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Photo caption: Sherman Alexie
Sherman Alexie to give the 2014 Common Read keynote address
BILLINGS, October 9, 2014 – Renowned author Sherman Alexie will give the 2014 Common Read keynote address on his 2007 novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, on October 23, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in RMC’s Fortin Education Center.
Alexie is a poet, short story writer, novelist, filmmaker, and performer. As a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene tribal member, Alexie grew up in Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation.
He has garnered high praise for his short stories and poems of contemporary Native American reservation life. He is the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, a PEN/Hemingway Citation for Best First Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. In 2013, he published the 20th anniversary edition of his The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. He also won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival for his film Smoke Signals, which he wrote and co-produced.
“I am exceptionally pleased to announce that Sherman Alexie has accepted our invitation,” said Stephen Germic, RMC’s associate professor of English. “Alexie is one of the premier writers in America today – he is one of the premier writers in the world.”
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is based on the author’s own experiences and chronicles the life of a Native American adolescent boy who attempts to break away from a life he was destined to live.