‘Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI’ named county’s 2019 selection for One Book, One Community program

Author David Grann to speak and sign books at two events in January 2019

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David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI has been named the Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources Department’s selection for the One Book, One Community program for 2019, the county has announced.

“The book details the true story of how the newly created Federal Bureau of Investigation uncovered a chilling conspiracy to murder members of the Osage Nation, in Oklahoma,” a news release says.

“Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources Director Sarabeth Kalajian said the book was an inspiring choice for the One Book program, because of its stark and honest look at the country’s history,” the release added.

“The purpose of the One Book, One Community program is not only to encourage discovery of new literary voices,” she noted in the release, “but to shine a light on historical topics from which we can learn.” Kalajian added, “This true story, as written by David Grann, is probably one that most of us have never heard before, but that’s exactly why it’s such an important story to share.”

The One Book, One Community program has recognized local authors as well as world-renowned writers, the release points out. “Each fall, a committee selects the One Book title and then hosts a public event with the author and readers,” the release explains. “This celebration includes follow-up programs at county libraries and other venues. Anyone can participate in One Book, One Community by attending a library event or hosting their own book discussion,” the release explains.

On Jan. 3, 2019, the county will kick off its series of activities with a visit from Sarah O’Donnell, a representative of the Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office in Pawhuska, Okla., the release says. O’Donnell will present The Osage Nation: A Brief History at 10:30 a.m. that day — a Thursday — in Selby Library’s Geldbart Auditorium in downtown Sarasota.

Author David Grann will speak and sign books at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday Jan. 24, 2019 at the Venice Theatre, and again at 7 p.m. at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium in Sarasota, the release notes. “Visit the library’s online calendar to register for these free events after Dec. 15,” the release says.

For more information, call the county Contact Center at 861-5000 or visit www.scgov.net.

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