The Beadworkers

By Beth Piatote

Beth Piatote’s luminous debut collection opens with a feast, grounding its stories in the landscapes and lifeworlds of the Native Northwest, exploring the inventive and unforgettable pattern of Native American life in the contemporary world. Told with humor, subtlety, and spareness, the mixed–genre works of Beth Piatote’s first collection find unifying themes in the strength of kinship, the pulse of longing, and the language of return.

"Provocative . . . [A] richly layered debut short story collection . . . A collection that gives voice to what is so often left unsaid." — San Francisco Chronicle


Author Talk & Community Conversation

Read the book and join us this November, to celebrate Native American Heritage Month and Everybody Reads, for a discussion with Beth Piatote about her Everybody Reads selection, The Beadworkers. Listen to the Everybody Reads Podcast Bonus, with Beth's recent interview with Dan Owens, Library Director at Neill Public Library (Pullman). 

Until We Meet the Author

"Hope and heartbreak abound in this debut collection set among Native Americans in the northwest . . . Piatote balances the emotional complexities of her characters' lives with the political complexity of their relationship with an America all too eager to look away. A poignant and challenging look at the way the past and present collide."

- Kirkus Reviews


Beth Piatote


Beth Piatote is a writer and scholar. She is Nez Perce from Chief Joseph’s Band and is an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes. She holds a PhD from Stanford University and is currently an associate professor at UC Berkeley. She lives in the Bay Area with her two children.

Author photo © Kirsten Lara Getchell


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