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Author Byron Graves Returns Home

"Rez Ball" Reading and Meet & Greet in Red Lake, MN

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Author Byron Graves makes a return trip to his hometown to share some insight on his long-awaited debut novel “Rez Ball“.


Article and photos by E. Jourdain, Jr.

Author and Red Lake Nation Member Byron Graves displays his gifted a Red Lake Nation College hoodie

Author Byron Graves displays his gifted Red Lake Nation College hoodie.


Graves stops in at the Red Lake Nation College on his brief book signing tour.

RLNC was one of three stops on his Minnesota portion of his book signing events. The other two were in Minneapolis and Bemidji.


In the early part of summer 2022 we got a taste of the writings from Byron Graves in the anthology “All Signs Point to Yes“. Just over a year from the “All Signs” release, we would finally get to indulge in the debut novel written by the Red Lake Nation, Redby, Minnesota Native.

“Rez Ball” was released on September 12th, 2023 via Heartdrum, an imprint of Harper Collins.

Author Byron Graves shares some insight about his debut novel

Author Byron Graves shares some insight about his debut novel.


Graves stopped by the Red Lake Nation College on September 14th to read the books first chapter to a packed commons area. Graves then answered questions from the audience before meeting with fans, friends and family alike. This event was not only a big moment for the author, but also for the entire community of the Red Lake Nation. The event was filled with smiles and pride.

Author Byron Graves with his siblings Matt and Liz.

Author Byron Graves with his siblings Matt and Liz.


REZ BALL: ‘These days, Tre Brun is happiest when he is playing basketball on the Red Lake Reservation high school team-even though he can’t help but be constantly gut-punched with memories of his big brother, Jaxon, who died in an accident. When Jaxon’s former teammates on the varsity team offer to take Tre under their wing, he sees this as his shot to represent his Ojibwe rez all the way to their first state championship. This is the first step toward his dream of playing in the NBA, no matter how much the odds are stacked against him. But stepping into his brother’s shoes as a star player means that Tre can’t mess up. Not on the court, not at school, and not with his new friend, gamer Khiana, who he is definitely not falling in love with. After decades of rez teams almost making it, Tre needs to take his team to state. Because if he can live up to Jaxon’s dreams, their story isn’t over yet. This book is published by Heartdrum, an imprint that publishes high-quality, contemporary stories about Indigenous young people in the United States and Canada.’ – booksource


Order “Rez Ball” at HarperCollins: Rez Ball by Byron Graves

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