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"WLT's On the Craft of Writing" with David Treuer

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ACC Riverside, Room 8100
1020 Grove Boulevard
Austin, TX 78741

4/5/2019 From 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Introducing an exciting new event: WLT's On the Craft of Writing. A few times a year, the Writers' League of Texas will partner with area organizations to host a free event from a touring author on the craft behind their book. Our debut event features David Treuer, whose most recent book, the New York Times bestselling The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, mixes history, memoir, and reportage to create a sweeping history--and counter-narrative--of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present.

What reviewers are saying about the book:

"Chapter after chapter, it's like one shattered myth after another." - NPR

"A marvel of research and storytelling." - O, the Oprah Magazine

"Treuer’s storytelling skills shine." - The Economist

"An informed, moving and kaleidoscopic portrait... Treuer's powerful book suggests the need for soul-searching about the meanings of American history and the stories we tell ourselves about this nation's past.." - New York Times Book Review, front page

The Event

Treuer will discuss the process of combining different genres to create a hybrid nonfiction account, an increasingly popular form that uses memoir as just one tool available to the nonfiction writer. He will give a short lecture and then be in conversation with Writers' League Program Director Michael Noll. Books will be for sale, with a signing following the lecture and conversation.


Bestselling author David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. His father was an Austrian Jew and Holocaust survivor, and his mother was a tribal court judge. Treuer is the author of four novels, a memoir, a book of literary criticism, and, most recently, the acclaimed hybrid of nonfiction, memoir, and reportage The Heart of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, two Minnesota Book Awards, and fellowships from the NEH, Bush Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He divides his time between his home on the Leech Lake Reservation and Los Angeles, where he is a Professor of English at USC.