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Author David Treuer will read from his recently released "Rez Life" Feb. 15 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Treuer to discuss 'Rez Life' Feb. 15 at library

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David Treuer, originally from the Bemidji area, will entertain audiences with readings from his recently released book, "Rez Life," and talk about his writing, stories and life as an Ojibwe at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Park Rapids Area Library.  

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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 Bush Foundation and 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.  His most recent release is Rez Life.

David 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 the Leech Lake Reservation. After graduating from high school he attended Princeton University where he wrote two senior theses -in anthropology and creative writing.

Treuer graduated in 1992 and published his first novel, "Little," in 1995. He received his PhD 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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