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Fw: Wrex's Wreading Gnuz: FEB 24: Monday the 25th: Laura Madeline Wiseman & Fran Higgins at Crescent Moon ; WED the 27th - Li-Young Lee AND Julija Sukys BOTH in Lincoln ; Feb 28th - Plains Writers Series in Wayne

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  • Susan Donahue
    Date: Sunday, February 24, 2013, 9:49 AM HOT NEWS : week of Feb 25: Monday, Feb 25: Laura Madeline Wiseman & Fran Higgins at Crescent Moon Wednesday, Feb 27:
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      Date: Sunday, February 24, 2013, 9:49 AM

      HOT NEWS :


      week of Feb 25:

      Monday, Feb 25: Laura Madeline Wiseman & Fran Higgins at Crescent Moon


      Wednesday, Feb 27: Li-Young Lee and Julija Sukys BOTH in Lincoln: separate appearances, different times -- 

      Thursday, Feb 28th - Plains Writers Series, Wayne NE: Sam Renken & Shelly Clark

      week of March 4:


      Monday, Mar 4: Charlene Neely, Marilyn Dorf, Dee Ritter and Linda Stringham at Crescent Moon


      Tuesday, Mar 5: the Lincoln High Slam Poetry Team at the South Mill 


      Saturday, March 9: Individual WORLD Slam Champ CHRIS AUGUST at Matt Mason's OMAHA SLAM, in the Old Market's OM Center
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      ConStellation IV - A New Hope

      Lincoln's own national Science Fiction Convention

      is coming April 19-21!!


      ( http://www.constellationne.net/ for more info)

      the Sci-Fi Writers' CONTEST RULES: CLIK HERE

      (Contest deadline MARCH 1st, 2013!!)


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      other book announcements AND 

      PUBLISHING NEWS

      at the bottom of this page !!!

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      The Lincoln Underground Magazine 

      is accepting submissions NOW!:

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      Click HERE 

      for the latest info on Music and Poetry at

      CRESCENT Moon COFFEE

      8th & P sts, LINCOLN!!!!

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      Pictures, Pictures: Go to this address for many, many Readings pictures --

       https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051

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      check out more info at: 

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      Prairie Moon Reading & Music News: 
      http://moonreading.blogspot.com/ 

      Matt Mason's Poetry Menu: 
      The Nebraska Poetry Menu at www.poetrymenu.com 

      Brett Spencer's Nebraska Center for Writers
      http://mockingbird.creighton.edu/NCW/ 

      YouTube page at Creighton: 
      http://www.youtube.com/user/CreightonCCAS 

      Nebraska Center for the Book: 
      http://centerforthebook.nebraska.gov/index.asp 

      Reynolds Series , UN - Kearney :

      http://www.unk.edu/academics/english/UNK_Reynolds_Series/

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      THE DAILY SCHEDULE: 


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      Monday, February 25th, 7pm:

      at Crescent Moon Coffee, 8th & P sts, Lincoln:

      Poetry at the Moon presents 

      Laura Madeline Wiseman and Fran Higgins,

      with open mike to follow


      Laura Madeline Wiseman has a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she teaches English. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, the full-length book Sprung (San Francisco Bay Press, 2012), the letterpress books Unclose the Door (Gold Quoin Press, 2012), andFarm Hands (Gold Quoin Press, 2012), and the chapbooks She Who Loves Her Father(Dancing Girl Press, 2012), Branding Girls (Finishing Line Press, 2011), Ghost Girl (Pudding House Publications, 2010), and My Imaginary (Dancing Girl Press, 2010). She is also the editor of the anthology Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence forthcoming from Blue Light Press in 2013.

      Her poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and reviews have appeared in Margie, Poet Lore, Blackbird, Arts & Letters, Prairie Schooner, Feminist Studies, Thirteenth Moon, American Short Fiction, Cream City Review, and elsewhere.

      She has received an Academy of American Poets Award, a Mari Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Award, a Will P. Jupiter Award, a Susan Atefact Peckham Fellowship, a Louise Van Sickle Fellowship, several Pushcart Prize nominations, and grants from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Focus for the Arts, the Center for the Great Plains Studies, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation.


