One of my favorite authors of recent months is speaking at several venues in Oklahoma over the next few days, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.
She has written three books to date (the first two which I have read and HIGHLY recommend, the third one I look forward to reading ASAP)….
1. Red Dirt: Growing up Okie – a book telling of her upbringing in Depression-era rural Oklahoma (including her grandfather’s background as a Wobbly and Socialist Party member during the all too short but glorious pre-WWI heyday of the left in Oklahoma), the experience of the red scare era in Oklahoma, her moving to Oklahoma City, and her move to California in the 1960’s.
2. Outlaw Woman: A memoir of the war years (1960-1975) – an account of her experiences in the women’s liberation and radical revolutionary anti-war movements of that time, a compelling account of the victories but also mistakes of the movement as well as a detailed account of the degree of FBI infiltration and surveilance of the movement, later in the book she discusses going underground and leaving the activist scene for a time before returning to academia
3. Blood on the Border: a memoir of the contra war – I haven’t read this one yet
Roxanne is speaking tonight at Book Beat & Co. (in southside OKC, sellers of the “rare, obscure and even the forbidden”), Wednesday at the Piedmont Public library, and Thursday night at OCU, in the Kerr-McGee Auditorium at 7 p.m.
More info on the events can be found at: http://www.reddirtsite.com/readings.htm