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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Another faculty radio appearance

Professor LeAnne Howe will appear this week-end on the show Studio 360 which appears on NPR station affiliates and Public Radio International stations. She’s discussing pop culture and "contact" with aliens in time for the premier of the film The Day the Earth Stood Still.

The show's mp3's are up.

LeAnne, currently an Associate Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the Univeristy of Illinois, is always worth listening to. And reading. Check out her terrific 2007 novel Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story. Here is a description of the book that I lifted from LeAnne's own blog:

'Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story is an homage to the dusty roads and wind-blown diamonds of America’s first moving picture about baseball, His Last Game. Just as Henri Day and his team, the Miko Kings, are poised to win the 1907 Twin Territories’ Pennant against their archrivals, the Seventh Cavalrymen from Fort Sill, pitcher Hope Little Leader finds himself embroiled in a plot that will destroy him and the Indian team. Only the town’s chimeric postal clerk, Ezol Day, understands the outcome of Hope’s last game and how it will affect Indians and baseball for the next four generations.

Set in Indian Territory that is about to become part of Oklahoma, Miko Kings tells of the turbulent days before statehood when white settlers and gamblers are swindling the Indians out of their land and what has already happened will change its course. “They’re stories that travel now as captured light in someone else’s telescope,” Ezol Day will tell the woman who should have been her granddaughter. In Miko Kings, LeAnne Howe bends the pitch of time to return us to the roots of a national game.'

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