Greg Sarris — Becoming Story - with Tanya Thrasher - at Conn Ave

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Saturday, April 9, 2022 - 5:00pm
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For the first time in more than twenty-five years, Greg Sarris--whose novels are esteemed alongside those of Louise Erdrich and Stephen Graham Jones--presents a book about his own life. In Becoming Story he asks: What does it mean to be truly connected to the place you call home--to walk where innumerable generations of your ancestors have walked? And what does it mean when you dedicate your life to making that connection even deeper? Moving between his childhood and the present day, Sarris creates a kaleidoscopic narrative about the forces that shaped his early years and his eventual work as a tribal leader. He considers the deep past, historical traumas, and possible futures of his homeland. His acclaimed storytelling skills are in top form here, and he charts his journey in prose that is humorous, searching, and profound.

Greg Sarris (Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo) is an accomplished author, university professor, and tribal leader serving his fifteenth consecutive term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. He is an award-winning author whose works have been adapted for stage and screen, including the HBO miniseries Grand Avenue, which he co-executive produced alongside Robert Redford. Sarris received his Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University where he was honored with the Walter Gore Award for excellence in teaching. He has taught Creative Writing, American, and American Indian literatures as UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, and Sonoma State. Sarris serves on the Board of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Sarris will be in conversation with Tanya Thrasher (Cherokee Nation) is the Publications Manager for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and Editor-in-Chief of American Indian Magazine. She is co-editor of The Land Has Memory: Indigenous Knowledge, Native Landscapes, and the National Museum of the American Indian.


5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Fiction & Poetry
Becoming Story: A Journey Among Seasons, Places, Trees, and Ancestors By Greg Sarris Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597145671
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Heyday Books - April 5th, 2022