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Library Book Club

Friday, June 14th – Friday, June 14th, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street

All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In 2013, the library will ask individuals from varied backgrounds to select a title that has been meaningful to them. Space is limited to 15 participants. Please register in advance by emailing library@poetryfoundation.org.

June’s curator, Sam Parton, selected Margaret Atwood’s The Journals of Susanna Moodie for the following reasons:

“This book has personal meaning for me - as a child of immigrants to Canada, and as a descendant of Susanna Moodie. In these poems, Atwood responds to Moodie's writings about life as a settler in 19th century Canada ("Roughing It in the Bush" and "Life in the Clearings") with poems that articulate her sense of Moodie's "other" voice: the unspoken words that hum between the lines of written text, which Moodie could not articulate as a member of polite colonial society. The book is a powerful meditation on dislocation, identity, wilderness, and survival.”

Sam Parton is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and co-founder of acclaimed Canadian band The Be Good Tanyas. In addition to performing internationally with her band, she has worked as a treeplanter in British Columbia, a researcher of folklore in Brooklyn, and a street musician in New Orleans. She is related to Susanna Moodie on her father's side.

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  • Detail, photograph by Jun Fujita, circa 1930s, courtesy of the Graham and Pamela Lee private collection.
    Current Exhibition
    Jan 12, 2017 – May 26, 2017

    This exhibition presents photographs and ephemera from the poet Jun Fujita (1888-1963). Fujita is an English-language tanka poet who published regularly in Poetry during the 1920s. The first Japanese-American photojournalist, he is responsible for the most famous photos of the Eastland disaster, the Chicago race riots of 1919, and the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, among others. This show will explore his lesser-known landscapes.