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Around the Town: Book Fest turns focus on indigenous writers

The Northern Arizona Book Festival heads into its second and final weekend with events today, Friday and Saturday.

Today, from 6-7 p.m. students from Coconino Community College and resident artists in the county will share work from CCC's two publications: OnCourse and Curios. OnCourse, created in 1999, showcases work by CCC students. Curios, created in 2006, allows local authors and artists to share their voices. Both publications are created by students enrolled in CCC’s COM 181 class. The readings will be in the Lone Tree Commons at Coconino Community College.

Friday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m., the festival will host a book reading featuring the work of writers in the Masters of Fine Arts programs of Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, and University of Arizona. Editors of the colleges' literary journals (Thin Air Magazine, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Sonora Review) will be at Bright Side Bookshop on Flagstaff’s beloved San Francisco Street. Editors will preview work from recent issues of  (of Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, and University of Arizona respectively), and read from their own works-in-progress. Individual and bundled issues will be available for sale following the reading.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, the festival will present its Indigenous Symposium.

Symposium schedule:

Poetry workshop, 10–11 a.m., at Firecreek Coffee Co. Legendary Acoma Pueblo poet and storyteller Simon Ortiz will conduct a poetry workshop with Red Ink Poetry Editor, MacDowell Colony Fellow, and Dine’ poet Bojan Louis.

Poetry workshop, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., at Firecreek Coffee Co. Inupiaq poet, Joan Naviyuk Kane, winner of the prestigious Whiting Award and Donald Hall Prize, will conduct a poetry workshop.

Fiction writing workshop, 1–2 p.m., at Firecreek Coffee Co. Award-winning author and prestigious Harvard Fellow, Kristiana Kahakauwila, will conduct a fiction writing workshop. Kahakauwila is native Hawaiian and the author of the short story collection "This Is Paradise", which was named a 2013 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection.

Panel discussion, 2:30–3:30 p.m., at Firecreek Coffee Co. Red Ink staff members and poets Henry Quintero, Bojan Louis and Kyle Grant Wilson will be joined in this discussion by poet, musician, and tribal council member Tanner Menard, and acclaimed Dine’ poet Orlando White. Flagstaff writer and radio DJ, Erik Bitsui will moderate.

Panel discussion, 4–5 p.m., at Firecreek Coffee Co. Acclaimed authors Joan Naviyuk Kane and Kristiana Kahakauwila will be joined on this panel by Rona Jaffe Award Winner and current University of Arizona MFA student Danielle Geller; poet, award-winning researcher, and UCLA PHD student Allison Ramirez; and comedian, actress, and writer Shishonia Livingston. Flagstaff writer, Vernon Begay will moderate this discussion.

Author reading, 5:30–6:30 p.m.:, at Bright Side Bookshop. Blackfeet writer Bill Wetzel will host a fast-paced reading highlighting the younger and emerging writers participating in the symposium (Henry Quintero, Allison Ramirez, Shishonia Livingston, Kyle Grant Wilson, Danielle Geller, Erik Bitsui, Vernon Begay and Tanner Menard).

7–8 p.m.:, author reading, at Bright Side Bookshop. Wetzel will host this reading highlighting the established and highly acclaimed writers participating in the symposium. Featured author is Dine’ poet Sherwin Bitsui, winner of the Whiting Award, American Book Award, Pen Open Book award among others. Other participating authors are: Joan Naviyuk Kane, Kristiana Kahakauwila, Bojan Louis, Orlando White, and Simon J. Ortiz.

Take 15 on the 15th the help keep Flagstaff beautiful

Got 15 minutes to keep Flagstaff beautiful? It’s time for the 10th annual Flagstaff 15 Minute Makeover. Join community members at 10:15 a.m. on 10/15 in picking up litter near your home, workplace, or place of worship. The Flagstaff Community Stewards program will supply trash bags, recycle bags, and disposable gloves if needed. Sign up to participate on the Facebook event page or by sending an e-mail to Maggie Twomey at

Stop by City Hall on Friday, Oct. 13, between 10 and noon to pick up supplies, have a doughnut and coffee with Albert the Sustainability Squirrel, and learn about waste reduction, recycling, hazardous waste disposal, and other ways to help keep Flagstaff beautiful!

After the event, post a photo of your group with your trash bags on the Flagstaff Sustainability Program Facebook page with #Flag15 to be entered into a drawing for gift cards to local businesses.

Daily Almanac

Thursday, Oct. 12

The Women on the Mother Road in Arizona: 6-8 p.m. Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N. Fort Valley Road. Documentary filmmaker Katrina Parks is capturing the oral histories of the women who worked and lived along Route 66. The presentation will include the screening of clips of interviews and slides from Katrina Parks' film. Four panelists will provide commentary and answer questions about Route 66's impact on the lives of women. Free. 774-5213.

