- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that helped launch a Native American literary movement has been picked for a community book read sponsored by the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.

The school announced Thursday that N. Scott Momaday’s “House Made of Dawn” is this year’s Read This! selection for the program designed to promote literature to the Fort Smith region.

Several events centered around the 1968 book will celebrate Native American culture. Events include the showing of the film, “The Cherokee Word for Water,” about the first female chief of the Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation.

The celebration will conclude with a March 15 visit by Momaday.

Previous books selected for the program include “The Joy Luck Club” by Amy Tan, “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien and “The Sunflower” by Simon Wiesenthal.

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