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Author to Discuss an Indian’s Journey through Reservation Life on Oct. 25

David Treuer gives voice to personal and cultural life on an Indian reservation

October 11, 2012 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — David Treuer, author of Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life, will visit The College of Wooster on Thursday, Oct. 25, to lead a workshop on memoir writing for students and faculty and then present an evening reading. The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. in Room 009 of Severance Hall (943 College Mall).

Treuer is also the author of three critically acclaimed novels and a book of literary essays. He is a professor of English at the University of Southern California, and has been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and Slate for his cultural commentaries on Native identity, sovereignty, language, and history.

His most recent book (Rez Life) is part memoir, part political and cultural history of reservations shaped by both legal and policy traditions. The book places questions about the native environmental, economy, and cultural sovereignty at the center of discussions about the political future of both Native and American society.

In the introduction to Rez Life, Treuer writes, “It is about how reservations began, what they are now, and where they are going. You can tell a lot about a place by its exceptions, by turning over and inspecting the frayed corners of its quilt.” He goes on to say that his book recognizes the debt he owes to his family and the American Indian people.

An Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota, Treuer has won numerous awards for his publications, including a Pushcart Prize, a Minnesota Book Award, and fellowships from the NEH, Bush Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is a 1992 graduate of Princeton University where he wrote two senior theses: one in anthropology and one in creative writing. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology. His other books include Little (1996), The Hiawatha (2000), Native American Fiction (2006), and The Translation of Dr. Appeles: A Love Story (2006).

Additional information about Treuer’s visit is available by phone (330-263-2575) or e-mail.

- Written by Libby Facker ‘13