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"A Novel Idea... Read Together"

Through “A Novel Idea… Read Together,” thousands of Deschutes County residents share the common bond of reading a selected book and participating in related cultural and literacy events each spring. This program is supported 100% by donations and grants.

Upcoming Events

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  • Apr 13

    6:00 PM - Friday - 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.

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  • Apr 14

    12:00 PM - Saturday - 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.

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  • Apr 14

    12:00 PM - Saturday - 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

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  • Apr 14

    3:00 PM - Saturday - 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.

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  • Apr 15

    1:00 PM - Sunday - 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

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  • Apr 15

    4:00 PM - Sunday - Mantra Indian Kitchen & Tap Room * Registration Required

    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.

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  • Apr 16

    6:00 PM - Monday - 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.

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  • Apr 16

    6:00 PM - Monday - 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.

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  • Apr 17

    6:00 PM - Tuesday - 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.
    Liz

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  • Apr 19

    5:30 PM - Thursday - Meeting Room * Registration Required

    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*

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  • Apr 20

    12:00 PM - Friday - Bend Art Center * Registration Required

    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*

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  • Apr 21

    11:00 AM - Saturday - 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).

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  • Apr 21

    12:00 PM - Saturday - Meeting Room * Registration Required

    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*

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  • Apr 21

    3:00 PM - Saturday - 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).


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  • Apr 22

    1:00 PM - Sunday - Mantra Indian Kitchen & Tap Room * Registration Required

    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.

     Add to Calendar  |   Find the Downtown Bend Public Library

  • Apr 25

    3:00 PM - Wednesday - 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*

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  • Apr 28

    12:00 PM - Saturday - 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.

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  • Apr 29

    1:00 PM - Sunday - 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.

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  • May 1

    3:00 PM - Tuesday - Meeting Room * Registration Required

    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.

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  • May 2

    12:00 PM - Wednesday - Multi-Purpose Room * Registration Required

    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.

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  • May 2

    6:00 PM - Wednesday - 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.

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  • May 5

    1:00 PM - Saturday - Admin Conference Room * Registration Required

    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.

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  • May 5

    1:00 PM - Saturday - 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*

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  • May 5

    3:30 PM - Saturday - 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*

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  • May 6

    4:00 PM - Sunday - 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.

     Add to Calendar  |   Find the Downtown Bend Public Library

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