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Author of the 2011 One Maryland One Book to Speak at Goucher

Release date: September 21, 2011

The Kratz Center for Creative Writing presents a reading by award-winning Native American author, poet, and filmmaker Sherman Alexie on Wednesday, September 21, at 8 p.m.  in Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium. Alexie will read from his works, answer questions, and sign copies of his books. There will also be an informal meet-and-greet beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Siebert Curriculum Resource Center of the Athenaeum.

Alexie's works include 22 books-among them PEN Hemingway Special Citation winner The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1993), 2007 National Book Award for Young People's Literature winner The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and 2010 PEN Faulkner Award winner War Dances. Alexie is also the recipient of a Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Writer's Award, the Stranger Genius Award, a Boston Globe Horn Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the PEN Malamud Award for Excellence in the Art of the Short Story.

In addition to his literary repertoire, Alexie wrote and co-produced the film Smoke Signals, which won the Audience Award and Filmmakers' Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

Born on a Spokane Reservation in Wellpinit, WA, Alexie draws upon his own experiences as a Native American both on and off the reservation and uses his work to reflect upon the economic and social issues typically characteristic of reservation life today. Through his writing, Alexie showcases the struggles and obstacles- as well as the legacy and culture- of Native Americans, but the messages and themes expressed in his stories and poetry are universal. 

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved in advance at www.goucher.edu/tickets.