Louise Erdrich was born in LittleFalls, Minnesota, in 1954, the eldest of seven children raised in Wahpeton, North Dakota, not far from the Turtle Mountain Reservation, where their mother was born. Her parents, of German-American and Ojibwe (Chippewa) descent, taught at the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) school. Erdrich attended Dartmouth College, graduating in 1976, after which she earned her M.A. degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. Since then she has written eight adult novels, one nonfiction book, three children's books, and two poetry collections. She received the National Book Critics Circle Award for her first novel, Love Medicine (1984), and she was a finalist for the National Book Award for The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse (2001). In addition, Erdrich's children's book The Birchbark House (1999), which she illustrated, was a finalist for the National Book Award for young people's literature. She also edited the 1993 edition of The Best American Short StoriesLess
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