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Author is Roy Acuff Chair

The author of 12 novels has been selected as the 2008 Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence.

Louise Erdrich will begin her appointment Aug. 25. She will remain as the Acuff Chair through Dec. 3.

During her appointment, Erdrich will give two public presentations. Her first reading and talk will be at 8 p.m., Sept. 10 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

For the second presentation, she will read from her new novel, The Plague of Doves, at 8 p.m., Nov. 13 in Clement Auditorium. A reception and book signing will follow both readings.
The author of 12 novels has been selected as the 2008 Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence.

Louise Erdrich will begin her appointment Aug. 25. She will remain as the Acuff Chair through Dec. 3.

During her appointment, Erdrich will give two public presentations. Her first reading and talk will be at 8 p.m., Sept. 10 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

For the second presentation, she will read from her new novel, “The Plague of Doves,” at 8 p.m., Nov. 13 in Clement Auditorium. A reception and book signing will follow both readings.

In addition to novels, Erdrich has written volumes of poetry, children's books and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel, “Love Medicine,” won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and “The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse” was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Her work will be the subject of two courses on the APSU campus, one at the undergraduate level and one at the graduate level. She will visit those classes to talk with students and the professors.

Also, Erdrich will visit creative writing workshops at APSU, again one at the graduate level and one at the undergraduate level, to discuss the students' work.

Although she will not be on campus the entire time of her appointment, she will work closely with the creative writing students via e-mail.

In addition, Student Life and Leadership is using Erdrich's “Love Medicine” for its fall book series.

Erdrich lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore. -- Melony A. Jones