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2017-18 Common Reading book: The Round House by Louise Erdrich

 Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for fiction

Louise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) has long been hailed as one of the most important writers in contemporary Native fiction, and The Round House is perhaps her most brilliantly realized narrative. Told from the perspective of a young adult narrator, with a great deal of humor and warmth, the book deals directly with questions of tribal sovereignty, federal Indian policy, sexual violence, social justice and individual accountability. The novel manages to broach horrific scenes of injustice with great delicacy, modeling a discourse that tackles the most searing questions of our time with empathy and hope.

This book contains experiences of physical and sexual violence. Please take care of yourself while reading it. If you want to talk to someone for support related to these topics see

A limited number of advance review copies are now available for faculty considering incorporating the book into their curriculum. Request a copy.

Curriculum resources will be added regularly to this website. Here are some to get you started:

Common Reading 2017-18: "The Round House" by Louise Erdrich from UO SOJC on Vimeo.

Louise Erdrich reads from The Round House

A brief introduction to the historical and legal issues at the heart of Erdrich’s book

How passage of Oregon Senate Bill 13 would change how Native history is taught in Oregon K-12 schools

Métis Residential and Day School Survivors Speak

Sapsik’ʷałá is the Sahaptin word for teacher and a project of the UO College of Education

“Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian” in UO Libraries Special Collections

About the Book

Sexual Violence in Native America

Native American in Oregon



Reading & Discussion Questions

Legacy of Colonization

Ojibwe Language, History, and Culture

  • The Ojibwe People’s Dictionary, a searchable, talking Ojibwe-English dictionary that features the voices of Ojibwe speakers and is a gateway into the Ojibwe collections at the Minnesota Historical Society
  • Indians of the Midwest, recent research of scholars providing new insights about the cultures and histories of Indian peoples in the Midwest. A project of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Newberry Library (Chicago)
  • A Guide to Understanding Ojibwe Treaty Rights, by the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission

UO Library Collections and Research Guides

Curriculum Resources for Educators

  • Honoring Tribal Legacies digital teaching resources developed by indigenous curriculum designers and allies. A project of UO, the National Park Service, and Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.