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Monday, October 7, 2013

Happy Birthday, Sherman Alexie!

Alexie was born October 7, 1966.  His writing draws on his experiences as a Native American growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation and he currently lives in Seattle, Washington.
Some of his best known works are The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1993), a book of short stories, and Smoke Signals (1998), a film of his screenplay based on The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.
In 1996, Reservation Blues received one of the fifteen 1996 American Book Awards.  His first YA novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is semi-autobiographical and won the 2007 U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature. The audiobook, narrated by Alexie, won the Odyssey Award in 2008 for best audiobook for young adults. 
 His collection of short stories and poems, entitled War Dances, won the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.  Come in to the library today and check out some of these award-winning titles!


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