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Kickoff event on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 6 PM – 8 PM
at the Seneca-Allegany Casino Events Center in Salamanca

Lise Erdrich was born in Minnesota, lives in Wahpeton, North Dakota, and has worked in Indian health and education for more than twenty years.  A graduate of the University of North Dakota and of Minnesota State University-Mankato, she is the author of the children’s picture books Sacagawea and Bears Make Rock Soup.

Stories from Night Train, her first collection for adults, has received many awards including the Minnesota Monthly Tamarack Award, the Many Mountains Moving Flash Fiction Contest, and Best of Show at the North Dakota State Fair, where the story “Zanimoo” was exhibited between a pig and the pickles, jams, jellies and preserves.  Erdrich’s essays and stories have also appeared in several journals and anthologies, including: Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community, and Visit Teepee Town: Native Writings After the Detours.

Liselotte “Lise”  Erdrich, sister of Louise Erdrich will be our keynote speaker for our public kickoff event on Wednesday March 14, 2018 from 6 PM – 8 PM at the Seneca-Allegany Casino Events Center in Salamanca. There will be all sorts of wonderful food, including Native American specialties. This is free and open to the public!


Academic Keynote and Kickoff on Friday, April 13, 2018
at SUNY College at Fredonia & St. Bonaventure University

James Thomas Stevens, Aronhió:ta’s, (Akwesasne Mohawk) attended the Institute of American Indian Arts, Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodies Poetics, and Brown University’s graduate C.W. program. Stevens is the author of eight books of poetry, including, Combing the Snakes from His Hair, Mohawk/Samoa: Transmigrations, A Bridge Dead in the Water, The Mutual Life, Bulle/Chimere, and DisOrient, and has recently finished a new manuscript, The Golden Book. He is a 2000 Whiting Award recipient and teaches in the undergraduate and graduate Creative Writing Programs at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and lives in Cañoncito, New Mexico.

James Thomas Stevens will serve as our Academic Keynote and Kickoff Speaker at two venues! On Friday April 13, 2018 James will speak at SUNY College at Fredonia, The Garden at Daniel A. Reed Library from 10 AM – 11 AM, with a reception from 11 AM – 11:30 AM. Then he will travel to St. Bonaventure University, and speak at the Walsh Auditorium in the Walsh Science Center from 2 PM – 3 PM, with a reception being held from 3 PM – 3:30 PM.


  • The Round House will be available in the eBook and downloadable audiobook format in our OverDrive collection from March 1, 2018 – April 30, 2018. Simultaneous use has been granted for The Round House – no waiting lines for holds! We have an unlimited amount of copies.
  • Every local library in our system will have several copies of The Round House in print available to the public. Reserve your copy now! Also visit your local library for special book discussions and programming featuring The Round House!
  • Coming soon…Dates of book discussions and events at our member libraries will be posted on this webpage.