Pulitzer Book Club Inclusion Guide

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"The Collected Stories of Katherine Ann Porter" by Katherine Anne Porter

INCLUSION MILESTONES

1966

• Special Olympics launch
• Edward Brooke first popularly-elected Black senator
• Dr. Harry Benjamin prescribes gender transition hormones
• NOW founded

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AUTHOR INSPIRATIONS

Callie Russell Porter was born in Texas and raised primarily by her grandmother, Catharine Ann Porter. Callie was a teacher of elocution, singing and dance; she never had formal higher education. Mexico was Katherine Anne Porter’s “much loved second country.” She was a journalist and traveler in Mexico during the 1920s. “Flowering Judas” is the title of Porter’s first short story collection, published in 1930.

Featured Reader Wanted!

Featured Reader

– Share your key take-away about inclusion in this book in a sentence or two.
– Write a paragraph or two (up to 250 words) to describe your thoughts on exclusion/inclusion in the book, why you related or did not connect with the book, and why you think reading, inclusion and dialog about inclusion matter.
– Identify the name and website address of a cause you support with an inclusive mission.

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Short Story: "Flowering Judas" Young American woman teacher/volunteer deals with Mexican revolutionary's advances

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Laura comes home exhausted after a long day’s work and, yet again, must listen to the awful serenades of the besotted married physically unappealing guy who is paying her salary.

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Won both the Pulitzer and the National Book Award. Collected Stories combines every story Porter had published at the time -- three previously published story volumes -- plus four new stories for a total of 26 stories.

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26 stories told in 495 pages. Reading that many stories back-to-back is not the best way to enjoy them.

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Thoughtful service. Giving of yourself involves what you do as well as what you don’t

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Young woman pressured by older boss; she volunteers with young Mexican students and political prisoners.

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A cup of chocolate (be careful as it might thicken your singing voice) and a plate of rice. Up the atmosphere with bleeding Judas flowers.

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“She wears the uniform of an idea and has renounced vanities.”

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Somewhere you are sure to hear bad singing accompanied by bad guitar playing/singing. Or play some bad YouTube performances.

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Someone dislikeable wields the power, influence or resources you need. What do you do?
Your boss is a womanizer who hits on you/someone you love. Your response?
If you ran a prison, what would you to help prisoners feel less isolated and more hopeful?
How will you choose your next volunteering opportunity?

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Attend a rally, help a teacher, bring something to brighten the day of prisoners. Someday you can find flowering judas in Mexico City and do a garden tour and take in the Floating Gardens, Garden of Art, Parque Hundido, Parque Luis G. Urbina, and Jardín del Alcazar.

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Several of Porter’s stories have been made into TV episodes; her one novel, Ship of Fools, was made into a movie in 1965.

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“Pale Horse, Pale Rider” (1939 a collection of three Porter novellas)