NAU Lyric Theater: The Pirates of Penzance: 7:30-9 p.m. NAU Ardrey Memorial Auditorium, 1115 S. Knoles Dr (Performing and Fine Arts Bldg., NAU). Gilbert and Sullivan's most delightful romp. Famous tunes include "I am the very model of a modern Major-General", "Poor wand'ring one" and "With Cat-like Tread" (which has become known to Americans as "Hail, hail the gang's all here!"). This production is set in the 1960's on a seaside resort of Major General Stanley's. Tickets at or 928-523-5661. For parking information visit:

NAU Anthropology Faculty Authors Event: Noon-2. Northern Arizona University Bookstore, 1015 S. San Francisco. Jim Wilce, NAU Professor of Anthropology, is a linguistic and medical anthropologist. Wilce's newest textbook, Culture and Communication, introduces readers to the way anthropologists study language as a social and cultural tool. Solidly positioned in linguistic anthropology, it is the first textbook to combine clear explanations of language and linguistic structure with current anthropological theory. Chris Downum is a Professor of Anthropology and former director of the Anthropology Laboratories at Northern Arizona University. Hisat'sinom: Ancient Peoples in a Land without Water, edited by Christian E. Downum, features both archaeological and indigenous perspectives on ancient life around the San Francisco Peaks. 523-6687.

Literature & Textual Analysis Research Colloquium: 5:30-7 p.m. NAU Liberal Arts Building, 705 S. Beaver St. Join us to share our research endeavors and create some intellectual and scholarly camaraderie. Readings and materials will be made available to interested audience members in advance of each event (contact Rebecca Gordon at For parking information visit:

German Campus Weeks: 5-7 p.m. Northern Arizona University. Poster exhibit, author reading, film screening and more. All events are free, subtitled or translated into English, and open to the public. 523-9638.

La Tertulia (Spanish table): 5-7:30 p.m. North Student Union, upstairs of Einstein Bagels, 307 W. Dupont Ave. Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to practice their Spanish skills. 523-7633.

Pedestrian Advisory Committee: 4:30-6 p.m. Flagstaff City Hall Chambers, 211 W. Aspen Ave. Pedestrian issues currently under consideration include: sidewalk inventory and prioritization; evaluation of pedestrian environment on major streets and intersections; safe routes to school; Flagstaff Walks!; community walking maps; FUTS trail planning and prioritization; sidewalk maintenance and snow removal; crosswalk safety. 310-402-7949.

Lego Club: 3:30-4:30 p.m. East Flagstaff Community Library, 3000 N. Fourth St. You bring the imagination, we'll supply the Legos. Grades K-5 welcome. 213-2348.

Cancer Support Group: 2:30-4 p.m. · If you are newly diagnosed, with any type of cancer, a caregiver, or a survivor, this group is for you. We share information on treatments, medications, fears, and triumphs. Held in Cancer Resource Room, Cancer Center of Northern Az,1200 N. Beaver St. 600-4928.

Preschool Play Time: 9-11 a.m. Living Christ Lutheran Church, 6401 N. Highway 89. Bring children ages 0-5 to have fun with our toys, books and games for free. Children must have an adult stay with them to attend. 526-8595.

Coconino Master Gardener Association Meeting: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Viola'a Flower Garden, 7085 S. State Route 89 A (old Jackson Grill location). The speaker will be Cindy Krznarich speaking on "Preserving your Harvest." 774-1868.

Sierra Club - Plateau Conservation Meeting: 6-7:30 p.m. Montoya Community Center, 245 N. Thorpe Road. Discussion topics include: regional uranium mining update, Flagstaff carbon action plan, Highway 180 snowplay issues, 2018 planning.

Party Bridge: 1-4 p.m. Montoya Community Center, 245 N. Thorpe Road. 440-3784.

Dancing Divas Tap Class: 2-2:45 p.m. Montoya Community Center at Thorpe Park. A five-week course for adults. The American Jazz technique will be introduced to beginners and improve existing tapping skills. All types of music. This is a low-pace aerobic workout. Tap shoes are recommended. $40.

Celebrate Recovery: 6-8:30 p.m. Greenlaw Baptist Church, 3400 E. Lockett Road. A Christian 12-step recovery program that welcomes anyone who is struggling with hurts, habits, and hangups including alcohol, substance abuse, pornography, anger, depression, co-dependency and many others. 527-0551.

Baby Laptime: 9-9:30 a.m. East Flagstaff Community Library, 3000 N. Fourth St. Enjoy songs, stories, fingerplays, knee bounces, rhymes, and more with your infant. Ages 0-2 welcome. 213-2348.

Small Group Guitar: 3-5 p.m. Montoya Community Center, 245 N. Thorpe. Songs chosen from student requests, Holiday focus will be on positive songs of hope, care, and wisdom. Ages 13+. $30/5 classes + $5 materials. Limited to 9 students. Call 928-221-0418 to register. 

