Louise Erdrich Wins National Book Critics Circle Award for “LaRose”

Louise Erdrich, one of the most prolific American Indian authors alive, awarded National Book Critics Circle Award.

Published March 17, 2017

NEW YORK — Louise Erdrich, a tribal member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction on Thursday in New York for her latest novel, “LaRose.” She won the award in 1984 for “Love Medicine.”

“LaRose” is the last in a trilogy that began with “Love Medicine.”

In her acceptance speech, Erdrich veered in the political climate that exists in current times:

“I’d like to thank my mother, a strong Native woman,” Erdrich said. “And my 91-year-old father, the son of immigrants. We are all in this together. It is so important right now, as truth is being assaulted not just in this country, but all over the world. Let us dig into the truth. Let us be fierce and dangerous about the truth. Let us find in that truth the strength to demand that truth from our government.”

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