Authors Erika Wurth and Bill Hillmann will discuss their books Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend and The Old Neighborhood on Wednesday, October 8 at 4:00 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E. Minneapolis.
Wurth shares her Native American experiences in her semi-autobiographical novel Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend where she tells the story of a young Native American woman floundering in a Colorado town crippled by poverty, unemployment and drug abuse. Filled with complex characters overcoming and being overcome by the circumstances of their surroundings, this novel thoroughly shakes up cultural preconceptions of what it means to be Native American today.
Hillmann is an award-winning writer and storyteller by night and a union construction laborer by day, and author of the new novel The Old Neighborhood. Hillmann tells the story of Joe Walsh, the youngest in a large mixed-race family living in Chicago and his experience with gang violence. The Old Neighborhood is a sociological exploration of urban life that explores the great white flight from urban centers in America before the turn of the century, while simultaneously unveiling surprising insights into the origins of modern street gangs.
Wurth and Hillmann will sign copies of their books following the discussion. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, or to order a signed copy visit www.bookstore.umn.edu/genref/authors.html.