Louise Erdrich is 2013 Featured Author
Louise Erdrich was named the 39th recipient of the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, the state's highest commendation for its citizens. The ceremony took place on April 19, 2013, at the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, Erdrich's hometown. The ceremony and Louise Erdrich's address was aired on Prairie Public on Thursday, April 25, and can be viewed on You Tube.
About the Author
The oldest in a family of seven children, Louise Erdrich was born in Little Falls, Minnesota, in 1954 but grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota, where her parents worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs School. Her mother, Rita (née Gourneau), is French Ojibway and her father, Ralph Erdrich, is German-American. Erdrich is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, for whom her maternal grandfather, Patrick Gourneau, served as tribal chairman in the 1950s.
She graduated from Dartmouth College and received a master of fine arts degree from Johns Hopkins University. Erdrich is the author of fourteen novels, as well as volumes of poetry, children's books, and a memoir of early motherhood. She also co-authored a novel, The Crown of Columbus, with her late husband, Michael Dorris.
Her novel Love Medicine (1984) won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse was a finalist for the National Book Award. The Plague of Doves (2008) won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2009. Erdrich has appeared at the annual University of North Dakota's Writers Conference in 1998 and 2004. Video recordings of both presentations are available here.
On November 15, 2012, Louise Erdrich won the National Book Award for her latest novel, The Round House. Louise lives in Minnesota with her husband and youngest daughter and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore in St. Paul. In April 2013, Governor Jack Dalrymple presented her with the North Dakota Rough Rider Award, the highest honor the state gives for outstanding contributions to North Dakota.
The Round House
Louise Erdrich won the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction with her fourteenth novel, The Round House.