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Louise Erdrich’s THE PLAGUE OF DOVES and more…

Louise Erdrich
Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich says she worked on her latest work of fiction, A PLAGUE OF DOVES for nineteen years before publication. It was worth the wait. This week Francesca talks with Louise Erdrich and journalist Jeremy Scahill about his book, BLACKWATER: The Rise of the Worlds Most Powerful Mercenary Army.

In this masterful tale, Erdrich explores themes of violence, revenge, secrets, and the postponement of justice. The novel centers around a murder and lynching that occurred almost a century ago and how they reverberate through the generations of Native Americans and whites in a fictional town in a North Dakota reservation. It is both lyrical in its language and unsparing in its emotional truth. In our conversation, Erdrich talks about the historical, personal and contemporary wellsprings from which the book takes its inspiration.

If you’re interested in audio books, please check out Louise Erdrich’s The Red Convertible: Selected and New Stories, 1978-2008: Thalia Book Club.

We also air an archived interview with independent journalist Jeremy Scahill about his book, BLACKWATER: The Rise of the Worlds Most Powerful Mercenary Army. It’s just out in paperback from Nation Books.

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About Francesca Rheannon

Francesca Rheannon is an award-winning independent radio producer. In addition to hosting Writer's Voice, she's a freelance reporter for National Public Radio and its affiliates. Recipient of the prestigious Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award for reporting on substance abuse issues for her news series, VOICES OF HIV, produced for 88.5 WFCR public radio in western Massachusetts. She is also finishing a book on Provence (PROVINCE OF THE HEART) and working on a memoir of her father, THE ARGONAUTS.

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