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Albany Book Festival: Sierra Crane Murdoch & David Treuer

One is a detective story, the other offers an updated history. Both feature Native American life and culture as the core of their stories.

Sierra Crane Murdoch and David Treuer will join us for a conversation on their new books at the upcoming (online) Albany Book Festival September 10-24. Their event will premiere Thursday, September 17. Read more about these two writers...

"Yellow Bird" by Sierra Crane Murdoch
"Yellow Bird" by Sierra Crane Murdoch

Sierra Crane Murdoch’s first book Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country, published in February, has been named one of the most anticipated books by the Chicago Tribune, BuzzFeed, Newsweek, and LitHub among other publications.

“This book is a detective story, and a good one, that tells what happens when rootless greed collides with rooted culture. But it’s also a classic slice of American history, and a tale of resilience in the face of remarkable trauma. Sierra Crane Murdoch is a patient, careful, and brilliant chronicler of this moment in time, a new voice who will add much to our literature in the years ahead.” — Bill McKibben

Crane Murdoch has been awarded a Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism, a visiting fellowship in the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California Berkeley, and a MacDowell Fellowship.

Click here to order Yellow Bird through the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, the sole bookseller for the Albany Book Festival.


"The Heartbeat on Wounded Knee" by David Treuer
"The Heartbeat on Wounded Knee" by David Treuer

David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the NEH, Bush Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. His New York Times bestseller The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present was a finalist or the 2019 National Book Award and Carnegie Medal. It melds memoir and reportage to tell the story of American Indians since the end of the nineteenth century to the present.

David divides his time between his home on the Leech Lake Reservation and Los Angeles, where he is a Professor of English at USC.

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

Click here to order The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee.

  • Walter Isaacson sits down with Native American writer David Treuer, to discuss his new memoir and why he believes America is at war with itself. Watch video on Amanpour & Co.

  • Brothers Fight for Ojibwe Language, interviewed on Listen on Fresh Air




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