ADA — Ada Public Library is hosting a five-part reading and discussion series, “Piecing the Quilt, Stirring the Stew,” that will explore the experiences and visions of ethnic-American women. The series is part of the statewide “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” project. Books, theme materials and services for this series are provided by “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma,” a cooperative project of the Oklahoma Library Association and the Oklahoma Humanities Council. Funding for this series is provided by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Inasmuch Foundation and by individual donors. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of OHC or NEH. The program fee and refreshments are provided by Ada Library Friends.

“Two common metaphors used to describe our ethnic diversity, the melting pot or stew and the patchwork quilt, suggest traditional women’s activities, cooking and sewing,” said theme developer Jennifer Kidney, “ and that’s where the idea for this series originated.” The series includes a variety of literary genre—a collection of prose poems, a memoir, two novels, and a mystery—and presents experiences for Mexican-American, Jewish-American, Chinese-American, African-American and Arab-American points of view. “We think participants will enjoy the wide variety of readings and perspectives,” said Jennifer Greenstreet.

Programs begin at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16 in the large meeting room upstairs in the public library and continue through Oct. 11. Participants can sign up and check out books for the series at the library.

Dr. Lewis Parkhill, East Central University, will introduce the first book in the series “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros, Aug. 16. Dr. Trisha Yarbrough, ECU, will talk about Faye Moskowitz’s memoir “A Leak in the Heart” Aug. 30. “The Joy Luck Club” by Amy Tan will be the subject of the third program Sept. 13, and Dr. Ken Hada, ECU, will provide information about this remarkable book. Dr. Paul Lehman from the University of Central Oklahoma will open the program Sept. 27 with “Blanche on the Lam,” the first book in a mystery series by Barbara Neely. The final program Oct. 11 will feature “Arabian Jazz” by Abu-Jaber. Dr. Robert Greenstreet, ECU, will discuss Adu-Jaber’s first novel.

All programs begin with a short presentation on the author and the book by the speaker, followed by small-group discussions. Programs are Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information about participating in “Piercing the Quilt, Stirring the Stew: Ethnic-American Women’s Voices,” phone Jennifer Greenstreet at (580) 436-8121.

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