The Seattle Public Library will host "Spirit in the Rock: The Fierce Battle for Modoc Homelands," an illustrated book talk about the riveting stories of Modoc warriors, army foot soldiers, and cavalry officers, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636 . 

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Parking at the Central Library garage will be available for $6 after 5 p.m.

"Spirit in the Rock," by former Seattle City Councilman Jim Compton, tells the Modoc's struggle to save their homeland during the most expensive Indian conflict in American history.  Compton was a well-known journalist, Fulbright Scholar and member of the Seattle City Council from 1999 to 2006. He died in March 2014, two months after completing the manuscript for the book. His wife, Carol Arnold, edited the book after his death and will lead the discussion at this event, which will also feature remarks by Vivian Arviso, a noted Navajo author and educator. 

The book will be available for purchase and signing.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation.