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David Treuer - Book Reading and Discussion

Apr
5

 

 

A Reading and Discussion by David Treuer - Rez Life - April 5, 2012  4 PM – 5:30 pm   3222Angell Hall

A book sale and signing will take place after the Reading

 

David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the 1996 Minnesota Book Award, and fellowships from the NEH, Bush Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He divides his time between his home on the Leech Lake Reservation and Los Angeles, where he is a professor at the University of Southern California. He is the author of three novels, a critical study, and his new nonfiction work, Rez Life (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2012). His essays and stories have appeared in Esquire, TriQuarterly, theWashington Post, the LA Times, and Slate.com.

 The son of Robert Treuer, an Austrian Jew and holocaust survivor, and Margaret Seelye Treuer, a tribal court judge, David Treuer grew up on Leech Lake Reservation. After graduating from high school he attended Princeton University where he worked with Toni Morrison, Paul Muldoon, and Joanna Scott. Treuer published his first novel, Little, in 1995. He received his Ph.D in anthropology from the University of Michigan and published his second novel, The Hiawatha, in 1999. His third novel, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, and a book of criticism, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual appeared in 2006. The Translation of Dr. Apelles was named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, Time Out, and City Pages. His novels have been translated into Norwegian, Finnish, French, and Greek. 


Rez Lifeis a complex and subtle examination of reservation life, past and present. Written in the aftermath of the 2005 school shootings at Red Lake High School near Leech Lake (and more to the point, in the context of news coverage of the tragedy), Rez Life corrects misrepresentations of Indians and their homelands, illuminates misunderstood issues of sovereignty, treaty rights, and natural resource conservation, and traces the waves of public policy that have disenfranchised and exploited Native peoples. Through the voices of informants – tribal cops and judges, teachers and students, lawyers and BIA representatives, plus a good number of friends and relatives – Treuer is able to show how casinos, tribal governments, and culture (both popular and traditional) have led to drastic transformations of Native American life. Peter Matthiessen calls Rez Life “an invaluable study and vivid account of problematic life on our reservations by a writer – a very good writer! – raised ‘on the rez’ who knows what he’s talking about only too well and also knows how to tell a story….Highly recommended.”

Start Time: 4/5/2012  4:00 PM
Location: 3222 Angell Hall
Contact: lyonssr@umich.edu
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