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June 19, 2007

Best-Selling Author Michael Blake To Speak June 25

During the 19th century, conflict between Native Americans and American settlers was at an all-time high. Western expansion was more than just cowboys and gun fights at the O.K. Corral—it was a movement marked by battles and bloodshed between immigrants coming to stake a claim and a people who had already done so.

Novelist, screenwriter and activist Michael Blake will discuss and sign his new book, "Indian Yell: The Heart of an American Insurgency," at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 25, in the West Dining Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by the Center for the Book and Friends of Libraries U.S.A., one of the center’s national reading promotion partners, the event is being held in conjunction with the American Library Association’s annual conference. The program, part of the center’s ongoing Books & Beyond author series, is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

In addition to presenting his new book, Blake will discuss his previous research about Native Americans, his novel "Dances With Wolves" (1988) and the subsequent award-winning film of the same name. He also will answer questions from the audience.

Blake has received widespread recognition for his writing, his work on behalf of minorities and animal protection and his promotion of patriotism. His honors include the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award, the Animal Protection Institute’s Humanitarian of the Year, the U.S. Air Force’s Americanism Award and the American Library Association’s Library Hero Award. In 1990, he won an Academy Award for the film adaptation of his novel "Dances With Wolves."

Further information about Friends of Libraries U.S.A. can be found at www.folusa.org.

The Center for the Book was established by law in 1977 to use the Library’s resources to promote books and reading. More information on its activities and partnership networks can be found at www.loc.gov/cfbook/.

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PR 07-134
06/19/07
ISSN 0731-3527

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