Whale of a Tale

Chickasaw poet and novelist Linda Hogan, a Colorado native who grew up in Oklahoma and now teaches at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is a quintessential writer’s writer and thinker whose works often intermingle environmentalist concerns and respect for nature with historical Native American and feminist perspectives. It’s an effective combination (she’s won numerous awards and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her novel Mean Spirit), and one that shows up again in the pages of her newest novel, People of the Whale. A modern-day tale set among a fictional Washington-coast Indian tribe, the A’atsika people, it tells the story of an MIA Vietnam veteran who returns to his fisherwoman wife and a community desperately struggling to redefine its lost identity by undertaking a ceremonial whale hunt.

That’s just a taste. If your curiosity’s piqued, Hogan will read from and sign copies of People of the Whale tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street in Boulder. For details, go to www.boulderbookstore.com or call 303-447-2074.
Thu., Aug. 14, 2008

 
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