Alexie’s book, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” is this year’s Common Reading selection. Alexie will speak at Fenton Court and his appearance is free and open to the public.
Dr. Nicole Livengood, Associate Professor of English, has taught Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” in the past.
“It's almost deceptive because it is so much fun! However, in between the fun is a lot of food for thought about identity, race and class privilege, and how the past influences the present and future,” Livengood said. “My students have liked it because it makes them laugh while making them think.”
Alexie has been named one of The New Yorker’s 20 top writers for the 21st century, and his work has received many awards, including the PEN/Hemingway award for his first story collection — “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.” His book “Ten Little Indians” was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the Year, and he received the National Book Award for “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.”
Alexie wrote and produced the film, “Smoke Signals,” based on his book, “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.” The film won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film festival. In 2002, Alexie made his directorial debut with “The Business of Fancydancing.”
Raised on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Wash., Alexie is known for his exceptional humor and performance ability. He’s been featured on “Politically Incorrect,” “60 Minutes II” and “NOW with Bill Moyers.”