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All About The Round House with Joe Buenker (NEA Big Read Phoenix 2021)

All About The Round House with Joe Buenker

Date(s): Sunday, February 28, 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Phoenix MST
Presentation, Talk
Genre and Form(s): American Indian, Community, Indigenous, Novels
Cost: Free

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

About this Event

Context is everything. Whether you're already a few chapters in or you haven't even cracked open the book, join ASU Librarian and Louise Erdrich scholar Joe Buenker for a comprehensive introduction to The Round House on Sunday, Februray 28, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Phoenix MST on Zoom!

In addition to learning more about Louise Erdrich as an author and how the book was received, Buenker will show how characters from The Round House connect with the rest of Erdrich's work, with a special focus on federal laws, tribal treaties, and other key pieces of legislation that inform the text. (No spoilers.)

Ready to start reading? Borrow a copy of The Round House in print, digital, or audio formats through the Phoenix Public Library or enter the book giveaway at

Looking for more events? Find a book club, hear Native storytellers respond to The Round House on March 5, or view the full schedule for the NEA Big Read today at

About the Book

Riveting and suspenseful, Louise Erdrich’s The Round House is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction—at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture. Set on the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota during the late 1980s, The Round House tells the story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that forever transforms his family. Learn more about The Round House and find ways to get your copy of the book today at

About the Author

Joe Buenker graduated with a B.A. in English literature from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 1994 and a M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996. Joe has been reading, researching, and collecting Louise Erdrich books and memorabilia - as well as compiling a bibliography of writings by or about Erdrich since the early 1990s. Buenker has been employed as a librarian at Arizona State University since 2000.

About the NEA Big Read: Phoenix

This event is presented as part of the NEA Big Read: Phoenix, celebrating Indigenous literary arts and culture in the Valley with over 25 talks, workshops, performances, book clubs, art exhibits other virtual events inspired by The Round House by Louise Erdrich. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The NEA Big Read: Phoenix is presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University with additional support from Arizona Humanities, Phoenix Public Library, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities Division at ASU, and over 40 authors, performers, and community organizations. Find events, meet our partners, and start reading today at

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