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New from Louise Erdrich


Makoons (Birchbark House)

Pre-order yours today! Release date is August 9th. Book 5 in the beloved Birchbark House series. Named for the Ojibwe word for little bear, Makoons and his twin, Chickadee, have traveled with their family to the Great Plains of Dakota Territory. There they must learn to become buffalo hunters and once again help their people make a home in a new land. But Makoons has had a vision that foretells great challenges—challenges that his family may not be able to overcome. Signed by Louise.


LaRose: A Novel

Now Available! In this literary masterwork, Louise wields her breathtaking narrative magic in an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in indigenous culture.

Birchbark Books Exclusive!

Each copy of LaRose purchased from Birchbark Books is signed by Louise and will include a copy of a page of the original hand-written manuscript. Order yours today.

Featured Books

The Road Back to Sweetgrass
by Linda LeGarde Grover
The Road Back to Sweetgrass
  • Price: $14.95    (Paperback)
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Thunder Boy Jr.
by Sherman Alexie
Thunder Boy Jr.
  • Price: $17.99    (Hardcover)
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A novel set in northern Minnesota, following a trio of American Indian women from the 1970s to the present, observing their coming of age and the intersection of their lives as they navigate love, economic hardship, loss, and changing family dynamics.

National Book Award-winner Sherman Alexie's lyrical text and Caldecott Honor-winner Yuyi Morales's striking and beautiful illustrations celebrate the special relationship between father and son.

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Gerald Vizenor: Treaty Shirts

Tuesday, August 9th @ 7pm
Bockley Gallery (near Birchbark Books)

Birchbark Books welcomes Gerald Vizenor for a reading from his new book Treaty Shirts: October 2034—A Familiar Treatise on the White Earth Nation. In this masterful, candid, surreal, and satirical allegory set in an imagined future, seven natives are exiled from federal sectors that have replaced the federal reservation system. Banished because of their dedication to a democratic ethos, they declare a new, egalitarian nation on an island in Lake of the Woods—a lake bordering Ontario and Minnesota. Gerald Vizenor is a prolific novelist, poet, literary critic, and citizen of the White Earth Nation of the Anishinaabeg in Minnesota. He will be signing books following the reading.

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