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writer from the United Stateswd:Q442679
country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: American English
educated at: Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins University
occupation: poet, writer, novelist, children's writer, short story writer
award received: Guggenheim Fellowship, National Book Award, American Book Awards, National Book Award for Fiction, Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, Heartland Prize, O. Henry Award, Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction, Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction
Louise Erdrich ( ER-drik; born Karen Louise Erdrich, June 7, 1954) is an American author, writer of novels, poetry, and children's books featuring Native American characters and settings. She is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, a federally recognized tribe of the Anishinaabe (also known as Ojibwe and Chippewa).Erdrich is widely acclaimed as one of the most significant writers of the second wave of the Native American Renaissance. In 2009, her novel The Plague of Doves was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and received an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. In November 2012, she received the National Book Award for Fiction for her novel The Round House. She was awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction at the National Book Festival in September 2015. She is a 2013 recipient of the Alex Awards. She was married to author Michael Dorris and the two collaborated on a number of works. The couple separated in 1995.
She is also the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore in Minneapolis that focuses on Native American literature and the Native community in the Twin Cities.She has written 28 books in all, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children's books; and most recently historical fiction - from the seventies to 2020 with publication of The Night Watchman.
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