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Panel discussion about Native American literature to be held April 20

From left, authors Danielle Geller (Navajo), David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Sicangu Lakota Nation) and Brandon Hobson (Cherokee Nation Tribe of Oklahoma).

The Los Angeles Times’ Festival of Books will hold a virtual panel discussion April 20 at 8 p.m. (ET) in honor of Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Pueblo), the 2020 Robert Kirsch Award winner.

Marmon Silko, an acclaimed essayist, novelist and poet, earned an American Book Award in 1980 for her novel “Ceremony.” She is recognized for being among the writers in the Native American Renaissance.

In recognition of her lifetime achievement in writing and the Kirsch honor, the festival will feature a panel of next generation of writers to discuss their works and 21st century Native literature. Panelists are Danielle Geller, author of “Dog Flowers,” Brandon Hobson, author of “The Removed,” and David Heska Wanbli Weiden, author of “Winter Counts.”

According to the Times, the Kirsch award “recognizes the body of work of a living author who resides in and/or whose work focuses on the West and whose contributions to American letters deserve special recognition.” Marmon Silko was honored in a virtual awards ceremony April 16.

Click here to register for the free program.

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