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Greg Sarris Discusses Native American Literature at a World Streaming Book Festival

Who knows what COVID will do to in-person book festivals in 2022, but for those wanting an alternative experience, head to “Live literature around the world,” a streaming bonanza featuring the Bay Area’s own Greg Sarris.

The one-day event called on literary festivals from 12 countries to celebrate local authors and culture. Sarris takes last place with Cherilyn Parsons of the Bay Area Book Festival to discuss the ascendancy of Native American literature in the United States

A lifelong activist and leader — he’s president of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria — Sarris wrote extensively about Native American culture in “Grand Avenue,” which became an HBO production about tribal life around Santa Rosa, and the Wonderfully titled review of American Indian texts, “Keeping Slug Woman Alive.” Her next book, “Becoming Story: A Journey Among Seasons, Places, Trees and Ancestors,” examines her own life through the lens of history, from past traumas to future possibilities.

Folks browsing the 7-hour festival will find other thought-provoking gems, like how the novel ‘Dustfall’ emerged from a deadly asbestos disaster in Australia, and Norwegian Linn Ullmann discussing a book about suppressed memories, with live accompaniment from a musician known for yodeling and throat singing.

Details: Feb. 5, streaming from 5 a.m. to noon (Sarris speaks at 11 a.m.); full program and archived streams available at baybookfest.org/bergen2022.


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