I have to get as close to the bare truth [of experience] as I can.
. . . I love writing because . . . I'm able to live in a world
where I can be expressive and I can be truthful
about emotion and about human nature. . . .
~ Louise Erdrich
If you haven't watched this Bill Moyers interview* with award-winning writer Louise Erdrich, you owe yourself the approximately 33 minutes the discussion takes. In addition to talking about her artistic life and her books, most of which I have read with much pleasure, Erdrich eloquently speaks about her sense of identity and her Native American (Ojibwe) heritage and its importance in her life and the lives of her children. She has some profound and moving things to say. She also reads from some of her works.
Erdrich is the author of the novels The Round House, The Antelope Wife, and Shadow Tag, as well as 10 other novels and numerous children's books, volumes of short stories, a memoir, and poetry collections, among the latter Baptism of Desire.
Erdrich lives in Minnesota and owns the independent Minneapolis bookstore Birchbark Books.
Bill Moyers Journal: Louise Erdrich from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.
* November 2012
Louise Erdrich Profiles at Faces of America, HarperCollins Publishers, Modern American Poetry, National Book Foundation (Erdrich received the 2012 NBF Award in Fiction for The Round House) , NPR, The Poetry Foundation
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