Author and poet Sherman Alexie, named one of The New Yorker’s 20 top writers of the 21st century, will speak Thursday, April 4, at Washington State University’s Beasley Coliseum.Alexie, who grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation and graduated from Washington State University will present “Without Reservations: An Urban Indian’s Comic, Poetic and Highly Irreverent Look at the World” at 7:30 p.m.
Described by The New York Times Book Review as “one of the major lyric voices of our time” and by Men’s Journal as “the world’s first fast-talking and wisecracking mediagenic American-Indian superstar,” Alexie tells tales of contemporary American Indian life laced with razor-sharp humor, unsettling candor and biting wit. His fiction from “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” to “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian” have earned him honors including the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. His latest book, “Blasphemy,” is a collection of 15 new stories and 16 previously published works.
Alexie is working on a sequel to “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven,” which was made into the awardwinning film “Smoke Signals.” The sequel is titled “Fire with Fire.” He’s also writing a sequel to his book “True Diary” called “The Magic and Tragic Year of My Broken Thumb.”
Who: Sherman Alexie
When: 7:30 Thursday, April 4
Where: Beasley Coliseum, WSU
Cost: $20 general admission, $16 for seniors (age 60 and up); $12 for non-WSU students and youth; free for WSU students
(Tickets available at TicketsWest outlets, online, by calling (800)-325-7328 and at the Beasley Coliseum box office open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)