Downtown Bend: A Novel Idea Book Discussion
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
6:00 PM

Downtown Bend Public Library
Roundabout Books

Read and discuss "No One Can Pronounce My Name" with friends and neighbors as part of A Novel Idea community reads program.

"No One Can Pronounce My Name" is a distinctive, funny, and insightful look into the lives of people who must reconcile the strictures of their culture and traditions with their own dreams and desires. This tender multigenerational story about immigrants and outsiders takes place in Ohio and follows the lives of several Indian Americans as they struggle with issues of identity, connection and loss while straddling the divide between Eastern and Western cultures.

Rakesh Satyal is the author of "Blue Boy," which won the 2000 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Debut Fiction and the 2010 Prose/Poetry Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. Satyal was a recipient of a 2010 Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and two fellowships from the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony. His writing has appeared in New York magazine, Vulture, Out magazine, and The Awl. A graduate of Princeton University, he has taught in the publishing program at New York University and has been on the advisory committee for the annual PEN World Voices Festival. He lives in Brooklyn.






East Bend: A Novel Idea - Women and Gender in India
Saturday, May 05, 2018
1:00 PM

East Bend Public Library
Meeting Room

Explore women's roles and gender in India with Dr. Anita Weiss.

India's culture is a rich and diverse one, one engrained in religion and custom. Dr. Anita Weiss, professor in the Department of International Studies at the University of Oregon, explores the customs, traditions, and roles women and gender play in India, and how these roles have evolved within the framework of Hinduism and the changing political landscape of the times.



*ANI*


Downtown Bend: A Novel Idea - More Together Than Alone Workshop
Saturday, May 05, 2018
1:00 PM

Library Administration
Admin Conference Room

Rakesh Satyal, author of "No One Can Pronounce My Name" leads writing workshop.

One of the key themes in No One Can Pronounce My Name is loneliness - and how loneliness can be both limiting and constructive. In this workshop, author Rakesh Satyal explores what makes strong characters, how writers can create them, and what literature might achieve when infused with both compassion and insight.


Redmond: A Novel Idea - Women and Gender in India
Saturday, May 05, 2018
3:30 PM

Redmond Public Library
Multi-Purpose Room

Explore women's roles and gender in India with Dr. Anita Weiss.

India's culture is a rich and diverse one, one engrained in religion and custom. Dr. Anita Weiss, professor in the Department of International Studies at the University of Oregon, explores the customs, traditions, and roles women and gender play in India, and how these roles have evolved within the framework of Hinduism and the changing political landscape of the times.*ANI*


Downtown Bend: Writers Reading - A Novel Idea Author Rakesh Satyal
Sunday, May 06, 2018
4:00 PM

Downtown Bend Public Library
Bend High School

"No One Can Pronounce My Name" reads at the final Novel Idea 2018 event.

Tickets are free but required and are available starting April 21 at wwww.dplfoundation.org and at all branch libraries.

"No One Can Pronounce My Name" is a distinctive, funny, and insightful look into the lives of people who must reconcile the strictures of their culture and traditions with their own dreams and desires. This tender multigenerational story about immigrants and outsiders takes place in Ohio and follows the lives of several Indian Americans as they struggle with issues of identity, connection and loss while straddling the divide between Eastern and Western cultures.

Rakesh Satyal is the author of "Blue Boy," which won the 2000 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Debut Fiction and the 2010 Prose/Poetry Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. Satyal was a recipient of a 2010 Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and two fellowships from the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony. His writing has appeared in New York magazine, Vulture, Out magazine, and The Awl. A graduate of Princeton University, he has taught in the publishing program at New York University and has been on the advisory committee for the annual PEN World Voices Festival. He lives in Brooklyn.






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