Native American Mysteries will be the theme of series

The Augusta Public Library will offer a three-part book discussion series through November on the theme “Native American Mysteries.”  Members of the community are invited to attend the free programs, which will take place at the library, 1609 State St.

The series is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization, as part of its Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program.   The Council’s Resource Center is furnishing the books and discussion leaders for the Augusta TALK series.

The first meeting is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29.  Martha Ortiz Sanchez of Wichita State University will lead a discussion of Tony Hillerman’s Dance Hall of the Dead, where Lt. Joe Leaphorn, a Navajo tribal police officer, investigates the murder of a young Zuni boy.
Martha Ortiz Sanchez is community educator for the City of Wichita and adjunct for both Friends University and Wichita State University, where she has taught Mexican American History and Spanish.  She earned her master’s degree from WSU, where she studied health care services for Hispanic women. 

In addition to her scholarly training, Sanchez attended the Perkins School of Theology and was ordained as a minister by the United Methodist Church in May 1997.  She is a member of the women’s national organization MANA, Mexican American National Alliance.  She has served as a discussion leader for the KHC TALK program since 1996.

The authors in this series reflect the changing social ethnic, and political face of America by setting their mysteries in a particular locale and accurately representing its habits, speech, manners, folklore and religion.

The book discussions continue with The Ghost Walker by Margaret Coel on Oct. 3, and Dreadful Water Shows Up by Hartley Goodweather on Nov. 7.

To check out books and for more information about the reading discussions, contact the library at 775-2681.