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Hot event–Sherman Alexie at the Free Library


I want to highly recommend this excellent event next week at the Free Library:

Sherman Alexie, a great writer and wonderful raconteur with a commanding stage presence, speaks next Tuesday at 7 pm. And it’s FREE, no ticket required!!

Alexie’s books describe life on the reservation with both devastating realism and poetic leaps into the void of spiritual wonder. His movie Smoke Signals is a netflix must if you haven’t seen it. The writer is political, lefty and uses reservation life to raise issues about what it means to be “other” in our pervasively uniform culture.

I saw Alexie in 2005 when he spoke at the Academy of Natural Sciences in a Lewis and Clark bicentennial event. The guy is a fabulous storyteller and, like a standup comedian, he paces the floor and delivers his anecdotes, quips and funny bits with grace and like he’s a born performer. Here’s my two posts on Alexie’s talk and two comments on it.

At the library he’ll be speaking about his new book Flight which time travels with a young Native American through the civil rights era, the battle of Little Big Horn and into contemporary times.

Sherman Alexie, Free Library, Montgomery Auditorium, Tuesday, June 5 7 PM. FREE.