Celebrated Author Louise Erdrich to Visit IWU, ISU
October 5, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University will welcome esteemed author Louise
Erdrich on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall (1201 N. Park St., Bloomington).
She will speak as part of the eighth annual Ames/Milner Visiting Author Program, a
joint venture between The Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University and Milner
Library at Illinois State University.
Following is the schedule of the Ames/Milner Visiting Author program:
• 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Presentation followed by a question and answer session at Milner
Library (201 N. School St., Normal), Illinois State University
• 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Presentation in Westbrook Auditorium at Presser Hall (1210
N. Park St., Bloomington), Illinois Wesleyan University. A book signing will follow
in the John Wesley Powell Rotunda on the entry level of The Ames Library (#1 Ames
Plaza, Bloomington), Illinois Wesleyan University.
The author of 12 novels, as well as volumes of poetry, children’s books, and a memoir
on early motherhood, Erdrich is a prolific writer who has been compared to renowned
American authors such as William Faulkner.
Erdrich is famous for her series dubbed by some as the “Argus novels,” after the
fictional town in which they all take place. The books follow the stories of three
interrelated families over multiple generations from 1912 to the 1980s. An immediate
success, Erdrich won the National Book Critics Circle Award for best work of fiction
in 1984, as well as the Los Angeles Times award for best novel of 1984.
Also noted for her series of children’s novels, Erdrich wrote The Birchbark House in 1998, which deals with the lives of young Native-Americans during the time of
white encroachment. Like many of her other works, critics praised the series. Booklist contributor Hazel Rochman connected it to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie, calling it “a different version of a story they [the readers] thought they knew.”
Erdrich’s most recent novel, The Plague of Doves, has already received high acclaim. “With The Plague of Doves, she has written what is arguably her most ambitious – and in many ways, her most
deeply affecting work yet,” said The New York Times.
For additional information, contact Lynda Duke, IWU academic outreach librarian and
associate professor, at (309) 556-3220.
Contact: Kristin Fields, ’12, (309) 556-3181