Louise Erdrich, 10th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Louise Erdrich

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Newport News Room, Webb Center; Mills Godwin Life Sciences Auditorium

Author/Artist Bio

Louise Erdrich grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota, near the Turtle Mountain Reservation, where her grandfather was tribal chairman. Her novel Love Medicine won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the American Academy of Arts and Letters prize for best first fiction. Foreign editions of Love Medicine and The Beet Queen have been published in England, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Holland, Spain, France, and Denmark. In her newest work, The Beet Queen, Ms. Erdrich lets one character talk, then another, then a third. Leaps in time and in perception allow the reader intimate access to each character's dreams, expectations, and losses. We see her people when they are young and when they are old, vibrantly alive, frank, funny, and outrageous. Ms. Erdrich lives in New Hampshire with her husband/collaborator Michael Dorris and their five children.

Booklist Novels: Love Medicine; The Beet Queen. Poetry: Jacklight: Poems.


Louise Erdrich talked about "Post-Nuclear Fiction" at 2:30 p.m., Monday, October 5, in the Newport News Room, Webb Center.

She also read from her new and published work at 8:00 that evening in Mills Godwin Auditorium.


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