Library Book Club reading native Alaskan tale for October meeting

Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival is a classic Athabascan Indian tale of survival, filled with suspense and wisdom, re-told by native-Alaskan writer Velma Wallis. Although based on a traditional legend from the Yukon River region of northeast Alaska, Wallis’s handling of the original story has many resonances with modern themes, such as the empowerment of women and the elderly. Ursula Le Guin writes that the book “speaks straight to the heart with clarity, sweetness, and wisdom.” The book is only 140 pages and can easily be read in a single sitting.

The Library Book Club will discuss Two Old Women on Tuesday, October 19th at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room. Dot Dalton, Virginia Coordinator for the Native American Resource Network and honorary member of the Nansemond tribe, will lead our discussion.

For information about this or other Library Book Club events, please contact Harold Henkel at

Coming Book Club selections:

November:  No Longer at Ease, by Chinua Achebe (guest moderator: Dr. Bramwell Osula)

December:   Life and Holiness, by Thomas Merton (guest moderator: Dr. Corné Bekker)