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April 17, 2001

Native America Author Reveals
His Secrets For Success

Critically acclaimed author, professor and producer Greg Sarris talks at California State University, Sacramento about cultural diversity and his latest novel at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 26 at the CSUS library.

Sarris has published several books, including Keeping Slug Woman Alive: A Holistic Approach to American Indian Texts and Grand Avenue, that he adapted for an HBO miniseries which was co-produced by Robert Redford.

In his most recent published novel, Watermelon Nights, Sarris weaves the voices of three generations of Native Americans living on a reservation in Santa Rosa to create an emotional tapestry. The book recounts the harsh history of the Pomo tribe, as well as the rich traditions, myths and dreams of the tribe, to illuminate the prejudices within the Native American culture.

Currently, he is working on two books about people of multicultural ancestry and developing a prime time television series about a small California Native American tribe operating a casino.

Sarris is an English professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and he also serves as chairman of his tribe, the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria.

For more information about this free event call (916) 278-5954. Media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS office of public affairs at (916) 278-6156.


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