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Author News: Tommy Orange

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  Tommy Orange hints about upcoming sequel to 'There There' By Chris Kopacz The much-anticipated sequel to author Tommy Orange’s acclaimed first novel, “There There,” will take readers to places they may not have gone before... A link to history His sequel to “There There” will pick up the lives of the original characters in the aftermath of the powwow but will also deal heavily with the early history of Indian boarding schools. It will begin differently than his first novel. “It definitely doesn’t have a non-fiction tone,” he said. “For instance, I'm speaking from the character of Pratt.” Orange said one of the characters he follows from the boarding schools will turn out to be related to Opal Viola, a character from “There

Flogging your Blog (and open to submissions)

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If Venus could do it, so can you. Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity Updated 6/27/21 You’ve set up your author’s website (you have, haven’t you?), and you’ve begun a blog. You are happily blogging away, secure in the belief that every time you hit “Publish” your thoughts are winging their way through the blogosphere, reaching millions of people who are hungry for your knowledge, wit and/or wisdom. The millions are not hungry. If anything, they are overfed. According to NM (that’s Nielson/McKinsey) Incite — a company formed to “discover industry-specific consumer insights and build relevant, differentiated and emotionally engaging brands … with the vision that real-time, authentic consumer expression in social media transforms how marketers build strong brands, create passionate and engaged brand communities, and ultimately achieve superior sales outcomes” (so many buzz words, so little content! I am sure you could write a better sentence than

National Writers Series: Robin Wall Kimmerer — June 10, 2021

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 Details here . ROBIN WALL KIMMERER Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of  Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants , which has earned Kimmerer wide acclaim. Her first book,  Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses , was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing. As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. She holds a BS in Botany from SUNY ESF, an MS and PhD in Botany from the University of Wisconsin and is the author of numerous scientific papers on plant ecology, bryophyte ecology, traditional knowledge and restoration ecology.  EVENT AND BOOK This special  TICKETED  virtual event is presented in partnership with For Love of Water (FLOW), a nonprofit dedicat

It's Official. It's A Miracle We've Survived This Far

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Award winning journalist and multi-genre Indigenous author Trace L. Hentz offers critical concise and insightful examination of current events, historical and headline news, and delves into the esoteric in her powerful new creative non-fiction “WHAT JUST HAPPENED,” the second in a series “It’s a Miracle We’ve Survived This Far.” As she explores in the book how the system isn’t broken, it was built this way, she expands on what is missing from today’s media coverage. “Our attention span is getting shorter so full-length books don’t translate and work for most people, so this book is 200 pages with intense yet brief analysis from some of the best minds, living or dead.”  Hentz expands her interviews with the late Santee Sioux poet prophet musician John Trudell in the fourth section.   Formatted in a similar fashion to her book MENTAL MIDGETS | Musqonocihte, WHAT JUST HAPPENED? has new prose, poetry and her photography. How readers experience a book can be brutal intense uplifting or

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: Self-Published Book Gets Movie Deal

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Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: Self-Published Book Gets Movie Deal ... Without an... : This is an eye-opening article about a writer who could not get his book published and ended up with a movie deal.   Not a single agent was interested ... Want To See Your Book Become A Movie? It’ll Take Perseverance And Patience. By D. Eric Maikranz -April 6, 2021:  Book Baby Blog From Hollywood to Nepal, this story of how a self-published novel became a major motion picture started with an author’s crazy idea of turning readers into agents. Crazy… until it worked! My debut novel, The Reincarnationist Papers , is being re-released in print, eBook, and audiobook by Blackstone Publishing this year, the same year that the movie Infinite , a Paramount Pictures adaptation of my novel starring Mark Wahlberg and Dylan O’Brien, will hit theaters globally. This has been a dream come true for me, but only a few people know what it took to get here. It’s been a long journey of ups and downs

400 Years after the Mayflower: A Wampanoag Perspective

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Memory Lands | Violence and Indigenous Communities

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Christine M. DeLucia, Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2018). Noted historian Christine DeLucia offers a major reconsideration of the violent seventeenth-century conflict in northeastern America known as King Philip’s War, providing an alternative to Pilgrim-centric narratives that have conventionally dominated the histories of colonial New England. DeLucia grounds her study of one of the most devastating conflicts between Native Americans and European settlers in early America in five specific places that were directly affected by the crisis, spanning the Northeast as well as the Atlantic world. She examines the war’s effects on the everyday lives and collective mentalities of the region’s diverse Native and Euro-American communities over the course of several centuries, focusing on persistent struggles over land and water, sovereignty, resistance, cultural memory, and

