Greg Sarris with Obi Kaufmann - Becoming Story (Corte Madera Store)

Greg Sarris
in conversation with Obi Kaufmann

Becoming Story

Corte Madera Store

Sun., April 3 2022 • 4:00pm PT

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A gently powerful memoir about deepening your relationship with your homeland

For the first time in more than twenty-five years, Greg Sarris -- whose novels are esteemed alongside those of Louise Erdrich and Stephen Graham Jones -- presents a book about his own life. In Becoming Story he asks: What does it mean to be truly connected to the place you call home -- to walk where innumerable generations of your ancestors have walked? And what does it mean when you dedicate your life to making that connection even deeper? Moving between his childhood and the present day, Sarris creates a kaleidoscopic narrative about the forces that shaped his early years and his eventual work as a tribal leader. He considers the deep past, historical traumas, and possible futures of his homeland. His acclaimed storytelling skills are in top form here, and he charts his journey in prose that is humorous, searching, and profound. A gently powerful memoir, Becoming Story is also a master class in the art of belonging to the place where you live.

Greg Sarris has published notable books, including; Keeping Slug Woman Alive: A Holistic Approach to American Indian Texts essays and Grand Avenue, to name a few. Greg is currently serving his fourteenth term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, his tribe which was formerly known as the Federated Coast Miwok. While working as a teaching assistant and doctoral candidate at Stanford, Greg was awarded the prestigious Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has worked as a full professor of English at UCLA, teaching American and Native American Literature, and Creative Writing. Greg has held the Graton Rancheria Endowed Chair in Writing and Native American Studies at Sonoma State University.

Obi Kaufmann is the author of The California Field Atlas (2017, #1 San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller), The State of Water: Understanding California’s Most Precious Natural Resource (2019), and The Forests of California: A California Field Atlas (2020), all published by Heyday. His next book, The Coasts of California, will be published in April 2022.


Greg Sarris photo courtesy of the author; Obi Kaufmann photo courtesy of the publisher


51 Tama Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Becoming Story: A Journey Among Seasons, Places, Trees, and Ancestors By Greg Sarris Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597145671
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Heyday Books - April 5th, 2022