Cherokee America by Margaret Verble (Historical Novel, 2019). Maud’s Line, Margaret Verble’s debut novel, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. I haven’t read that one, but I gather it was, like Cherokee America, a historical novel inspired in part by the novelist’s family history. As Verble explains in a 3-page Author’s Note after the book, Cherokee America‘s plot is entirely […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Cherokee America"
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer (Native American History, 2019). This book is Treuer’s response to the shortsighted and ultimately dead-wrong notion that the horrific 1890 massacre (or “battle”) of Wounded Knee was somehow the last word on the subject of the Native Americans. Back then, centuries of disease, war and dispossession had indeed […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee"
My story “Raven’s Last Trick,” a fable-like tale based on the mythology of the Haida Nation of Canada’s Queen Charlotte Island has been republished in an anthology of 40 very short fantasy stories (each designed for reading in a single sitting). Here’s the paperback book’s amusing cover art: At 2,000 words, my contribution is actually […]Read more "Story Published in New Anthology"
It All Falls Down by Sheena Kamal (Crime/Thriller, 2018). Canada’s disastrous 1950s-era policy of adopting out indigenous children to non-Native American (or as they say in Canada, First Nations) families provides the background for author Sheena Kamal’s novels revolving around Nora Watts. I missed the first of these, The Lost Ones, but this is the second and […]Read more "REVIEWED: It All Falls Down"
Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot (Memoir, 2018). Already a New York Times Bestseller, this powerful if slender volume is a memoir, though told in highly poetic and richly evocative prose. Ms. Mailhot is a Canadian-born member of the Salish People now living in the United States. She holds a M.F.A. in fiction from the Institute of […]Read more "REVIEWED: Heart Berries"
I’m happy to report that I’ve sold reprint rights for another of my older stories. The story is entitled “Raven’s Last Trick” and no, it’s NOT porn (mind out of the gutter, folks!). It’s a fairy tale-like thing based on Native American (or as the Canadians say First Nations) mythology. It tells of the Haida […]Read more "Mythic Fantasy Story SOLD, Again!"
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich (Dystopian Science Fiction Novel, 2017). This near-future novel from an award-winning/best-selling author is a dystopian nightmare. While it uses global climate change/warming as an apparent trigger for genetic changes that bring on the collapse of civilization, it can’t be classed as a ‘hard science’ novel per se. […]Read more "REVIEWED: Future Home of the Living God"
Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women by Marianne Monson. (Wild West History, 2016). The author of eight books for adults and children, Marianne Monson’s latest is a winning, respectful and fond (but never quite fawning) nonfiction account of the lives of a dozen wildly differing women (a couple still somewhat famous, others […]Read more "REVIEWED: Frontier Grit"
The Commodore by P.T. Deutermann. (Historical/War Novel, 2016). It’s 1942 and the US Navy is still frantically rebuilding its Pacific Fleet, less than a year after the attack on Pearl Harbor. For now, their Japanese opponents have the upper-hand with more experienced officers and crews, and from sheer numbers of major warships. And yet, America has […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Commodore"
The Apache Wars by Paul Andrew Hutton. (History Book, 2016). This meaty (500+ pages), well-researched (check out the rather massive bibliography) and very well-written volume focuses on the years 1861-1890 and all the key people on all sides of the epic struggle for control of the lands that became the states of Arizona and New Mexico. […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Apache Wars"