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Louise Erdrich presents The Sentence in conversation with Joan Naviyuk Kane (Virtual)

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Thursday, April 7, 2022


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Join award-winning author Louise Erdrich in a virtual reading and discussion of her latest novel, The Sentence. The book asks what we owe to the living, the dead, to the reader and to the book. A small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store's most annoying customer. Flora dies on All Souls' Day, but she simply won't leave the store. Tookie, who has landed a job selling books after years of incarceration that she survived by reading "with murderous attention," must solve the mystery of this haunting while at the same time trying to understand all that occurs in Minneapolis during a year of grief, astonishment, isolation, and furious reckoning.

Louise Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, is the author of many novels as well as volumes of poetry, children’s books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction. Love Medicine and LaRose received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Erdrich lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore. Her recent book, The Night Watchman, won the Pulitzer Prize. A ghost lives in her creaky old house.

Joan Naviyuk Kane is Inupiaq with family from Ugiuvak and Qawiaraq. The author of several collections of poetry and prose, most recently Dark Traffic, she is currently a lecturer in the department of studies in Race, Colonialism and Diaspora at Tufts, and teaches creative writing at Harvard, Tufts, and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She raises her children in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her second book, Hyperboreal, is being published in a French translation in 2022 by Editions Caractères. 

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