Ada Public Library hosts a series of three programs on author Barbara Kingsolver on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 18. The programs will be presented by Jennifer Kidney.
The first program will focus on Kingsolver’s first novel, The Bean Trees, and its sequel, Pigs in Heaven, which deals in part with the Indian Child Welfare Act, an issue that has been much in the news lately.
The second program Oct. 2 will present Kingsolver’s historical novels. The Poisonwood Bible is set in the 1950s in the Belgian Congo and is told through the voices of the daughters of a Baptist missionary. The Lacuna is set in Mexico, Washington, D.C., and Asheville, N.C., spanning the period from the mid 1920s to the mid 1950s, and features artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera as well as Leon Trotsky as characters.
“The Lacuna is an amazing feat of the imagination supported by excellent historical research,” said Kidney. “I’m excited to have the chance to talk about this great book.” The final program, on Oct. 16, will cover Kingsolver’s “ecological” writings, including her most recent novel, Flight Behavior.
Jennifer Kidney is a free-lance scholar and poet who has twice been nominated for Oklahoma Poet Laureate. She is the author of six books of poetry. Village Books published her most recent book, Road Work Ahead, in 2012. She does author presentations and writing workshops for libraries, schools, and other organizations, and is also an adjunct assistant professor for the College of Liberal Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She is secretary of Cleveland County Audubon Society for which she writes an e-mail newsletter, “Bird Notes.” She has won awards for her poetry, technical writing, and brownie baking. An avid birder, gardener, and cook, she makes her home in Norman where she tends her quarter acre and keeps house for her three cats and her dog Lizzie.
To sign up for the programs, contact the library at 580-436-8121.