During research for his masters thesis at the University of Oklahoma, Tingle met Choctaw elder Cecil Berry, a survivor of 30 years in a federal penitentiary. Berry’s true purpose was to share details of a crime spree that sent Clarence Carnes, his friend from boarding school, to Alcatraz Island—at the age of 19. Among the darkness and the rocks, Carnes performs one unforgettable act of goodness.
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Tim Tingle is an Oklahoma Choctaw and an award-winning author and storyteller. His great-great grandfather, John Carnes, walked the Trail of Tears in 1835, and his paternal grandmother attended a series of rigorous Indian boarding schools in the early 1900’s. In 1993, Tingle retraced the Trail of Tears to Choctaw homelands in Mississippi and began recording stories of tribal elders.
Tingle was a featured author and speaker at the 2014 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., based on critical acclaim for “How I Became a Ghost,” which won the 2014 American Indian Youth Literature Award. The next book in the series, “When A Ghost Talks, Listen,” will be released June 24, at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and June 26 at the American Library Association Conference in Orlando.
His first children’s book, “Crossing Bok Chitto,” garnered over twenty state and national awards, and was an Editor’s Choice in the New York Times Book Review. In June of 2011, Tingle spoke at the Library of Congress and presented his first performance at the Kennedy Center, in Washington, D.C. He received his Masters Degree in English Literature at the University of Oklahoma in 2003, with a focus on American Indian studies. While teaching writing courses and completing his thesis, “Choctaw Oral Literature,” Tingle wrote his first book, “Walking the Choctaw Road.” It was selected as Book of the Year in both Oklahoma and Alaska.
As a visiting author and performer, Tingle reaches audiences numbering over 200,000 annually. He has completed eight speaking tours for the U.S. Department of Defense, performing stories to children of military personnel stationed in Germany.
In February of 2016, his novel “House Of Purple Cedar” won the American Indian Youth Literature Award.
Learn more about Tim at http://www.timtingle.com/
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