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Bemidji Public Library to host Minnesota author David Treuer


David Treuer, originally from Bemidji area, will treat audiences to readings from his most recently released book “Rez Life”, and talk about his writing, stories and life as an Ojibwe. Mr. Treuer will be at the Bemidji Public Library on Saturday February 18 at 4:00 p.m. This program is free, is open to the general public, and is appropriate for all ages.

David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the 1996 Minnesota Book Award, and fellowships from the NEH, Bush Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He divides his time between his home on the Leech Lake Reservation and Ontario, California, where he teaches at the college level. He is the author of three novels and a book of criticism. His essays and stories have appeared in Esquire, TriQuarterly, The Washington Post, the LA Times, and His most recent release is Rez Life.

The son of Robert Treuer, an Austrian Jew and holocaust survivor and Margaret Seelye Treuer, a tribal court judge, David Treuer grew up on Leech Lake Reservation. David is the younger brother of Anton Treuer, author and professor at Bemidji State University. After graduating from high school he attended Princeton University where he wrote two senior theses--one in anthropology and one in creative writing--and where he worked with Toni Morrison, Paul Muldoon, and Joanna Scott. Treuer graduated in 1992 and published his first novel, Little, in 1995. He received his PhD in anthropology and published his second novel, The Hiawatha, in 1999. His third novel The Translation of Dr Apelles and a book of criticism,Native American Fiction; A User's Manual appeared in 2006. The Translation of Dr Apelles was named a Best Book of the Year by theWashington Post, Time Out, and City Pages.

This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage. For a complete schedule of the David Treuer events in the Region, visit the Kitchigami website at, and select Legacy Events.


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