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LeAnne Howe booksigning

Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story

Thu, October 11, 2007 | Bookwoman

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

LeAnne Howe is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She is an American Indian author, playwright, and scholar. Born and educated in Oklahoma, she writes fiction, creative non-fiction, plays, poetry, and screenplays that primarily deal with American Indian experiences.

Howe's first novel, Shell Shaker (Aunt Lute Books), received an American Book Award in 2002 from the Before Columbus Foundation. The novel was a finalist for the 2003 Oklahoma Book Award, and awarded Wordcraft Circle Writer of the Year, 2002, Creative Prose. Equinoxes Rouge, the French translation, was the 2004 finalist for Prix Medici Estranger, one of France's top literary awards. Howe's other published works include Evidence of Red (Salt Publishing, UK, 2005), which won the 2006 Oklahoma Book Award.

Miko Kings, an Indian baseball novel set in Ada, Oklahoma in 1903 and 1969, will be published by Aunt Lute Books on September 20, 2007. The story centers on Hope Little Leader, the Choctaw pitcher who had the most contorted windup in Indian baseball history. Other characters are slugger Blip Bleen, catcher Batteries Goingsnake, first baseman Lucius Mummy, also known as ''the barrel,'' and Ezol Daggs, the Choctaw postal clerk in Indian Territory who tries to patent her Choctaw theory of relativity and inadvertently changes the course of history for the Indians and their baseball team. ''This is where the 'twentieth-century Indian' really begins,'' says Henri Daggs, ''not in the abstractions of Congressional Acts—but on the prairie diamond.''LeAnne Howe will be reading from and signing her new novel, Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story.

Speaker: LeAnne Howe(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

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