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"Big Read" prescribes Erdrich's "Love Medicine"

Medicine This year's "Big Read" choice goes back to the beginning - the beginning, that is, of Louise Erdrich's fascinating career. The Florida Center for the Literary Arts and the Miami-Dade Public Library System have chosen Erdrich's first novel Love Medicine as its selection for the national reading initiative and invite the public to read the book in October and November and then participate in a related series of movies, discussions and other events.

The novel, told in stories, opens Erdrich's lifelong exploration of two Chippewa families in North Dakota, the Kashpaws and the Lamartines  (there's good reason for the many comparisons she draws to William Faulkner and his works). It's one of her best (my second favorite after The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse), and a terrific introduction to her books.

The events start on Oct. 20 with a screening at the Bill Cosford Cinema of Coming to Light, which examines the life of photographer Edward Curtis, famous for his portraits of Native Americans.

Events continue through November. For a complete list of events, click here.

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