Young Adult Lit/Crit

March 8, 2008

Author Louise Erdrich in Syracuse on MAR 11

Filed under: from your prof — sunyprof @ 10:20 am

Dear Teachers,

I may be able to get free tickets for those of you who are around during break week to hear Louise Erdrich in SYR. at the Civic Center on Tuesday night.

She is one of my favorite authors and while I was fortunate to hear her speak in NYC in November, I am eager to hear her again on TUES night.

I strongly recommend her work (12 novels, a memoir, children’s books, poetry, etc.) to you, As you may know, she is Chippewa and her work focuses often on Native characters and life. She is widely acclaimed as one of the most significant Native writers of the second wave of what critic Kenneth Lincoln has called the Native American Renaissance.

The tickets are $25 so a free one is a prize.

The talk starts at 7:30 and is always over by 9 after a question period.

So it’s an early night even if you are driving from the Cortland area. For those of you who live in the SYR. area this is a wonderful opportunity to hear a major American writer whose work is appropriate to read with adolescents as well.

Please get in touch right away if you are able to make it. I need to know by Monday if you would like a ticket.



  1. Karen! Please may I have one of those tix?


    Comment by joycehansen — March 8, 2008 @ 2:26 pm

  2. What a GREAT experience! Thanks so much for making those tickets available, I am so happy I went despite the fact that I was not familiar with her work. I intend to put at least one of her books on my summer reading list (which appears to be growing by the second) but I did really enjoy her lecture. I know we were also really excited about next year’s list of authors… Joyce and I were commenting about how strange that we were living in Syracuse and never knew about this lecture series! Thanks again Karen for getting us involved!

    Comment by Kari — March 12, 2008 @ 10:05 pm

  3. Can someone post a link to this lecture series? Sounds like a great experience. Did she talk about craft? Her Native American experience?

    Comment by sostrom — March 12, 2008 @ 11:08 pm

  4. You can see the upcoming series’ speakers at this site. The poet Mary Oliver is the Tuesday, April 15 speaker. I’m planning to go and I should be able to get free tickets for those of you who are interested in going. I’m so glad Kari and Joyce that you were able to take advantage of the tickets this week. KES

    Comment by Karen — March 13, 2008 @ 6:34 am

  5. Thank you so much, Karen, for this amazing experience. It was the highlight of my spring break.

    I (roughly) recounted the story of the crow for my friend Meghan when we went out to lunch the next day. And she cried! That’s a powerful speaker. One thing that really struck me was Erdrich’s ability to detail the crow’s individuality. Additionally, I was impressed with the humor she certainly used as a bridge through the sentiment. Crutcher was also able to use this technique. I felt inspired to take out LOVE MEDICINE.

    Kari and I both loved the poem Erdrich read at the close of her talk. I would definitely love a copy. What was it called?

    Can’t wait for next spring: Marjane Satrapi will be speaking!

    Thanks again, Karen!


    Comment by joycehansen — March 15, 2008 @ 1:40 pm

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