UAA Student Activities presents author, poet and screenwriter Sherman Alexie - March 4, 2019

by Kathleen McCoy  |   

Thursday, March 4, 7:30 p.m. Wendy Williamson Auditorium

Author, poet and screenwriter Sherman Alexie was named one of The New Yorker's 20 top writers for the 21st century. The New York Times Book Review described him as "one of the major lyric voices of our time."

His first novel, Reservation Blues, won Booklist's Editors Choice Award for Fiction. Indian Killer was a New York Times Notable Book. The Toughest Indian in the World won the 2001 PEN/Malamud Award, honoring excellence in the art of storytelling. Ten Little Indians was a 2003 national bestseller and Publishers Weekly Book of the Year.

His latest books include Flight, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a 2007 National Book Award winner in Young People's Literature, and Face, his first full collection of poems in nine years. His collection of short stories, War Dances, was released in fall 2009.

He wrote and produced the film, Smoke Signals, based on his book, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, which won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. In 2002 Alexie made his directorial debut with The Business of Fancydancing. He is currently working on a sequel to The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven entitled, Fire with Fire, and a sequel to True Diary entitled, The Magic and Tragic Year of My Broken Thumb.

Alexie's stories are driven by a haunting lyricism and naked candor that cut to the heart of the human experience. With his humorous, revealing and exuberant works of art, he compels audiences to see the world for all of its pitfalls and possibilities.

Call Student Activities at (907) 786-1213 for more information.

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