      Fran Higgins 

      is a poet and nonfiction writer from Omaha, Nebraska. A recent graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha Master of English program, she is currently working on her memoir.
      ... she says:

      I'm a writer, singer, songwriter, musician, mother, wife, daughter, sister, grandma, student, employee...damn, I'm busy. I play piano and guitar and love to harmonize. I released a solo album a few years ago -- "The Stuff of Dreams," and used to play regularly around Omaha, Nebraska, but have been focused on writing (memoir) as of late.


      for more info, contact the Owner: Melinda Martinson
      Email: crescentmoon@... 


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      UNL Poet in Residence Li-Young Lee

      Li-Young Lee will be our poet in residence for the spring. He will be here from February 18-March 1, and 
      his public reading will be on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Plains Art Museum. (Reception and book signing to follow.)



      This from Blue Flowers Arts: “Li-Young Lee is one of the most powerful poets at work in America today. The Taoist tradition taught him that the writing of a poem is the uncovering of language to its sacred condition and the world showed him religious persecution, causing his family to flee China during the Cultural Revolution. His poetry accentuates the joys and sorrows of family, home, loss, exile, and love.”

      He is the author of Behind My Eyes (Norton, 2008); Book of My Nights (2001), which won the 2002 William Carlos Williams Award; The City in Which I Love You (1991), which was the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection; and Rose (1986), which won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award.

      His other work includes Breaking the Alabaster Jar: Conversations with Li-Young Lee (Edited by Earl G. Ingersoll, BOA Editions, 2006), a collection of twelve interviews with Lee at various stages of his artistic development; and The Winged Seed: A Remembrance (Simon and Schuster, 1995), a memoir which received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.

      He has been the recipient of an Academy of American Poets fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, a Whiting Writer's Award, A Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, among many other awards. 
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      Author Julija Sukys


      TWO appearances for THIS AUTHOR:


      Wednesday, February 27th, at 2:30 pm, in the Bailey Library at Andrews Hall (2nd flr.) , UNL campus, Lincoln


      Wednesday, February 27 / 6:30 p.m.

      at the Bookworm bookstore, OMAHA:  The Bookworm is located in the Countryside Village shopping center at 87th & Pacific Streets.


      Canadian author Julija Sukys will sign and discuss Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Simaite (University of Nebraska Press, 2012, $24.95). 


      (overview) Ona Simaite is a librarian who walks the streets of her beloved Paris. An old lady with a limp and an accent, she is invisible to most. Certainly no one recognizes her as the warrior and revolutionary she was, when again and again she slipped into the Jewish ghetto of German-occupied Vilnius, Lituania, to carry food, clothes, medicine, money, and counterfeit documents to its prisoners. 


      Often she left with letters to deliver, manuscripts to hide, and even sedated children swathed in sacks. In 1944 she was captured by the Gestapo, tortured for twelve days, and deported to Dachau. 


      Julija Sukys follows the letters and journals of this woman, Ona Simaite. A treasurer of words, Simaite carefully collected, preserved, and archived the written record of her life, including thousands of letters, scores of diaries, articles, and press clippings. Journeying through these words, Sukys beckons back to life this quiet and worldly heroine--a giant of Holocaust history (one of Yad Vashem's honored "Righteous Among the Nations").
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      Wednesday, February 27th -- 8pm-12am, Acoustic Open Mic for musicians and poets at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Hosted by Spencer. For more information call 402-477-2007.

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      Plains Writers Series

      Thursday, February 28th, 2 pm

      Wayne State College, Wayne, NE


      Sam Renken
        and  Shelly Clark

      Wayne State College’s Language and Literature Department, the School of Art and Humanities and the WSC Press are pleased to hold this spring’s Plains Writers Series on Thursday, February 28, 2013. The Plains Writers Series is held several times a year in an attempt to bring attention to the prose and poetry of local Great Plains writers through reading and interacting with area audiences. 

      This spring’s Plains Writers Series will highlight two writers, Samuel Renken and Shelly Clark. The authors will share selected pieces of their recent works in the second floor lounge in the Humanities Building at Wayne State College at 2:00 pm. All events are free and open to the public. 

