Louise Erdrich: Biography

Louise Erdrich

07 jun 1954

Louise Erdrich is an US writer of Native American heritage, whose books explore the culture, history, and experience of Native American people in the modern world. The author of fourteen novels, and a number of poetry collections and short stories, Louise Erdrich is a multiple award winning writer. Her most well-known novel, Plague of Doves, received the Ainsfield-Wolf Award in 2009, and, in the same year, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

In 2012, Louise Erdrich was awarded the National Book Award for The Round House, her most recent novel, and on 2015 Louise Erdrich received the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.

Born to a German-American father, and a half Chippewa Indian mother, Louise Erdrich grew up with Native American culture. Her grandfather, on her mother’s side, was the tribal chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians for many years. Louise Erdrich’s father encouraged her writing from an early age, paying her a nickel for very short story she completed.

Louise Erdrich has two sisters, hi are both writers of children’s fiction and essays. Louise Erdrich received a Master of Arts from John Hopkins university, and has also been given an honorary doctorate in Letters for her writing achievements. Married for several years, Louise Erdrich is the mother to six children, three of whom were adopted. Now divorced, Louise Erdrich lives in Minnesota, where she runs an independent bookstore called Birthmark Books. This store is associated with a small publishing house, and specialises in Native American literature and cultural works.