Dog Ear Publishing Presents Excellence Award to Margery Wolf’s Latest Book

Professor Margery’s Wolf’s passion for anthropology – and a desire to tell the story of a forgotten people from California – have led to her new novel achieving the Dog Ear Publishing Award of Literary Excellence.

Santa Rosa, CA, November 07, 2018 --( A passion for her work and everything she did served Margery Wolf well. Her latest book, “Coyote’s Land; A Novel Ethnography,” has received the Dog Ear Publishing Award of Literary Excellence. The award-winning book blends fact and fiction, weaving a story about an ancient people, the Coast Miwok, whose story has been lost in the mists of time.

The book’s clear writing, engaging story and innovative way of presenting ethnography were some of the reasons it earned the literary award.

“This is a unique book allowing the reader to walk in the footsteps of both the Coast Miwok and the woman studying their culture,” wrote Dog Ear Publishing editor, Angela Wade. “The author, Margery Wolf, not only knows her subjects well but feels for them, and that passion comes through in the emotional pull of the entire text.”

Dog Ear’s editorial team determines Award of Literary Excellence winners. The managing editor, editorial services manager and the publisher review its recommendations, and only a few books each year achieve the honor.

Wolf used her extensive experience in both research and ethnology in creating the work. She was professor of anthropology and women’s studies and chair of women’s studies at the University of Iowa from 1985 to 2001. She died in 2017.

Her husband, Mac Marshall, was happy to learn his wife’s latest novel had earned the award, as were her family and friends.

“I was very pleased, as I know she would have been,” he said. “I also was not surprised since she had authored numerous other books, and several of her anthropology books have won accolades over the years.”

“Coyote’s Land: A Novel Ethnography” was Wolf’s fourth novel. Her others are “The Orchards,” “What the Water Buffalo Wrought” and “Trouble at the U” (which also was released by Dog Ear Publishing.) Her other books include “The House of Lim: A Study of a Chinese Farm Family,” “Women and the Family in Rural Taiwan,” “Revolution Postponed: Women in Contemporary China,” and “A Thrice-Told Tale: Feminism, Postmodernism, and Ethnographic Responsibility.”

In her newest novel, Wolf presents a fictionalized account of the Coast Miwok who lived north of San Francisco Bay, with help from a time-traveling anthropologist from the 21st century. Charlotte Makee meets an elderly Coast Miowok curer in the hills of Marin County, California. The anthropologist wants to learn more about life there and is given her wish, traveling back and forth through time, until a dark cloud begins to taint the once-joyful experience.

Marshall said his wife was born and raised nearby in Santa Rosa, Calif., and wrote the book because she “wished to explain vividly the horrors visited upon the Coast Miwok people by contact with outsiders.”

In the book’s first chapter, Wolf explains her goals in writing the book, which was a bold move to convince fellow anthropologists “that there is a place in our discipline for creative writing” in certain instances when “linking the known with the what-might-have-been seems less problematic than doing nothing at all.”

In addition to showcasing Wolf’s "love for the land that Coyote’s People, the Coast Miwok, enjoyed for thousands of years" and simply telling a good story, Wolf confirms she wanted to shed light on what happened to the group of native Californians who had a good life until European settlers arrived.

She had a desire “to tell contemporary Californians about the quality of life led by the Coast Miwok and about some of the terrible events that took place when Franciscan priests were sent from Spain in the 1700s to save their souls,” she wrote. “Most of the priests were not evil men, but all – the good and the less good – ended up causing a disaster from which there was no recovery.”

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Coyote’s Land: A Novel Ethnography
Margery Wolf
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-6430-7 320 pages $15.95 US

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