      AUTHOR BIOS:

      SAMUEL STENGER RENKEN lives in McDonough, GA. He and his wife, Maggie, are parents of a 5 year-old daughter, Zuri, and a three-year-old daughter, Ella. Sam received his M.A. in Literature from Clemson University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Wyoming. Sam’s poems were chosen for a Wyoming Arts Council grant in 2010 and have been published in Harpur Palate, Main Street Rag, The Pinch, Plainsongs, South Carolina Review and Xavier Review. His first collection of poetry, “Where to Start,” won the Holland Prize and was published by Logan House Press. Sam is a Financial Advisor for Mutual of Omaha, a cowboy, a poet, and therefore a man of at least three costumes.

      SHELLY CLARK is a poet, an educator and speaker. She is the author of “The Cockroach Monologues, Vol. 1,” (Zero Street Books, 2011), a chapbook of insect persona poems. Shelly was born and raised in rural southwestern Nebraska and spent most of her life there before moving to the eastern part of the state. She now resides in Omaha. Shelly is the co-editor of the anthology of interviews and works of Nebraska writers: “Road Trip: Conversations With Writers,” (Backwaters Press, 2003). The book was selected for two Nebraska Book Awards, Best Anthology and Best Design. Shelly’s poetry has been anthologized in “Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace,” and “Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry.” Her poems have appeared in “Nebraska Territory,” “Plainsong Review” and she has poems forthcoming in “Telling Our Stories Press”, “The Memories Project” (Ridges Sanctuary, Wisconsin) and in the anthology, “An Untidy Season.” Shelly taught at her alma mater high school for 15 years in rural Nebraska. During her tenure there she was the recipient of three state teaching awards: the Peter Kiewit Excellence in Teaching Award and a two-time winner of the Cooper Foundation Teacher of Excellence award. In 1999, she joined the faculty of Midland University in Fremont, NE, and taught in the journalism department for two years. In 2001, Shelly embarked on her second career, owning and operating a small business selling ice cream. Shelly earned a B.A. from University of Nebraska, Kearney and a Masters Degree at University of Nebraska, Lincoln. 
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      Monday, March 4th, 7pm, 

      at Crescent Moon Coffee, 8th & P sts, Lincoln:

      Poetry at the Moon presents:

      Charlene Neely, Marilyn Dorf, 

      Dee Ritter and Linda Stringham
      open mike follows

      for more info, contact the CM Owner: Melinda Martinson
      Email: crescentmoon@...


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      Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. the Lincoln High Slam Poetry Team is performing at "Tuesdays With Writers" at The South Mill 4736 Prescott Av. This kind of poetry will give you goose bumps and knock the socks right off your feet. Please join Miss McGinn as she showcases the talent of her young writers. This is no boring event!


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      Wednesday, March 6th  -- 8pm, Travis Davis invites you to "Poet Show It" at 1122 D St. (Lincoln). Local writers come and read. Local people come and drink. Coffee, Booze, Poetry, Fiction. Discovery. Discovery. Discovery. 


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      Wednesday, March 6th -- 8pm-12am, Acoustic Open Mic for musicians and poets at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Hosted by Spencer. For more information call 402-477-2007.


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      Saturday, March 9th -- 1-3 pm, workshop by Individual World Poetry Slam champion Chris August on performing poetry at the Kent Bellows Studio (3303 Leavenworth St., Omaha). Priority on workshop time will be given to students participating in Louder Than a Bomb: Omaha but all are invited.

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      Saturday, March 9th-- 7:30 pm, the OM Center Poetry Slam
       and open mic (1216 Howard, Omaha). 


      Tonight features 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam champ Chris August! It's the longest-running slam in Omaha, often featuring some of the best performance poets in the nation. 


      Open mic starts at 7:30 followed by the slam; sign up BEFORE 7:30 as signup is limited. Hosted by Matt Mason. $7 suggested donation. Call 402/345-5078 or go to OmahaSlam.com for more information.::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::


      Monday, March 11th, 7pm,

      at Crescent Moon Coffee, 8th & P sts, Lincoln:

      Poetry at the Moon presents :

      Fiction Writers 

      Allan Masters 

      and Patricia Scottopen mike follows


      for more info, contact the Owner: Melinda Martinson
      Email: crescentmoon@...


