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 writers writer and thinker whose works often intermingle environmentalist concerns and respect for nature with historical Native American and feminist perspectives. Its an effective combination (shes 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 Aatsika 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.
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Thats just a taste. If your curiositys 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