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Acclaimed Native American filmmaker and writer: Sherman Alexie to speak at LRU

Tue Mar 11 2014

HICKORY, N.C.— (Thursday, March 27, 2014 / Belk Centrum, 7 p.m.)

It takes a special kind of artist to find the humor, vitality and honor that continues to exist in the midst of oppression and poverty. Sherman Alexie is that kind of artist.

Alexie rose to national attention with his critically-acclaimed 1998 road movie “Smoke Signals,” based on his first collection of short stories, about two young Native American men who leave the reservation to set about a quest to collect a father’s ashes. He went on to publish novels, short stories and poetry, which convey life on a Native American reservation like the one where he grew up in Spokane, Wash.

His first novel, “Reservation Blues,” received an American Book Award. Prior to the novel’s publication Alexie was awarded a PEN/Hemingway Award for his short story collection “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven.” Recently, Alexie received a National Book Award for “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” a novel for young adults. He was also presented with the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for “War Dances,” a collection of short stories and poems.

A respected performer of his own poetry, Alexie has won several performance awards and continues to perform at poetry slams and festivals and other venues.

Content Advisory: Alexie is known to discuss topics containing mature themes during his public performances.

This event is open to the public, and free for all guests. No tickets or reservations are required.

Sponsors of the 2013-2014 Series include:  Crowne Plaza–Hickory, WFAE 90.7fm, Our State: North Carolina, the Hickory Public Library, the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, the United Arts Council of Catawba County, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, and the Catawba Valley Community Foundation.

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