Return of the Trickster by Eden Robinson

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  Return of the Trickster is a novel by Eden Robinson. (Knopf Canada, Red Works Photography) Return of the Trickster is the third book in celebrated writer Eden Robinson's Trickster trilogy, after Son of a Trickster and Trickster Drift . In Return of the Trickster , Jared is coming to terms with his trickster powers — and with the havoc they create for him and everyone he loves. His mom, Maggie, is coming to terms with them as well. But when his power-hungry Aunt Georgina comes to town, it's the beginning of a magical war — with Jared in the middle of it all. When you can read it: March 2, 2021 Why it took Eden Robinson eight years to write Son of a Trickster Robinson is an award-winning writer from Kitamaat, B.C. She is also the author of the novels Monkey Beach , Son of a Trickster and Trickster Drift . Return of the Trickster completes the Trickster trilogy. Son of a Trickster was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was championed on Canada

Eric Gansworth | Apple (skin to the core)

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How about a book that makes you barge into your boss's office to read a page of poetry from? That you dream of? That every movie, song, book, moment that follows continues to evoke in some way? The term "Apple" is a slur in Native communities across the country. It's for someone supposedly "red on the outside, white on the inside." Eric Gansworth is telling his story in Apple (Skin to the Core) . The story of his family, of Onondaga among Tuscaroras, of Native folks everywhere. From the horrible legacy of the government boarding schools, to a boy watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to a young man fighting to be an artist who balances multiple worlds. Eric shatters that slur and reclaims it in verse and prose and imagery that truly lives up to the word heartbreaking.  About the Author Eric Gansworth, S˙ha-weñ na-saeˀ, is an enrolled Onondaga writer and visual artist, raised at the Tuscarora Nation. H

First Nation Authors Joshua Whitehead and Susan Power

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About the Author Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-nêhiyaw, Two-Spirit member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is the author of the poetry collection  full-metal indigiqueer and the novel  Jonny Appleseed .   Jonny Appleseed  won the Lambda Literary Award for gay fiction. Jonny Appleseed ,  was longlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction and the the Amazon Canada First Novel Award. His forthcoming work, Making Love With the Land , is set to be published in 2021. READ THIS INTERVIEW   Joshua also contributed to the anthology STOLEN GENERATIONS, published by Blue Hand Books!   Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction Edited by Joshua Whitehead As I was reading Love after the End , I was reminded just how colonialist SFF often is as a genre, whether it’s about “conquering new worlds” and literally establishing colonies,

Tommy Pico (Viejas Tribal Nation of the Kumeyaay nation) | Poets with Attitude

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Tommy Teebs Pico was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, a 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and has poems in BOMB, Guernica, and the Offing. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn and with Morgan Parker co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA).  Image: Interview Magazine 2019 - Tommy Pico is author of the books IRL, Nature Poem, Junk , and Feed . Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now splits his time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. He co-curates the reading series “Poets with Attitude,” co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot , and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub . Tags: Writing , Process , Beginnings , Adversity , Success , Identity As told to Ruby Brunton ON BOOKSHOP   Interview On not wasting any time Writer Tommy Pico on moving from poetry into screenwriting, and what it means to shake off imposter syndrome

Shawnee Rising | Shawnee artist Michael Daugherty

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Shawnee artist Michael Daugherty shares stories, rants, and personal thoughts about who he is and what it means to be an artist and Shawnee. Podcast  read his poem Only Indians can Talk to Animals SUPPORT HIS WORK! He's Wonderful!  VISIT HIS SHOP Michael Daugherty is an enrolled member of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, one of three federally recognized Shawnee Tribes. As an aspiring Shawnee artist, Michael also dreams of becoming a writer, filmmaker, and comic book creator. He loves creating new and meaningful art and he wants his art to reflect who he is as a Shawnee.   In December of 2016, Michael self-published his first children’s book on lulu.com called The Snake Hunter , about a little Shawnee boy named Eli Tecumseh who dreams of being a brave water protector like his dad, who is away fighting the “black snakes” that are destroying Mother Earth.   His second children’s book, Koko’s Secret Treasure , followed a few month

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