Walker Between Worlds: traditional Native with Leland Faulkner

Leland Faulkner performing Walker Between Worlds Sat. Oct. 1 @ 3pm at the Jackson Public Library

Join the Jackson Public Library, the Pope Memorial Library, and the Bartlett Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. for an all-ages performance of “Walker Between Worlds” performed by Maine talent Leland Faulker.

Walker Between Worlds is a harvest of Faulkner’s favorite traditional Native stories with told with an original perspective. These traditional tales of wonder are full of entertaining lessons and are a gift and legacy for future generations. It is a celebration of the beauty and simplicity of human imagination and the power of community.

Faulkner is a member of The Bad River Band of Chippewa Indians in Odenah, Wisconsin, his mother’s tribe, his father was a Shoshone Bannock tribal member from Fort Hall, Idaho. Leland has been a performer for over thirty five years. His parents were part of the U.S. Foreign Service and he grew up with an international background living in Afghanistan, Iran, and Africa. His performances have added to his world walking journey, as he has appeared in festivals and on tours all over the U.S. to Canada, Russia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Spain, and Turkey. Experiencing life in multiple cultures inspired the title for this very personal program Walker Between Worlds.

Faulkner is the former owner and artistic director of Celebration Barn Theater in S. Paris, Maine. With his abilities as a director, he has inspired actors, clowns, storytellers, mimes, and magicians to elevate their work. He trained at the feet of the great mime artist Tony Montanaro, and holds a degree in Motion Picture Studies from Brooks Institute. He was a consultant on the animated feature The Polar Express, created and directed the original production Shadowplay at Virginia Commonwealth University, taught magic and physical comedy to working professionals at The Very Physical Comedy Institute, inspired teachers at the Tennessee Arts Academy, and taught movement for opera singers at The Castleton Artists Training Seminar. He has a substantive resume and continues to add credits with every project.

This event is part of this year’s One Book One Valley community read event. The 2022 One Book One Valley selection is “Night of the Living Rez” by Morgan Talty. Copies are available at local libraries and White Birch Books. For more information about One Book One Valley please visit onebookonevalley.org

Faulkner will perform Walker Between Worlds on the lawn of the Jackson Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. (raindate Saturday, Oct. 15 at 3 p.m.). Folding chairs are available and attendees are also invited to bring their own. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Jackson Public Library, the Pope Memorial Library, and the Bartlett Public Library.

“Night of the Living Rez” by Morgan Talty is the 2022 Selection

The One Book One Valley committee is happy to announce Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty, is its selection for 2022. Set in a native community in Maine, Night of the Living Rez, is a riveting debut collection about what it means to be Penobscot in the twenty-first century and what it means to live, to survive, and to persevere after tragedy. A collection that examines the consequences and merits of inheritance, Night of the Living Rez is an unforgettable portrayal of an indigenous community and marks the arrival of a standout talent in contemporary fiction.

Morgan Talty is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation where he grew up. He received his BA in Native American Studies from Dartmouth College and his MFA in fiction from Stonecoast’s low-residency program. His story collection Night of the Living Rez is forthcoming from Tin House Books (2022), and his work has appeared in Granta, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Narrative Magazine, LitHub, and elsewhere. A winner of the 2021 Narrative Prize, Talty’s work has been supported by the Elizabeth George Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts (2022). Talty teaches courses in both English and Native American Studies, and he is on the faculty at the Stonecoast MFA in creative writing. Talty is also a Prose Editor at The Massachusetts Review. He lives in Levant, Maine.

Mr. Talty will give a presentation and hold a book signing at the Majestic Theater on October 27th at 7PM. There is no charge to attend this event, which will also be live streamed. Just prior to the grand finale event, Mr. Talty will be the guest of honor at a “Meet the Author” event to be held at the Conway Public Library. Tickets for this event will be limited and cost $25 with proceeds benefiting One Book One Valley. Be on the lookout for TBD associated programming related to the themes of the book for the fall. Copies of the book will be available at all participating OBOV locations including White Birch Books. Comprised of White Birch Books and the public libraries of the Mount Washington Valley and beyond, One Book One Valley is a community read program for the Mount Washington Valley. Its mission is to strengthen community ties and promote literacy through reading and discussing a book with a theme that resonates locally.

