Louise Erdrich

Sunday, July 26th,
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Louise Erdrich’s powerful novel The Round House is based on the extraordinary life of her grandfather, who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C.

Louise is the author of fifteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, children’s books, short stories, and a memoir of early motherhood. The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction. The Plague of Doves won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and her debut novel, Love Medicine, was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has received the Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction, the prestigious PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

Louise lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore.

When we are young, the words are scattered all around us.

As they are assembled by experience, so also are we, sentence by sentence, until the story takes shape.”

– Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich is the author of fifteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, children’s books, short stories, and a memoir of early motherhood.

Louise’s novel The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction. The Plague of Doves won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and her debut novel, Love Medicine, was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has received the Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction, the prestigious PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

Louise lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore.

Visit the Book Passage website to have any of Louise’s books delivered right to your door.

You’re sure to enjoy these Book Passage favorites:

The Night Watchman

Night Watchman

The Round House

The Round House

The Plague of Doves

The Plague of Doves

Love Medicine

Love Medicine

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    What is the last book you read that moved you?

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    How has your independent bookstore been affected during the pandemic and subsequently by the protests against police brutality in Minneapolis?

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    In an interview with NPR you said, “I grew up knowing who I was and accepting all parts of myself. And this is a part that I realized would not have existed had my grandfather not fought for it”. Was this your inspiration for writing The Night Watchman?

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    What draws you to the dystopian genre vs historical fiction? How do each of these genres make a political statement? Is all your writing political?

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    What was the writing process like writing The Night Watchman? Did you rely on historical accounts and research? Your own family history? What was the process like of integrating the two?

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    Who are some of your favorite authors, whether fiction or non-fiction, and have they influenced your writing?

Louise Erdrich
Sunday, July 26, 2020

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