Sierra Crane Murdoch with Brooke Jarvis
Pacific Northwest-based journalist Sierra Crane Murdoch, whose work has appeared The Atlantic Monthly, Orion, High Country News, and The New Yorker online, among other places, is here with Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country (Random House), a first book that traces the story of a murder on Indigenous land involving oil - and Lissa Yellow Bird’s role in solving it.
“This book is a detective story, and a good one, that tells what happens when rootless greed collides with rooted culture. But it’s also a classic slice of American history, and a tale of resilience in the face of remarkable trauma. Sierra Crane Murdoch is a patient, careful, and brilliant chronicler of this moment in time, a new voice who will add much to our literature in the years ahead.”—Bill McKibben.
“In Yellow Bird, oilfield meets reservation, and readers meet a true-to-life Native sleuth unlike any in literature. Sierra Crane Murdoch takes a modest, ignored sort of American life and renders it large, with a murder mystery driving the action. It’s an empathetic, attentive account by a talented writer and listener.”—Ted Conover.
Sierra will appear in conversation with Seattle writer Brooke Jarvis.