The Seattle Public Library presents anthropologist and author David Treuer in a discussion of American Indian lives, including popular images and narratives, common influences and damaging stereotypes, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636.

Reading popular depictions of Native American history has been a struggle for Treuer, many of which seemed to conclude that his culture was a relic of the past. Having grown up on an Ojibwe reservation, he knew that Native American history did not end with a battle in 1890. In both fiction and nonfiction, Treuer has spent his career dissecting narratives around Native American life. His work reveals the unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention it took to preserve Native languages, traditions and families.


Treuer's most recent work is "The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee." He has written four novels: "Prudence," "The Translation of Dr. Apelles," "The Hiawatha" and "Little." His nonfiction books include "Native American Fiction: A User's Manual" and "Rez Life."

Treuer’s essays and stories have appeared in Granta, Harper’s, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Slate and The Washington Post, among others. Treuer is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, two Minnesota Book Awards, and fellowships from the NEH, Bush Foundation and Guggenheim Foundation. "The Translation of Dr. Apelles" was named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, Time Out and City Pages. Treuer is a graduate of Princeton University and earned a Ph.D. in anthropology. He divides his time between his home on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and Los Angeles, where he teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.


The A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History is made possible by a generous gift from the late Priscilla Bullitt Collins in honor of her father, A. Scott Bullitt.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Company. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


Library events are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required.

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