Flagstaff Dancin' Grannies: 1-3 p.m. YMCA, 1001 N. Turquoise Dr. A 50+ tap dance group, beginner-advanced. $10 per month. Tap shoes available. 699-4145.

Drop In to Mindfulness Meditation: 6:30-8:15 p.m. Flagstaff Federated Community Church, room 24, upstairs, 400 W. Aspen Ave. Instruction followed by sitting and walking meditation. Come and go anytime. Free and open to all levels of experience and any (or no) religion. 814-9851.

NAMI Connection Support Group: 5:30-7 p.m. Hope Community Church, 3700 N. Fanning Dr. For people living with mental illness. Supported by compassionate, trained leaders, you will find support from the experiences of people in the same boat. You will learn shared coping strategies. You will find encouragement and understanding. 214-2218. Free.

NAMI Family Support Group: 5:30-7 p.m. Hope Community Church, 3700 N. Fanning Dr. For family members, friends and caregivers of people living with a mental illness. We can help. 214-2218.

Friday, Oct 13

TJ Miller: 7 p.m. Prochnow Auditorium, NAU campus, 326 W. Dupont Ave. Actor and comedian TJ Miller began his career in improvisation and stand-up comedy in Chicago, Illinois and toured with The Second City. In 2008, he was named one of Variety's 10 Comics To Watch. Miller released an hour comedy special, No Real Reason, in 2011, and a comedy album, Mash Up Audiofile in 2012. On June 17, 2017, HBO premiered Miller's hourlong comedy special T.J. Miller: Meticulously Ridiculous. $15-$25.

Northern Arizona Book Festival: Numerous authors and poets will participate in special events, talks and symposiums. Events will take place at various venues throughout downtown and at Northern Arizona University. Free. 699-7514.

5 Year Anniversary Celebration for Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project: 6-7 p.m. Mother Road Brewing Co., 7 S. Mikes Pike. Mother Road has brewed a special "Watershed Beer," because you can't have good beer without good water from a healthy watershed. It's been 5 years since November 2012, when Flagstaff voters approved a $10million bond to support the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project — a partnership effort between the State, City and Coconino National Forest to help reduce the risk of devastating wildfire and post-fire flooding in the Rio de Flag and Lake Mary watersheds. 699-9054.

Nightmare on Fourth Street: 6-11:30 p.m. 2098 N. Fourth St. Haunted house. All ages friendly pre-7 p.m. Proceeds benefit Hope Cottage. $6-$10.

NAU Lyric Theater: "The Pirates of Penzance": 7:30-9 p.m. NAU Ardrey Memorial Auditorium, 1115 S. Knoles Dr (Performing and Fine Arts Bldg., NAU). Gilbert and Sullivan's most delightful romp. Famous tunes include "I am the very model of a modern Major-General", "Poor wand'ring one" and "With Cat-like Tread" (which has become known to Americans as "Hail, hail the gang's all here!"). This production is set in the 1960's on a seaside resort of Major General Stanley's. Tickets at or 928-523-5661. For parking information visit:

Theatrikos presents the critically acclaimed "Over the River and through the Woods": 7:30-9:30 p.m. The Doris Harper-White Community Playhouse, 11 W. Cherry Ave. A young man's sense of duty to his family clashes with his desire to strike out on his own and start a new life in the heartwarming comedy. Tickets and information at or 774-1662. $15-$21.

NAU Theatre presents Past and Present: "Intimate Apparel": 7:30-10 p.m. NAU The Clifford E. White Theater, 1115 S. Knoles Dr. Play tells the story of Esther, an unmarried African-American, independent seamstress who fashions fine lingerie in her boarding house bedroom. Financially secure, yet longing for a husband, Esther finds love with a Hasidic shopkeeper. Sadly, the impossibility of the match drives her to make an unacceptable bond with George, a Caribbean immigrant whose only desire is to steal her wealth and sow his oats. $8-$14.

Culture Night: 7-9 p.m. NAU International Pavilion (building 50A), 1450 S. Knoles Dr. Celebrating the cultures of China and Mexico! Experience Chinese and Mexican cultures through NAU international students, as well as cuisines from each of the countries. Free. 523-3761.

ARTober Fest: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 200 W. Railroad Ave., Williams. Arts, crafts and live entertainment. 480-488-2014 or

Interference Series 21.1: 13 Improvisors on Friday the 13th: 7-8 p.m. The Hive, 2 S. Beaver. To celebrate another strange occurrence of Friday the 13th, the Interference Series presents a wild gathering of 13 local musicians who all practice free improvisation to form a super group exploring an unprecedented sonic frontier. 380-0268. $7 community or $5 for students.