Books for changing the world

February 8, 2020 at 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Politics and Prose

Yellow Earth: An Evening with John Sayles

A reading, discussion and Q&A with author, screenwriter, actor and feature film director, John Sayles. 

Politics and Prose

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States

(202) 364-1919


Join us for a book talk with filmmaker and author John Sayles who will discuss his latest book Yellow Earth.

In Yellow Earth, the site of Three Nations reservations on the banks of the Missouri River in North Dakota, Sayles introduces us to Harleigh Killdeer, chairman of the Tribal Business Council. “An activist in his way, a product of the Casino Era,” Kildeer, who is contracted by oil firm Case and Crosby, spearheads the new Three Nations Petroleum Company.

What follows, with characteristic lyrical dexterity, insight, and wit, introduces us to a memorable cast of characters, weaving together narratives of competing worlds through masterful storytelling.

Set shortly before Standing Rock would become a symbol of historic proportions of the brutal confrontation between native resistance and the forces of big business and law enforcement, the fate of Yellow Earth serves as a parable for our times.

“Densely textured, overtly political fifth novel, the acclaimed director and screenwriter recounts what happens when shale oil is discovered beneath an Indian reservation in the North Dakota badlands and crowds of outsiders descend.”
New York Times (New and Noteworthy)

Copies of the Yellow Earth will be available for sale and signing.