Noted Native American author Sherman Alexie is coming to Western! Specifically, to the VU Multipurpose Room on March 18, 2009. Alexie will be giving readings and answering questions at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. All Western students, faculty, and staff are welcome.
Alexie’s visit is the part of the Whatcom Reads experience (http://www.whatcomreads.org/), a new county-wide reading venture launched this year.
The title chosen is Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” Based on the author’s own experiences, Alexie’s book is about a Native American teenager living on the Spokane Indian reservation who takes the daring step of choosing to attend the public high school in the neighboring town. “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” won the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature and the 2008 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature, and is Alexie’s first novel for young adults. Although written for teens, this book has broad appeal and speaks universal truths that can be appreciated by all ages. The way the book takes on race and poverty is ripe for discussion, just the ticket to kick off what organizers expect to be an annual literary happening.
Other events associated with the book will also be offered. Stay tuned for more info!