The Turquoise Ledge

In conversation with Judith Freeman
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Episode Summary
One of the most gifted and best known Native American writers today offers this highly original self-portrait, steeped in Native American storytelling traditions, that weaves together family/personal memoir with an accounting of the creatures and landscapes that inform her vision of the world.

Participant(s) Bio
Leslie Marmon Silko was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1948 and grew up at the Pueblo of Laguna, located in west central New Mexico. She is the author of numerous books, including a book of essays-- Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit-and three novels, including Ceremony, Storyteller, and Almanac of the Dead. She has also written many short stories, poems, and essays. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship and an NEA fellowship.

Judith Freeman is a novelist and critic whose books include The Chinchilla Farm, Set For Life (winner of the Western Heritage Award), and Red Water (named one of the 100 best books of 2003 by the L.A. Times). Her non-fiction book, The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved, was chosen by Newsweek as one of the top ten books published in 2007. She is a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship in fiction and teaches in the Master of Professional Writing program at University of Southern California.