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Gerald Vizenor returns to present his new collection

Blue Ravens: Two Native American brothers serve as soldiers in World War I

Gerald Vizenor weaves an engrossing historical portrayal of Native American soldiers in World War I. Blue Ravens begins in the days leading up to the Great War and continues in combat scenes at Château-ierry, Montbréhain, and Bois de Fays. A er serving in the American Expeditionary Forces, two brothers from the Anishinaabe culture return to the White Earth Reservation where they grew up, and eventually leave for a second time to live in Paris where they lead successful and creative lives.

With a spirited sense of “chance, totemic connections, and the tricky stories of our natural transience in the world,”
Vizenor creates an expression of presence commonly denied Native Americans. e novel contains many of
Vizenor’s recurrent cultural themes the power and irony of trickster stories, the privilege of survivance over victimry, natural reason and resistance. Blue Ravens is a story of courage in poverty and war from a recognized master of the postwar American novel and one of the most original and outspoken Native voices writing today.

Favor of Crows is a collection of new and previously published original haiku poems, written over the past forty years. Gerald Vizenor has earned a wide and devoted audience for his poetry. Vizenor creates a union of vision,
perception, and natural motion in concise poems; he creates a sense of presence and at the same time a naturalistic trace of impermanence.

An online reader’s companion will be available. “Joining the traditions of Japanese haiku and Chippewa dream songs, Vizenor has created a memorable book of one-breath nature poetry in which ordinary gerald vizenor is a prolic novelist, poet, literary critic, and citizen of the White Earth Nation of the Anishinaabeg in Minnesota. He is Professor Emeritus of American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His novel Griever: An American Monkey King in China won the American Book Award and the New York Fiction Collective

Earlier Event: April 29
Robert Zink

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