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      Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 6:00pm

      Elder Gallery, Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts

      the Spring 2013 Visiting Writers Series
      presents ...
       John Walker

      John Walker is a transplanted Okie who calls Nebraska home. Retired from his first vocation of teaching philosophy at Nebraska Wesleyan University, he continues his second vocation of writing folky/bluesy songs and performing throughout the Midwest. He is a member of the Nebraska Arts Council’s Touring Artists Program. He performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts as Nebraska's representative to the Center's Statehood Days Concerts in 2003 and again in 2008 as a part of the Center’s celebration of “Arts Across America.” He writes songs and poems and stories because he can’t help it. He lives in Lincoln with his partner, Dena, and their dogs, Suzi and Sally the Westies and Muddy Waters the black Lab.


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      Wednesday, March 13th -- 11:45 am-1 pm, "Wednesday Words," at The KANEKO's KANEKO-UNO Library (1111 Jones St., Omaha) featuring award-winning NE poets and fiction writers as well as the winners of the Individual Artist's Fellowship Awards from the The Nebraska Arts Council, as part of our "Braided River" series. Bring your lunch and enjoy the show. 
      Today features
       Ellen Struve, NAC individual Artist Fellowship Playwright. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

      Wednesday, March 13th  -- 8pm-12am, Acoustic Open Mic for musicians and poets at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Hosted by Spencer. For more information call 402-477-2007.


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      Wednesday, March 13th -- 7pm, 

      the Smash Teeth Poetry Thingy 

      at the panic (218 N St., Lincoln) 

      with Oracle Jones. 21 and over

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      Monday, March 18th-- 6:30 pm

      the opening bout of the Louder Than a Bomb: Omaha youth poetry festival at the OM Center (1216 Howard, Omaha). Students from 20 area high schools and junior highs compete in team poetry slams. To see what it's about, watch some of last year's Finals at tinyurl.com/ltabomaha.


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      Monday, March 18th, 7pm,

      at Crescent Moon Coffee, 8th & P sts, Lincoln:

      Poetry at the Moon presents open mike

      Saint Patrick's Day 

      Poetry Contest
      for more info, contact the Owner: Melinda Martinson
      Email: crescentmoon@...


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      Wednesday, March 20th  -- 8pm, Travis Davis invites you to "Poet Show It" at 1122 D St. (Lincoln). Local writers come and read. Local people come and drink. Coffee, Booze, Poetry, Fiction. Discovery. Discovery. Discovery. 


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      Wednesday, March 20th -- 8pm-12am, Acoustic Open Mic for musicians and poets at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Hosted by Spencer. For more information call 402-477-2007.

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      Wednesday, March 20th -- 4:30 and 6:30 pm, 

      Bouts 2 and 3 of the Louder Than a Bomb: Omaha youth poetry festival at Metropolitan Community College South Omaha campus (Conference Center of the ITC (Industrial Training Center), S 27th and Q Sts). Students from 20 area high schools and junior highs compete in team poetry slams. Free parking. For a campus map, go to:www.mccneb.edu. To see what it's about, watch some of last year's Finals at tinyurl.com/ltabomaha.


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      Wednesday, March 20th -- 7pm, 

      NECC Visiting Writers Series 

      presents South Dakota poet Norma Wilson at Hawks Landing.( 801 East Benjamin Ave, Norfolk). For more information contact Neil Harrison at neil@... .
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      Saturday, March 23rd - 10am:



      On March 23 the LHS Slam Poetry Team will take the 10:00 a.m. time slot if possible at the Barnes and Noble event at the 50th & "O" Street store. We perform/compete the very next day in Omaha so this will be a great practice for us. There will be ten performers and I will be there with them. Thank you!   Deborah McGinn THE TEAM: Lillian Bornstein, Charlie Curtis-Beard, Reagan Myers, Rawson Ngoh, Elaine Samsel, Itahi Sanchez,  Paul Schack, Natalie Wiebelhaus, Bobbi Dyas, and Alberto Malcom

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      Sunday, March 24th -- 1, 3, and 5:30 pm, Bouts 4, 5, and 6 of the Louder Than a Bomb: Omaha youth poetry festival at Metropolitan Community College South Omaha campus (Conference Center of the ITC (Industrial Training Center), S 27th and Q Sts). Students from 20 area high schools and junior highs compete in team poetry slams. Free parking. For a campus map, go to:www.mccneb.edu. To see what it's about, watch some of last year's Finals at tinyurl.com/ltabomaha.


