An Ojibwe mother and a Holocaust survivor father make for a lot of potential stories under one roof. Growing up on Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota, David Treuer was told many of them.
“Some people don’t like talking about the bad things that have happened to them, and some people can’t stop. My father was of the latter variety,” said the 46-year-old writer, speaking on the phone last week from Los Angeles while picking his children up from school, ahead of his appearances next week at Montreal’s Blue Metropolis literary festival. “As a kid, I was kind of annoyed to hear the same stories over and over. But he died a year ago, and now I would give anything to hear those stories again.