Sojourn Book Discussion: Calling for a Blanket Dance
- Main Library 2nd Floor
About the book
Oscar Hokeah’s electric debut takes us into the life of Ever Geimausaddle, whose family—part Mexican, part Native American—is determined to hold onto their community despite obstacles everywhere they turn. Ever’s father is injured at the hands of corrupt police on the border when he goes to visit family in Mexico, while his mother struggles both to keep her job and care for her husband. And young Ever is lost and angry at all that he doesn’t understand, at this world that seems to undermine his sense of safety. Ever’s relatives all have ideas about who he is and who he should be. His Cherokee grandmother, knowing the importance of proximity, urges the family to move across Oklahoma to be near her, while his grandfather, watching their traditions slip away, tries to reunite Ever with his heritage through traditional gourd dances. Through it all, every relative wants the same: to remind Ever of the rich and supportive communities that surround him, there to hold him tight, and for Ever to learn to take the strength given to him to save not only himself but also the next generation.
How will this young man visualize a place for himself when the world hasn’t made room for him to start with? Honest, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting, Calling for a Blanket Dance is the story of how Ever Geimausaddle finds his way home.
About the Literary Sojourn Author Study
The Literary Sojourn Author Study is a book discussion series designed to enhance the experience of reading our festival authors. Choose to join in for one or all the conversations as participants read and gather to talk about works from each of the featured writers. Bud Werner Library provides book copies on loan for each group discussion. All of the discussion titles are also available in audio and e-book formats. Open to anyone interested in participating, discussions are designed to be inclusive, supportive and meet the needs and interests of the group. We will gather in the upstairs magazine reading area of the Bud Werner Library, with comfortable seating overlooking the Yampa River. Sign up at the registration button at the top of this page and you will receive additional information about how to secure a library loan of the book in the reading or listening format of your choice.
Learn more about the library's Literary Sojourn festival of authors on Sept. 9, 2023 in Steamboat Springs.