Greg Sarris

Greg Sarris, author and current chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, will speak at  2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Santa Rosa Junior College.

Sarris’ appearance will be part of the college’s observance of November as Native American Heritage month. He’ll talk about his 1998 novel, “Watermelon Nights.”

A native of Santa Rosa, Sarris holds the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Endowed Chair in Native American Studies within the School of Arts and Humanities at Sonoma State University.

Sarris’ books include the essay collection “Keeping the Slug Woman Alive: A Holistic Approach to Indian Texts,” 1993, and “Grand Avenue,” 1994, an award-winning collection of short stories.

He later adapted “Grand Avenue” for an HBO miniseries of the same name, and served as co-executive producer with Robert Redford.

Two new books by Sarris are coming out this year: “How a Mountain Was Made,” a collection of children stories, and a novel.

The free lecture will be in the Bertolini Student Activities Center, Room 4608, on the Santa Rosa campus, 1501 Mendocino Ave.

Information:, (707) 527-4266.