WHO: Sherman Alexie
WHAT: Novelist, short story writer, playwright, poet, screenwriter, and WSU grad
WHEN: Born October 7, 1966
WHERE: Born in Wellpinit, Washington; currently resides in Seattle
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: "Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Native American is the school mascot."
Blasphemy: "A collection of thirty-one new and selected short stories by Native American author Sherman Alexie."
The Business of Fancydancing: "This collection of poems and stories was Alexie's first book."
Indian Killer: "A murderer, dubbed the Indian Killer, is stalking and scalping white men in Seattle, and John Smith, a Native American man who was adopted by a white couple at birth and who is slowly descending into madness due to his alienation from either the white or Indian culture, seems to be a likely suspect."
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven: "Contains a collection of twenty-four short stories that chronicle the daily life on a Native American Indian Reservation on Spokane, Washington."
Reservation Blues: "Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil in 1931, and was murdered seven years later. He reappears in 1992 on the Spokane Indian Reservation and meets Thomas Builds-the-Fire, who starts Coyote Springs, an all-Indian Catholic rock-and-roll band."
“Do you understand how amazing it is to hear that from an adult? Do you know how amazing it is to hear that from anybody? It's one of the simplest sentences in the world, just four words, but they're the four hugest words in the world when they're put together.
You can do it.” (from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian)
“What kind of life can you have in a house without books?” (Flight)
“I used to sleep with my books in piles all over my bed and sometimes they were the only thing keeping me warm and always the only thing keeping me alive. Books are the best and worst defense.” (The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven)