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Calendar of Events and Readings


Ada Deer: Making a Difference. In conversation with Louise Erdrich.

Thursday, November 14th @7pm
Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church
2020 W Lake of the Isles Parkway

Join us as we celebrate the life of Native scholar and activist Ada Deer. In her stirring new memoir, Making a Difference: My Fight for Native Rights and Social Justice, Ada narrates the first eighty-three years of her life, which are characterized by her tireless campaigns to reverse the forced termination of the Menominee tribe and to ensure sovereignty and self-determination for all tribes. The evening will feature a conversation with Louise Erdrich, who writes: "Ada Deer is a personal hero of mine. Her intelligence and courage in restoring Menominee rights after the outrage of federal termination is unforgettable. We need her example more than ever in this challenging time! I am beyond thrilled to have a conversation with her." Books available for purchase at the event. Free and open to the public. Sure to be a memorable night of humor, heart, and inspiration. Not to be missed!

Beth Piatote: The Beadworkers

Wednesday, November 20th @ 7pm
Bockley Gallery (near Birchbark Books)

Writer and scholar Beth Piatote presents her new book, The Beadworkers. Released to a groundswell of critical praise, this luminous debut collection opens with a feast, grounding its stories in the landscapes and lifeworlds of the Native Northwest, exploring the inventive and unforgettable pattern of Native American life in the contemporary world. Told with humor, subtlety, and beautiful spareness, the mixed-genre stories find unifying themes in the strength of kinship, the pulse of longing, and the language of return. Louise Erdrich says: "The Beadworkers is a feast of wit and storytelling. I read it once to see where Piatote would go next. Twice to savor the emotional, cultural, and structural resonance of her fine work." Book signing to follow the reading.