OBOV 2021 Trivia

Ordinarily, our 16 participating libraries and bookstores plan lectures and events around our annual book selection. This year live events have gotten tricky so, instead, we thought we could create activities you could do at home. Lichen Rancourt, with the Jackson Public Library, has offered several rounds of online trivia to our communities over the last 18 months and she agreed to produce a themed round to help celebrate One Book One Valley 2021. She says, “I changed up the format this time so that it’s self-paced. Do all the questions at once or work on them over a few days. Please, no researching or Googling for the answers and leave your team name and contact information to be eligible for a prize.”

To play Bowditch’s Maine themed trivia - all questions relate to Maine, the Warden service, Paul Doiron’s Mike Bowditch books, or some other book series - simply choose your team and play online, anytime, anywhere. The top scoring team will be announced at the author event which takes place at the Majestic Theater on October 28th at 7pm. Be warned, it is tricky and almost impossible if you haven’t read the series so ask around and find some teammates who have been into reading the Mike Bowditch series from the start.

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What’s your favorite series?

We had a terrific discussion last night in Jackson about Dead by Dawn as well as a brainstorming session about our favorite book series. I thought it would be fun to extend that to offering all our participating libraries readers the chance to participate. I hope that by our big event on October 28th, we’ll have a good list of local favorites!

Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People

Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People, an exhibit of photos and text, on loan to the Jackson Public Library throughout the month of October. All are invited to visit and leave comments during library hours.* This opportunity is funded entirely through donations; contributions can be made online, in a donation jar in the Library or directly to Family Diversity Projects.

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Yesterday I hung a photo exhibit as part of One Book One Valley 2019. Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People comes to us courtesy of the Family Diversity Project by way of the Jackson Community Church, who introduce us.

Family Diversity Projects creates traveling photo-text exhibits, books, and curriculum to help eliminate prejudice, stereotyping, bullying, and harassment of people who are discriminated against due to sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, national origin, religion, and disabilities of all kinds.

*The Library is open: Tuesday & Thursday 10-7; Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday 2-5; Saturday 10-2. We are closed Mondays.

One Book One Valley 2019

One Book One Valley

I am proud to announce the official start of One Book One Valley season in Jackson and this year’s book is Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis-Nutt.

It is the story of the Maines family and their journey accepting and then supporting the male to female transition of one of their adopted twins. There is a lot to learn from this story and I am really excited to learn it via this story, through all the related programs taking place around the Valley inspired by it, and with all my friends in Jackson. Please look at the One Book One Valley website to see the variety of events available, the following is what we are hosting here:

Sunday, October 6 at 7pm. Ask a Transgender Person Anything sponsored by ACLU NH. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to have an open, respectful conversation with your transgender neighbors! This event series began two years ago, and has toured to well over a dozen libraries, schools, and churches across the state, educating the general public about what it means to be a transgender person in New Hampshire. The event begins with our panelists sharing a little bit about themselves, then the rest of the evening turned over to a moderated conversation between panelists and audience.

Tuesday, October 8 at 4:30pm. Group Discussion of Becoming Nicole at the Jackson Public Library. All are welcome.

Saturday, October 12 at 2pm. Stories and Songs with Shana Aisenberg. Shana Aisenberg is an area musician and music teacher. Shana is Music Director at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes (UUFES) in Tamworth NH. She regularly fiddles for contra dances, plays concerts, and teaches music on stringed instruments including guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, ukulele and more to students of all ages. Shana will be reading stories of inclusion and diversity and sharing songs from American folk traditions for everyone to sing along with. Fun for all ages.

Pioneering Voices

Throughout October!
Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People from the Family Diversity Projects and inspired by the Jackson Community Church is a “museum-quality traveling exhibit including photographs and interviews with people of all ages who are transgender and some of their partners and children. Through first-person accounts and positive images, this exhibit seeks to challenge damaging myths and stereotypes about transgender people and to educate people about this marginalized, and often invisible group of people.”
The exhibit at the Library includes portraits as well as information and commentary about each portrait as a self guided tour. It will be exhibited through October. If you would like to help, I set up a Go Fund Me page to offset the expense of transporting and hosting these photos.