Friday, February 17, 2012
Award-winning author, poet and filmmaker Sherman Alexie will address issues raised by one of his books during a 7 p.m. Feb. 22 presentation in Ritsche Auditorium.
“The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” a coming-of-age, interracial comedy, is used as a common text for first-year students at St. Cloud State.
The book earned the National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 2007. It won the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Visit Alexie's website.
Among the best-known works by Alexie are "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven" (1994), a book of short stories and "Smoke Signals," a critically acclaimed film that helped launch the acting career of film and TV star Adam Beach.
Alexie, 45, writes predominantly about the experiences of American Indians. Born on a reservation in eastern Washington, he is of Spokane, Coeur d'Alene and Euro-American ancestry.
The title of his lecture is “Without Reservations: An Urban Indian's Comic, Poetic & Highly Irreverent Look at the World."
Public tickets are $5 at SCSUTickets.com. St. Cloud State students and employees are free with an SCSU ID.
Alexie's presenation is sponsored by these St. Cloud State entities: American Indian Center, First Year Experience and University Program Board (UPB).
For more information, call Catie Holker at 320-308-2205 or email UPB National Events.
Learn more about St. Cloud State's Common Reading Program.