Sierra Crane Murdoch - Yellow Bird

Event date: 
02/25/2020 - 6:30pm

Author Event
Sierra Crane Murdoch In Conversation with Michelle Nijhuis
Tues., Feb. 25th, 6:30pm at
Double Mountain Brewery

Waucoma Bookstore and Double Mountain Brewery are hosting an author event with local author Sierra Crane Murdoch in conversation with Michelle Nijhuis.  They will be discussing Murdoch's new book Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country.  The event will be on Tuesday, Feb. 25th at 6:30pm at Double Mountain Brewery (8 Fourth St., Hood River). 

About the Book

The gripping true story of a murder on an Indian reservation, and the unforgettable Arikara woman who becomes obsessed with solving it--an urgent work of literary journalism.

"I don't know a more complicated, original protagonist in literature than Lissa Yellow Bird, or a more dogged reporter in American journalism than Sierra Crane Murdoch."--William Finnegan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Barbarian Days

When Lissa Yellow Bird was released from prison in 2009, she found her home, the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, transformed by the Bakken oil boom. In her absence, the landscape had been altered beyond recognition, her tribal government swayed by corporate interests, and her community burdened by a surge in violence and addiction. Three years later, when Lissa learned that a young white oil worker, Kristopher "KC" Clarke, had disappeared from his reservation worksite, she became particularly concerned. No one knew where Clarke had gone, and few people were actively looking for him.

Yellow Bird traces Lissa's steps as she obsessively hunts for clues to Clarke's disappearance. She navigates two worlds--that of her own tribe, changed by its newfound wealth, and that of the non-Native oilmen, down on their luck, who have come to find work on the heels of the economic recession. Her pursuit of Clarke is also a pursuit of redemption, as Lissa atones for her own crimes and reckons with generations of trauma. Yellow Bird is an exquisitely written, masterfully reported story about a search for justice and a remarkable portrait of a complex woman who is smart, funny, eloquent, compassionate, and--when it serves her cause--manipulative. Drawing on eight years of immersive investigation, Sierra Crane Murdoch has produced a profound examination of the legacy of systematic violence inflicted on a tribal nation and a tale of extraordinary healing.

About the Author

Sierra Crane Murdoch, a journalist based in Hood River, has written for The Atlantic, The New Yorker online, Virginia Quarterly Review, Orion, and High Country News. She has held fellowships from Middlebury College and from the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a MacDowell Fellow.

White Salmon-based journalist Michelle Nijhuis, the interlocutor for this event, is an editor at The Atlantic and writes for The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and The New Yorker online. Her first book, Beloved Beasts, will be published by Norton in 2021. Michelle worked with Sierra at High Country News together in Colorado, before they both moved to the PNW.


Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399589157
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - February 25th, 2020

Event address: 
Double Mountain Brewery
8 Fourth St.
Hood River, OR 97031