University of Redlands Campus Diversity and Inclusion, Native Student Programs and ASUR Convocations Lectures will host the Native American poet, novelist, performer and filmmaker Sherman Alexie. He is a gifted orator who tells tales of contemporary American Indian life laced with razor-sharp humor, unsettling candor and wit.
Author, poet and screenwriter Sherman Alexie was named one of The New Yorker’s
top 20 writers for the 21st
century. The New York Times Book Review
described him as “one of the major lyric voices of our time,” and Men’s Journal
called him “the world’s first fast-talking and wisecracking mediagenic American-Indian superstar.”
After growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington, a college professor recognized Alexie’s "intensity of language, passion and energy." A gifted orator, he tells tales of contemporary American Indian life laced with razor-sharp humor, unsettling candor and biting wit.
Alexie’s first novel, Reservation Blues, won Booklist’s Editors Choice Award for Fiction. His second, Indian Killer, was a New York Times Notable Book. The Toughest Indian in the World won the 2001 PEN/Malamud Award, honoring excellence in the art of storytelling. Ten Little Indians was a national bestseller andPublishers Weekly Book of the Year.
His recent books include: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - a 2007 National Book Award winner in Young People’s Literature; the novel Flight; and Face, a collection of poems. His 2009 book of short stories, War Dances, won the PEN Faulkner Award.
Alexie wrote and produced the film, Smoke Signals, based on his book, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, which won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. In 2002 he made his directorial debut with The Business of Fancydancing. He is currently working on a sequel to The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven titled Fire with Fire and a sequel to True Diary called The Magic and Tragic Year of My Broken Thumb.
Alexie received Washington State University's Highest Alumni Award, recognizing the importance of his Native American voice to a broad audience. He released Blasphemy, an anthology of new stories and beloved classics in October 2012. Shortly thereafter, Kirkus Review, The New York Times, and NPR all included Blasphemy in their lists of the top books of 2012.