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Forum staff reports, Published July 19 2012

Erdrich to be honored with lit symposium

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.

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

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

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

The event concludes at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 with a discussion between Erdrich, Pinsky, Shihab and Urrea.

Erdrich has been lauded by critics for her novels, which focus 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.

In 2007 the University of North Dakota gave her an honorary doctorate, but she refused it out of opposition to the school’s Fighting Sioux mascot.

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