This year’s Indian Market Book Tent on the Plaza features readings by a number of noteworthy Native American writers. Cookbooks, historical fiction, modern poetry, and illustrated children’s books are just a few of the genres represented.
On Saturday, Aug. 21, Choctaw-Welsh poet Jim Barnes reads at 9 a.m., followed at 10 a.m. by Joy Harjo (Muscogee Creek), a literary performer who mixes storytelling, spoken word, and jazz saxophone in her lively stage readings. At 11 a.m., Navajo author Luci Tapahonso reads from one of her texts. Orlando White, a Diné writer whose work is inspired by imagist poetry and angular punk rock, takes the stage at noon. Changing tacks entirely, Walter Whitewater, a Navajo chef, speaks at 1 p.m. alongside Lois Ellen Frank, the author of Foods of the Southwest Indian
Nations. At 2 p.m. Lakota author Joseph M. Marshall III reads from his new book, To You We Shall Return: Lessons About Our Planet From the Lakota. Navajo photographer Don James — co-author of One
Nation One Year, a photo-documentary of the Navajo Nation — closes out the Saturday book tent events at 3 p.m.
On Sunday, Aug. 22, the program is shorter and focused on children’s books. Taos Pueblo illustrator Jonathan
Warm Day, the creator of Taos Pueblo:
Painted Stories speaks at 10 a.m. Author Gary Robinson and illustrator Jesse T. Hummingbird follow at 11 a.m. with a talk about their video storybook A Native American Night Before Christmas.
For more information, call Collected Works Bookstore at 988-4226.
Joseph M. Marshall III