Sherman Alexie

Friday, February 17, 2012

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Book cover for "The Absolutely True Diary of Part-Time Indian," written by Sherman Alexie and published in 2007 by Little, Brown and Company.

Sherman Alexie, a nationally known author, poet and filmmaker, will present Feb. 22 at St. Cloud State. Book cover for  

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 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.

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