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Book Signing and Discussion for Author Stephanie Griest


Brain David (left) with Stephanie Griest (middle), Kanietahawi Sharrow and Okiokwinon Francis, all of whom helped Griest with the research of the book.

The last 10 years of Stephanie Elizondo Griest's research has led up to the launch of her newest book "All the Agents and Saints" where she discusses the U.S. Borderlands and the effects it has on a community. This event was held at the Akwesasne Library where Griest would discuss the process of writing this book, what she had learned during that time, and how grateful she is for all the people she met while working on this book.

Stephanie Griest has been writing what she describes as a trilogy of books all about culture, identity and borders that affect a community. This 3rd installment marks the end of that trilogy as she put the most love and care into it while exploring the different aspects of borders and how they affect the people in between. In the book, she talks about her home in South Texas and the various experiences of people who have died trying to navigate the border to enter the United States. Greist also recounted some similarities that Akwesasne had to South Texas as well as many differences in terms of how the border affected them. All of which are recounted in her book.

Stephanie Griest reads a passage from her book.

During her presentation, she shared several passages from the book, one of which she tells the story of witnessing many people of Akwesasne confronting the company heads of the Alcon factory. Other passages from the book included the time she followed a border patrol officer finding a dead body and another passage talks about Saint Kateri Tekakwitha and the similarities to a patron Saint from Mexico.

After the presentation, the floor was open for questions, one of which included asking what kind of emotional journey this was for her. "For the most part, I felt rage and anger. But that came from the people who have been mistreated and abused - I am a fighter of Social Justice, and I'm just glad that I was able to relay these stories the way I did."

After that, she offered to sign books to a line of eager friends and fans, all anxious to thank Griest for all her hard work.

"All The Agents and Saints" by Stephanie Griest can be bought on Amazon or at the Sweetgrass Gift Shop on the bottom floor of the Akwesasne Library.


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