David Treuer to Launch New Book at SAR

Artist Talk, SAR Boardroom

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 5:00–6:00 pm, Free

Cover to David Treuer's Rez Life—An Indian's Journey through Reservation LifeCover to David Treuer's Rez Life—An Indian's Journey through Reservation Life
Cover to David Treuer's Rez Life—An Indian's Journey through Reservation Life

Come hear celebrated novelist David Treuer discuss his new book, Rez Life—An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life, which is due to be released by Atlantic Monthly Press in February.

David Treuer has gained a reputation for writing fiction that expands the horizons of Native American literature. In Rez Life, his first full-length work of nonfiction, Treuer brings a novelist's storytelling skill and an eye for detail to a complex and subtle examination of Native American reservation life, past and present. With authoritative research and reportage, Treuer illuminates misunderstood contemporary issues of sovereignty, treaty rights, and natural-resource conservation. He traces the waves of public policy that have disenfranchised and exploited Native Americans, exposing the tension that has marked the historical relationship between the United States government and the Native American population. Through the eyes of students, teachers, government administrators, lawyers, and tribal court judges, he shows how casinos, tribal government, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs have transformed the landscape of Native American life. In Rez Life, Treuer, Ojibwe from Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota, mines his own experience and that of his people as he explores crime and poverty, casinos and wealth, and the preservation of native language and culture. 

David Treuer is the author of three novels and a book of essays. His writing has also appeared in Esquire, Bomb, Granta, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Slate.com. He is the winner of a Pushcart Prize, the Minnesota Book Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Bush Foundation. A professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California, he divides his time between Los Angeles and Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota.

“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.”
—Peter Matthiessen

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