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      Monday, March 25th, 7pm,

      at Crescent Moon Coffee, 8th & P sts, Lincoln:

      Poetry at the Moon presents:


      Nebraska Girls 

      Shakespeare Company open mike follows


      for more info, contact the Owner: Melinda Martinson
      Email: crescentmoon@...


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      Tuesday, March 26th -- 4:30 and 6:30 pm, Bouts 7 and 8 of the Louder Than a Bomb: Omaha youth poetry festival at Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha campus (Building 22 (the ICA), near 32nd St and Sorensen Pkwy). Students from 20 area high schools and junior highs compete in team poetry slams. Free parking. For a campus map, go to: www.mccneb.edu. To see what it's about, watch some of last year's Finals at tinyurl.com/ltabomaha.:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

      Wednesday, March 27th -- 4:30 and 6:30 pm, Bouts 9 and 10 of the Louder Than a Bomb: Omaha youth poetry festival at Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha campus (Building 22 (the ICA), near 32nd St and Sorensen Pkwy). Students from 20 area high schools and junior highs compete in team poetry slams. Free parking. For a campus map, go to: www.mccneb.edu. To see what it's about, watch some of last year's Finals at tinyurl.com/ltabomaha.
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      Wednesday, March 27th -- 8pm-12am, Acoustic Open Mic for musicians and poets at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Hosted by Spencer. For more information call 402-477-2007.

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      Friday, March 29th -- 4 pm, the no name reading series, at Zen's Lounge (122 N. 11th Street, Lincoln). 


      the no name reading series is free and open to the public and is run by the graduate students in the english department of the university of nebraska-lincoln. it aims to support the creative talent that comes out of the department by promoting that talent throughout the greater lincoln community. tonight's reading features Hali Sofala and Bernice Olivas. for more information on the no name reading series, email Marianne at: mkunkel@..., or Nima at: nimakian@....


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      Monday, April 1st, 7pm,

      at Crescent Moon Coffee, 8th & P sts, Lincoln:

      Poetry at the Moon presents :

      UNL Gradute Students 

      Sarah Chavez, Hali Sofala, 

      Wendy Oleson and 

      Claire Harlan-Orsiopen mike follows


      for more info, contact the Owner: Melinda Martinson
      Email: crescentmoon@...

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      Wednesday, April 3rd  -- 8pm, Travis Davis invites you to "Poet Show It" at 1122 D St. (Lincoln). Local writers come and read. Local people come and drink. Coffee, Booze, Poetry, Fiction. Discovery. Discovery. Discovery. 


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      the 2013 Nebraska Book Festival

      Friday and Saturday, April 5th & 6th

      Omaha Nebraska



      The 2013 Nebraska Book Festival will be held April 5-6, 2013, in the Thompson Alumni Center of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

      The festival is free and open to everyone who wishes to meet, hear, and talk with a few of Nebraska's many talented authors who have published new works. All participating authors will answer questions from the audience and be available for book signings.


      check here for updates:  http://bookfestival.nebraska.gov/2013/index.aspx

      A full schedule will be available soon.

      Friday night has the keynote by Kurt Andersen!

      Kurt is the author of the novels True Believers, Heyday and Turn of the Century.Heyday was a New York Times bestseller that the Los Angeles Times called “a major work.” The New York Times Book Reviewsaid there is “something moving, a stirring spirit, in the energy of its amazement.” And the Houston Chronicle (and nine other papers) said it “deserves instant acceptance into the ranks [of] Thomas Berger’s Little Big Man, E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime, [and] Gore Vidal’s Lincoln.” It was included on several best-books-of-the-year lists, including the New York Public Library’s, and won the Langum Prize as the best American historical novel of 2007. The 

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