Oct 1, 2015, 7:00 pm


Salt Lake City

Wasatch Front Region


Marriott Library at the University of Utah
295 S 1500 E
Salt Lake City , UT 84112-0860
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Renowned novelist William T. Vollmann will read from his new book, The Dying Grass, as part of the Guest Writers Series in the Gould Auditorium of the Marriott Library.

The National Book Award winner takes readers inside the epic fighting retreat of the Nez Perce Indians. In this new installment in his acclaimed "Seven Dreams" series of novels examining the collisions between Native Americans and European colonizers, William T. Vollmann tells the story of the Nez Perce War, with flashbacks to the Civil War. Defrauded and intimidated at every turn, the Nez Perces finally went on the warpath in 1877, subjecting the U.S. Army to its greatest defeat since Little Big Horn as they fled from northeast Oregon across Montana to the Canadian border. Vollmann’s main character is not the legendary Chief Joseph, but his pursuer, General Oliver Otis Howard, the brave, shy, tormented, devoutly Christian Civil War veteran. In this novel, we see him as commander, father, son, husband, friend, and killer.

Teeming with many vivid characters on both sides of the conflict, and written in an original style in which the printed page works as a stage with multiple layers of foreground and background, The Dying Grass is another mesmerizing achievement from one of the most ambitious writers of our time.

William T. Vollmann is the author of eight novels, three collections of stories, a memoir, and Rising Up and Rising Down, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction. Vollmann’s writing has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Paris Review, Esquire, Conjunctions, Granta, and many other magazines. He lives in California.

This event is made possible by support from the Guest Writers Series, the Salt Lake Arts Council, Utah Humanities, and the English Department at the University of Utah.