Celebrating Old Jules

The Mari Sandoz Heritage Society will host an in-depth discussion of the 1935 biography of Mari’s father, Jules Sandoz, on June 13 at 6:00 p.m. at Francie & Finch Bookshop.

First published in 1935, Old Jules is unquestionably Mari Sandoz’s masterpiece. This portrait of her pioneer father grew out of “the silent hours of listening behind the stove or the wood box, when it was assumed, of course, that I was asleep in bed. So it was that I heard the accounts of the hunts,” Sandoz recalls. “But the most impressive stories were those told me by Old Jules himself.”

9780803293243Mari Sandoz (1896–1966) is one of Nebraska’s most celebrated writers. Our Bison Books edition of Sandoz’s beloved book includes a new introduction from Linda M. Hasselstrom, a teacher, editor, and author of eleven books of nonfiction and poetry about the northern plains.


“A realistic biography, a rare find,” wrote the New York Times Book Review. “On putting down this book one feels that one has read the history of all pioneering.”

This event is in preparation for the dedication of the Sandoz historical marker dedication, which will take place on Friday, June 15 at 4:00 p.m. at the Warner Legislative Chamber, Nebraska State Capitol. The event is free and open to the public.

The event at Francie & Finch (located in the heart of downtown Lincoln at 130 S. 13th Street) is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP to Elizabeth Chase: 402-499-3703 or info@marisandoz.org.

To learn more about the events celebrating Sandoz and Old Jules, visit the Mari Sandoz Heritage Society.

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