An Evening with Oscar Hokeah, Debut Author of "Calling for a Blanket Dance"

Reading and Book Signing

On August 3 at 7 p.m., the Raven will welcome regionalist Native American author Oscar Hokeah for a reading and book signing of his debut novel, Calling for a Blanket Dance. After the reading, the audience will have a chance to talk to Hokeah about what it means to be a regionalist writer, how he set about composing his multigenerational tour-de-force, and what goes into translating his lived experiences of culture in Tahlequah and Lawton, Oklahoma to the page. 

This event is free and open to the public. Attendance at in-person Raven events requires face masks and proof of vaccination against Covid-19.


About the Book

A moving and deeply engaging debut novel about a young Native American man finding strength in his familial identity, from a stellar new voice in fiction.

Told in a series of voices, Calling for a Blanket Dance takes us into the life of Ever Geimausaddle through the multigenerational perspectives of his family as they face myriad obstacles. His father’s injury at the hands of corrupt police, his mother's struggle to hold on to her job and care for her husband, the constant resettlement of the family, and the legacy of centuries of injustice all intensify Ever’s bottled-up rage. Meanwhile, all of Ever’s relatives have ideas about who he is and who he should be. His Cherokee grandmother urges the family to move across Oklahoma to find security; his grandfather hopes to reunite him with his heritage through traditional gourd dances; his Kiowa cousin reminds him that he’s connected to an ancestral past. And once an adult, Ever must take the strength given to him by his relatives to save not only himself but also the next generation of family.

How will this young man visualize a place for himself when the world hasn’t given him a place to start with? Honest, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting, Calling for a Blanket Dance is the story of how Ever Geimausaddle found his way to home.


About the Author

Oscar Hokeah is a citizen of Cherokee Nation and the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma from his mother's side and has Mexican heritage through his father. He holds an MA in English with a concentration in Native American Literature from the University of Oklahoma, as well as a BFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), with a minor in Indigenous Liberal Studies. He is a recipient of the Truman Capote Scholarship Award through IAIA and is also a winner of the Native Writer Award through the Taos Summer Writers Conference. His short stories have been published in South Dakota Review, American Short Fiction, Yellow Medicine Review, Surreal South, and Red Ink Magazine. He works with Indian Child Welfare in Tahlequah.  

Learn more about Oscar Hokeah here.


 

Event date: 
Wednesday, August 3, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
809 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Calling for a Blanket Dance By Oscar Hokeah Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781643751474
Availability: This book is in stock at our warehouse and will be at the Raven within 3-5 Business Days, once they've shipped it to us.
Published: Algonquin Books - July 26th, 2022

"STUNNING." Susan Power, author of The Grass Dancer

A moving and deeply engaging debut novel about a young Native American man finding strength in his familial identity, from a stellar new voice in fiction.

Oscar Hokeah’s electric debut takes us into the life of Ever Geimausaddle, whose family—part Mexican, p


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