Brandon Hobson with David Heska Wanbli Weiden
Two of the finest younger writers to come along in recent years, Brandon Hobson, to be joined in conversation by David Heska Wanbli Weiden, give readers this evening occasioned by publication of Brandon Hobson’s new novel, The Removed (Ecco). An enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Brandon Hobson has written several books, his most recent previous novel, Where the Dead Sit Talking, being a 2018 National Book Award finalist.
“Brandon Hobson has given us a haunted work, full of voices old and new. It is about a family’s reckoning with loss and injustice, and it is about a people trying for the same. The journey of this family’s way home is full—in equal measure—of melancholy and love. The Removed is spirited, droll, and as quietly devastating as rain lifting from earth to sky.”—Tommy Orange.
“Astonishing. This moving and affecting novel tells the story of a Native family in crisis, each person dealing with the aftereffects of grief and trauma following the murder of a beloved son. But this is a book of hope and healing, a remarkable tale of resilience in the face of unimaginable pain. Written with lyrical and evocative prose and a deep reverence for Cherokee culture and tradition, The Removed is an important contribution to indigenous fiction and American literature.” -David Heska Wanbli Weiden.
Speaking of David Heska Wanbli Weiden, the Denver-based Sicangu Lakota Nation writer, lawyer, and professor is most recently the author of last summer’s well-received debut thriller, Winter Counts (Ecco).
"Winter Counts is both a propulsive crime novel and a wonderfully informative book. David Heska Wanbli Weiden has written the first of what I hope is a series of books about life on Rosebud Reservation. Virgil Wounded Horse, his nephew Nathan, and Marie Short Bear are more than characters; they brim with intrigue and authentic life." -Louise Erdrich.
Again, Tommy Orange: “Winter Counts is a marvel. It’s a thriller with a beating heart and jagged teeth. This book is a brilliant meditation on power and violence, and a testament to just how much a crime novel can achieve. Weiden is a powerful new voice. I couldn’t put it down.”
Co-presented by The Seattle Public Library and Elliott Bay Book Company.