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Glen Ellyn

Glenbard Parent Series kicks off communitywide read Sept. 5

The Glenbard Parent Series has selected “The Killers of the Flowers Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” as its 2019 communitywide read.

The GPS will host the book’s author, National Book Award finalist David Grann, at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 in the Glenbard West Auditorium, 670 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn, and become acquainted with this important work that delves into a dark corner of American history.

At the end of the 19th century, the Osage Indians were driven onto presumed worthless land, but their Oklahoma reservation turned out to be atop one of the largest U.S. oil deposits, turning members of the Osage Nation into some of the wealthiest people in the world, and ultimately marking them for death.

Exposing the turbulent history of the relations between whites and the Osage Nation over the course of more than a century, the book provides a look at the deep-seated prejudices that continue to cast a shadow over our country, and how, ultimately, a team from the fledgling FBI, led by old-style Texas lawman Tom White, solved a shocking murder case directed at members of the Osage Nation.

The book is being turned into a feature film with director Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

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