Greg Sarris at the Bay Area Book Festival

Saturday Apr 28 2018   10:00 AM
Bay Area Book Festival  Downtown - multiple venues, Berkeley, CA  map

Greg Sarris, author of How a Mountain Was Made, will appear at two events for the Bay Area Book Festival on Saturday, April 28:

Timeless Wisdom: Greg Sarris on Telling Tales and Native American Literary Tradition
10:00–11:15 a.m. | The Marsh | 2120 Allston Way | Berkeley, CA 94704
Greg Sarris wears many hats: award-winnning author, screenwriter, scholar, professor, and tribal chief of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. His latest book, How a Mountain Was Made, is a collection of stories inspired by traditional Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo creation tales; it celebrates the lore surrounding Sonoma Mountain. Timeless in wisdom and beauty, these fables are highly relevant to our times as they explore leadership, landscape, community, and responsibility to self and other. The Los Angeles Review of Books wrote, “Stunning…. Neither an arid anthropological text nor another pseudo-Indian as-told-to fabrication. Instead, Sarris has breathed new life into these ancient Northern California tales and legends.”
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Murder and Survival: The Remarkable Story of Indian Rebirth in the Wake of Genocide
with Benjamin Madley and Peter Cozzens
1:30–2:45 p.m. | The Brower Center | 2150 Allston Way | Berkeley, CA 94704
The attempted extermination of the indigenous peoples of California is a history too little known in its bloody details. But the story today also is one of cultural survival and renewal. How was this genocide uniquely carried out in California, and how have California Indians and their indigenous brethren managed to survive? Two eminent historians discuss the trauma visited upon Native tribes, and Greg Sarris, a tribal chairman and writer, describes the challenges and opportunities of the current moment, including remarkable Native activism.
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Greg Sarris

Greg Sarris is currently serving his thirteenth term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. He holds the Graton Rancheria Endowed Chair in Writing and Native American Studies at Sonoma State University, and his publications include Keeping Slug Woman Alive: A Holistic Approach to American Indian Texts (1993), Grand Avenue (1994), and Watermelon Nights (1999). Greg lives and works in Sonoma County. Visit his website at