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Author Treuer to appear at Wadena library Feb. 17

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Critically acclaimed writer David Treuer, whose books include "Little," "The Hiawatha" and "The Translation of Dr. Appelles," will appear at the Wadena City Library Friday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m. to discuss and read from his latest book "Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life." In "Rez Life," Treuer offers a historical and contemporary look at life on the reservation.

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Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the 1996 Minnesota Book Award, and fellowships from the NEH, Bush Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He divides his time between his home on the Leech Lake Reservation and Ontario, Calif., where he teaches at the college level. He is the author of three novels and a book of criticism. His essays and stories have appeared in Esquire, TriQuarterly, The Washington Post, the LA Times, and Slate.com.

He is the younger brother of Anton Treuer, author and professor at Bemidji State University. The son of Robert Treuer, an Austrian Jew and holocaust survivor and Margaret Seelye Treuer, a tribal court judge, David Treuer grew up on Leech Lake Reservation. After graduating from high school he attended Princeton University where he wrote two senior theses -- one in anthropology and one in creative writing -- and where he worked with Toni Morrison, Paul Muldoon and Joanna Scott.

Treuer graduated in 1992 and published his first novel, "Little," in 1995. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology and published his second novel, "The Hiawatha," in 1999. His third novel, "The Translation of Dr Apelles," and a book of criticism, "Native American Fiction; A User's Manual," appeared in 2006. "The Translation of Dr. Apelles" was named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, Time Out, and City Pages.

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