Louise Erdrich

Author/owner
Birchbark Books

The Minneapolis-St. Paul area has a reputation as a literary center, and Erdrich has been one of its leading lights since her debut with 1984’s Love Medicine. Erdrich’s work focuses on American Indian themes; she is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. In 2012, Erdrich won the National Book Award for Fiction for The Round House; in 2014 she won both the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Erdrich also owns Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore in the Kenwood neighborhood of South Minneapolis. The store opened in 2001 and remains a community anchor.