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John Lamb, Published July 19 2012

Wahpeton's Louise Erdrich honored with lit symposium at Bluestem

MOORHEAD – Nationally acclaimed novelist and Wahpeton, N.D., native Louise Erdrich will be honored Aug. 23 and 24 at Bluestem Center for the Arts in Moorhead.

The event, called, Four Souls: Stories from America’s Borders: A Public Humanities Symposium Honoring Louise Erdrich, will include appearances from other notable authors, including former national poet laureate Robert Pinsky.

Palestinian-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye and Mexican-American Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea discuss their lives and work. These authors and Pinsky speak on the afternoon of the 24th.

Workshops will be held that morning with poet Jamieson Ridenhour, and fiction writer Susan Power.

The opening event is a 7:30 p.m. discussion on Aug. 23 with the New York Times best-selling author Erdrich, moderated by Ridenhour.

Erdrich has been lauded for critics for her novels, which focused on Native American and German-American communities in and around the Red River Valley, “Love Medicine” and “Beet Queen.” “The Plague of Doves” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2009.

The event concludes at 7:30 on the 24th with a discussion between Er-drich, Pinsky, Shihab and Urrea.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to register for the workshops, go to www.ndhumanities.org/four.php