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Piper Online Book Club reads poetry for September

September 03, 2008

Natasha Trethewey’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poems, “Native Guard,” is the September selection for Arizona State University’s Piper Online Book Club.

In “Native Guard,” published in 2006, Trethewey writes about the history of the American South, her own multi-racial heritage, and the loss of her mother. Trethewey was born in Gulfport, Miss., in 1966. She earned an M.A. in poetry from Hollins University and M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Massachusetts

Trethewey will be on the faculty of the 2009 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, scheduled for Feb. 18-21 at ASU’s Tempe campus.

For more information about the Piper Online Book Club or Desert Nights, Rising Stars, go to or call (480) 965-6018.

The book for October is “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy.

In this novel, which is bleak and hopeful at different times, a father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. McCarthy won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for “The Road.”