Ron Querry

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Our guest this week is Ron Querry, internationally-acclaimed American author and member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. We’ll be talking about his novel, The Death of Bernadette Lefthand, reissued  in a 25th Anniversary edition by Cinco Puntos Press in November.

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Ron Querry

Ron Querry is an internationally-acclaimed, American author and member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Much of his work depicts the intersection of white and native worlds.

He is the author of two novels, The Death of Bernadette Lefthand (Cinco Puntos Press, 25th Anniversary Edition, 2018), winner of the 1993 Border Regional Library Association Southwest Book Award and the 1994 Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association Regional Book Award, and Bad Medicine (Bantam Books, 1998)both of which have been translated and published in French and German. Querry is also the author of the juvenile non-fiction work Discrimination: Native Americans Struggle for Equality, a memoir titled I See by My Get-Up, and a collection of works titled Growing Old at Willie Nelson’s Picnic and Other Sketches of Life in the Southwest. He has contributed numerous articles to newspapers and magazines.

Querry served in the Marine Corps during the 1960s and, after his term of service, studied English at the University of Oklahoma. He earned his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico in 1975.

Querry has taught and lectured at colleges and universities across the country and served as writer-in-residence at the University of Oklahoma and the Amerind Foundation in Arizona. He has taught and lectured at the Seminar in Native American Studies at Comune di Spello, Provincia di Prugia, Italy; Étonnants Voyageurs, Festival International du Livre, Saint-Malo, France; and at a chapter of PEN International in Mexico. In addition to being an accomplished author and scholar, Querry has also served as the Associate Dean of Education at the Penitentiary of New Mexico, as a rancher, horseshoer, and a racing official for the American Quarter Horse Association.

Querry lives in northern New Mexico with his wife–fine art photographer Elaine Querry.

Praise for The Death of Bernadette Lefthand (Cinco Puntos Press, 2018)

The Death of Bernadette Lefthand should rank among the classics of American fiction.” –Tony Hillerman

“This powerful, sad, and ultimately beautiful story deserves to be back on the bookshelves of American readers with its innovative, organic use of indigenous prose form and strong, lovely personalities.” –Kirkus Reviews

“A novel of crystalline brilliance that illuminates a fragile beauty.” –Steven L. Davis, Wittliff Collection Literary Curator

“In 100 years, someone will open The Death of Bernadette Lefthand and still be consumed by the wisdom, the different cultural beliefs between tribes, and sturuc that love and jealousy are the poles from which evil comes.” –Jo Ann Mapson, author of Blue Rodeo

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