LOUISE ERDRICH is one of the most revered novelists of our time. Influenced by a community of storytellers and rooted in Ojibwe myths and legends, Erdrich – author of 15 novels, plus volumes of poetry, children’s books, short stories, and a memoir of early motherhood – has “remained true to her Native ancestors’ mythic and artistic visions while writing fiction that candidly explores the cultural issues facing modern-day Native Americans and mixed heritage Americans” (The Poetry Foundation). Her book The Round House, winner of the National Book Award for fiction, is a “powerful novel” that showcases Erdrich’s “extraordinary ability to delineate the ties of love, resentment, need, duty, and sympathy that bind families together” (The New York Times), with “stunning language that recalls shades of Faulkner, García Márquez, and Toni Morrison” (USA Today). Her novel The Plague of Doves received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and both her novel LaRose – which The New York Times called “incandescent” – and her debut Love Medicine won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. She also was awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. Erdrich comes to Houston to share her forthcoming novel The Night Watchman, based on the extraordinary life of Erdrich’s grandfather, who as a working man carried on the fight against Native dispossession. She lives in Minnesota and is owner of the independent bookstore Birchbark Books.