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The Sentence: Louise Erdrich & Trevino Brings Plenty at Portland Book Festival

Sat, November 13 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm PST
Newmark Theatre

Book-inclusive Ticket

Louise Erdrich discusses her latest novel, The Sentence, in conversation with Trevino Brings Plenty. Purchase a copy of The Sentence, along with your in-person festival pass, to attend.

Erdrich will join the event virtually, broadcast via live video projection to the in-person audience at the Newmark Theatre. Your copy of the book will be available to pick up outside the Newmark Theatre on Saturday, November 13.

Note: this event will be played for the in-person audience within the Newmark Theatre only. No additional livestream or recording will be available. For questions, contact la@literary-arts.org .

More about The Sentence:
In this stunning and timely novel, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award–winning author Louise Erdrich creates a wickedly funny ghost story, a tale of passion, of a complex marriage, and of a woman’s relentless errors.

Louise Erdrich’s latest novel, The Sentence, asks what we owe to the living, the dead, to the reader and to the book. A small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store’s most annoying customer. Flora dies on All Souls’ Day, but she simply won’t leave the store. Tookie, who has landed a job selling books after years of incarceration that she survived by reading “with murderous attention,” must solve the mystery of this haunting while at the same time trying to understand all that occurs in Minneapolis during a year of grief, astonishment, isolation, and furious reckoning.

The Sentence begins on All Souls’ Day 2019 and ends on All Souls’ Day 2020. Its mystery and proliferating ghost stories during this one year propel a narrative as rich, emotional, and profound as anything Louise Erdrich has written.

TICKETS: Get your pass for our one day in-person Portland Book Festival on Saturday, November 13, 2021.

Virtual Portland Book Festival passes are sold separately.  Virtual events will be held November 8–12, 2021. Get your virtual pass here.

Please note: all attendees must provide proof of vaccination (OR negative COVID test within 72 hours of event) to attend.

Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, is the author of many novels as well as volumes of poetry, children’s books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novels include The Night Watchman, which won the Pulitzer Prize, The Round House, which won the National Book Award for Fiction, Love Medicine, and LaRose received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Her most recent book is The Sentence. Erdrich lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore.  A ghost lives in her creaky old house.
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Trevino L. Brings Plenty

Trevino L. Brings Plenty is a poet and musician who lives, works, and writes in Portland, OR. Trevino is an American and Native American; a Lakota Indian born on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, South Dakota, USA. Some of his work explores the American Indian identity in American culture and how it has through genealogical history affected indigenous peoples in the 21st century. He writes of urban Indian life; it’s his subject. His works include Wakpá Wanáǧi, Ghost River (2015); Real Indian Junk Jewelry (2012); and Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets (2008).


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