The University of New Mexico Institute for American Indian Research (IFAIR) host the third Indigenous Book Festival celebrating the work of 30 contemporary indigenous poets, novelists, scholars and writers, on Thursday, Feb. 20 and Friday, Feb. 21 in the Student Union Building on the UNM campus. The events are free and open to the public.

Highlighted events for the festival include Thursday’s 10 a.m. opening keynote address, “The Sovereignty of Critique,” by Audra Simpson, assistant professor of anthropology at Columbia University, and featured author readings by poet Maurice Kenny, and Carter Revard, professor emeritus, Washington University, at 3:30 p.m.

On Friday Feb. 21,  at 10 a.m., David Treuer presents, “Authenticity and the Written Word,”  and poet Craig Santos Perez (Chamoru) delivers the 12:15 p.m. luncheon keynote, “Beware of Falling Coconuts."

A few of the featured authors and their books include:

Mishuanan Goeman, “Mark My Words:  Native Women Mapping our Nations(University of Minnesota Press 2013 )

Lloyd L. Lee, Diné Perspectives: Reclaiming and Revitalizing Navajo Thoughts(University of Arizona Press May-2014)

Dian Million, “Therapeutic Nations:  Healing in the Age of Indigenous Human Rights” (University of Arizona Press 2013)

Audra Simpson, “Interruptus:  Political Life across the Borders of Settler States” (Duke University Press-May 2014)

UNM presenters: Luci Tapahonso Ph.D., Christine Sims Ph.D., Glenabah Martinez Ph.D., Jennifer Denetdale Ph.D., and Tiffany S. Lee Ph.D.

For a full schedule of events, click iFAIR