NEWCOMBNewcomb Central School will host an authors night and dinner on Oct. 4 featuring noted local author Joseph Bruchac. Bruchac will talk about his book, Code Talker,starting at 6 p.m., followed by a discussion session and book signing.
The Class of 2011 will be serving a spaghetti dinner with salad and bread for $5 per person or $15 per family from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Code Talker is a story about a Navajo Indian named Ned Begay. He is transplanted from his familys home at the age of six, and sent to a boarding school to learn English and the American way of life. There he is given a new name and clothes and forbidden to speak his native Navajo language.
When he is sixteen, he is recruited to join the Marines, and shortly afterwards he enlists and is sent to boot camp. He discovers that his Navajo language, which he has been using only in secret for years, is the secret weapon that the U.S. is using in their war against the Japanese.
As a Navajo code talker, Ned is able to use his native language to save countless American lives, and his experiences in the Pacificfrom Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima to Okinawachange him forever.
The author grew up in a small town in the foothills of the Adirondacks not far from Saratoga Springs. He was raised by his grandparents, who kept a little general store where Bruchac worked in his free time.
He grew up hearing traditional stories and songs told by his grandparents and their friends, and from an early age he knew that he wanted to be a writer. He published his first book of stories in 1975.
Bruchac has a Ph.D. from Union Graduate School, and his books have won many awards, including the Parents Choice Award, the American Book Award, and the Skipping Stones Honor Award for Multicultural Childrens Literature.
Today Bruchac lives in New York in the same house in which he grew up. Besides writing books, Bruchac loves to write and perform songs in a musical group that he formed with his sister and two grown sons.