Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Waucoma Bookstore and the White Salmon Library are hosting author Katherine Schlick Noe for a book reading and signing at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the White Salmon Library.
Noe will be discussing her children's novel "Something to Hold", which was inspired by her childhood experiences living on the Warm Springs Reservation.
It's 1962 and Kitty has just turned eleven when Dad's government job moves the family all the way across the country to the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Oregon. She knows how to be "the new kid," but it's a whole new kind of starting over this time.
At first the Indian kids are standoffish, even hostile. Despite her discomfort, Kitty notices how some white people, including the teachers, treat them with casual contempt. As she gets to know her classmates and to glimpse their rich heritage, Kitty comes to respect their strength and generosity that some around her ignore.
Friendships and allegiances, mischief, baseball, mourning, humiliation, the courage to speak out against injustice -- all are woven into Kitty's growing season at Warm Springs.
Schlick Noe teaches in the Master in Teaching Program and directs the Literacy for Special Needs graduate program at Seattle University. She is co-author of four books on literature circles for teachers and is web master of the Literature Circles Resource Center.
"Something to Hold" is her first novel. She lives in Seattle and is the daughter of local Columbia Gorge writer Mary Schlick.