Happenings: Louise Erdrich Reading

Louise Erdrich to share many voices, many stories at Wittliff Collections

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Louise Erdrich

By A.J. Ortega

Louise Erdrich comes from many worlds and can be identified as many things. She is the daughter of a Chippewa Indian and German American, a businesswoman, a mother, a poet and a New York Times bestselling writer. But, ultimately, she is a storyteller. She has a voice.

Erdich will share her voice with the Texas State community through a reading and book signing on Thursday, April 5, at 3:30 p.m. in the Wittliff Collections. She also will read at the Katherine Anne Porter House in Kyle on Friday, April 6. Both events are free and open to the public.

Erdrich is the author of 13 novels as well as volumes of poetry, short stories, children’s books and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel Love Medicine won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse was a finalist for the National Book Award. Most recently, The Plague of Doves won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Erdrich’s debut novel, Love Medicine, is the first in a series that traverses the lives and generations of several interrelated families on a reservation in a fictional North Dakota town.

The books in this series are written in a narrative style that has few boundaries. There are multiple narrators and disjointed chronologies. This seems to encompass the spirit and style of traditional oral storytelling in Native American culture. Erdrich’s style has garnered comparisons to William Faulkner in numerous reviews. The tales resonate with heartbreak, tragedy, joy, excitement, confusion, bitterness and triumph.

In addition to crafting award-winning novels, Erdrich owns an independent bookstore (with a confessional in it, although she calls it a “Forgiveness Booth”).

Texas State’s MFA Creative Writing Program, the Burdine Johnson Foundation, and the Wittliff Collections welcome this unique and decorated writer as part of the Therese Kayser Lindsey/Katherine Anne Porter Series. For more information, see the Wittliff Collections events page at thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu or call 512.245.2313.

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