Pamplin Media Group – Lake Oswego Public Library selects 2023 LO Reads book

‘The Seed Keeper’ by Diane Wilson is chosen for the program, which kicks off at book-giveaway event in February and continues with programming in April

Lake Oswego Reads, the unique library program that brings the community together for the sake of reading a single book each year, has unveiled its selection for the 2023 festivities.

Based on the recommendation from the Lake Oswego Reads Steering Committee — which is composed of community leaders, librarians, teachers and others — the Lake Oswego Public Library has chosen “The Seed Keeper” by Diane Wilson.

The novel spans multiple generations and is told through the perspective of four women as the main character, Rosalie Iron Wing, learns about her family’s history.

“‘The Seed Keeper’ is a novel of strength, perseverance, and resilience. Diane Wilson tells the story of Rosalie, a Dakhóta youth who grows into adulthood straddling two cultures,” Lake Oswego Public Library Director Melissa Kelly wrote in a press release. “Navigating a personal and family history of loss and hardship, Rosalie finds solace and strength in protecting the life-giving seeds that the women of her family have cherished and passed down through generations. In doing so, our main character regains her connection with her past and her ancestors, and generates renewed hope for the future.”

Lake Oswego resident Agnes Hoffman added: “I was lost in this soulful and touching story. It’s an uncomfortable read but one that must be read. This tale of our nation’s westward progress spelled disaster for the Native Peoples and the lands that got in the way . Rich in nature, lore and wonder, the story weaves the cultural past with present realities of foster care and prejudices. The author casts these against broader effects of corporate farming. There is so much to savor and ponder. Loved it!”

The kickoff event for Lake Oswego Reads will take place Saturday, Feb. 25, when 800 books will be distributed to the community via a drive-thru at the library parking lot starting at 11 am

Then, in April, the program will offer lectures, demonstrations, craft classes, music, art and more — all of which will be inspired by the novel. The festivities will culminate with a visit from Wilson, who will discuss the novel with the community at 7 pm Tuesday, April 25 at Lakeridge High School.

“This book opened my heart to the power of seeds, to the Native way of reclaiming a relationship with the earth, and to the women with ‘souls of iron’ (ancestors) who provided stories, food, and life to keep a culture alive . I look forward to a month of programs that deepen our love of LO, its beauty and its history,” steering committee member Cherie Dupuis said in the press release.

To see the other books the library considered, visit ci.oswego.or.us/loreads/books-considered-2023.


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