Our topic for August is Indigenous authors. I thought by 2019 that these would be easier to find, but to be honest, the lists that came up when I googled were much the same group of authors and titles. Still, it's a good place for me to start, but I really hope we get to see more Indigenous authors published soon.
Here are my top picks:
On every list was the work of Louise Erdrich. She wrote The Birchbark House series, The Round House, LaRose, Future Home of the Living God, and others, and I haven't read any of them. I own The Round House and think I'll give that a try first.
Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimerer - I've heard about this in lots of places, and it sounds like a really lovely meditation on nature, science, and how our lives connect (for those of you local to the Stanislaus county library, they have an e-book, audio, and print copy of this title available).
Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse - This book was a Hugo Award Finalist and Nebula Award Finalist, which is a pretty solid pair of accolades.
More resources to explore:
A list of children's and teens books from the Seattle Public Library
A list of 8 of the best books by Indigenous authors selected by the people at Kobo
A list of female Indigenous authors picked by The Strand to put on your list
From LitHub, 10 recommended reads by Indigenous authors
A long list from Goodreads of Native American female authors
20 Native American authors to read (you should know - this list includes Sherman Alexie who has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women)
25 books by Indigenous authors you should be reading
Book Riot has a great list of 6 novels by Indigenous authors that is relatively recent
Another list from Goodreads with children's books by First Nations/Indigenous authors
Do you have any recommendations to share? I would love to have them. Happy reading!
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