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Book Release Party with John Poole, Author of Rinya

Saturday | March 22, 2014 | 4:00 pm

Refreshments, reading, meet the author, book signing.

Rinya is the story of a young boy between childhood and the beginnings of adulthood at a time that would unravel his culture which had persisted virtually unchanged for thousands of years.

Rinya goes with the men of his tribe for a fish harvest, watches his father prepare to hunt deer, is invited to join the men for a sweat lodge when he has heard the call from his protective animal spirit.

The life of the village enfolds him in its routines, fresh every day, until traders arrive with news of the arrival of the Fathers of the Children of the Mule who bring new and exciting trade goods, word of new gods…and disease.

Rinya, a work of historical fiction for young people: a tale of the swift unravelling of an aboriginal culture in the face of a conquering and colonial people looking to supplant enduring languages and cultures in the name of their way of life.

John Poole is a science teacher at Malcolm X School in Berkeley.

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