Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009

See Sherman Alexie TONIGHT

Award-winning author at Boswell Books, 7 p.m.

By Ken Brosky
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The first time I read a Sherman Alexie book, I was in my second year of college. We were looking at his book, Indian Killer, which somehow managed to touch on about a hundred different topics at once. A professor with a sconce of Indian blood in his body writes half-baked Indian novels. An adopted Indian attempts to come to terms with his white parents while working on skyscrapers in downtown Seattle. A rabid anti-Indian radio host stoking racist flames. An Indian student confronting her university's approach to Native American studies. And of course a killer on the loose, who leaves behind ceremonial feathers.

I remember all that from memory, I kid you not. The reason? It was a fantastic novel. It encouraged me to pick up another of his short story collections (Ten Little Indians) and his recent award-winning book The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian.

Alexie's got a good sense of humor, a great writing style that's easy to get into, and he's worth seeing live. I missed the chance to see him speak while I was in college in Eau Claire, but I heard great things. I'm going tonight, and I encourage you to as well.

Where: Boswell Books

When: 7 p.m.

Why: Because he's a fantastic author


See you there!

Ken Brosky

(The photo I borrowed was taken by Rob Casey)

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