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Author Alexie to discuss Native American themes in his films, books

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Alexie Sherman

Author, poet and screenwriter Sherman Alexie will discuss his work at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the University Union, Silver Eagle Suite. A book signing will follow Alexieís presentation.

Alexieís novel, Flight, is UNT's One Book, One Community reading for 2010-11. Flight addresses themes of Native American culture and family dynamics. Freshmen were given a copy of Flight at orientation this fall, and it is part of the core curriculumís required freshman English class.

One Book, One Community is an annual project at UNT that focuses on a theme of general interest to students, faculty, staff, administration and the public.

Alexie has produced award-winning novels, poems, essays and films, including 1998ís Smoke Signals, a Sundance Film Festival winner shown on campus Sept. 29 as part of One Book, One Community activities.

Alexie, a Native American born in 1966 in Wellpinit, Wash., on the Spokane Reservation, was not expected to survive health problems or do well in school. However, he learned to read at age 3, left the reservation to complete high school and attended Gonzaga University. He received a bachelorís degree in American Studies from Washington State University.

Alexie received the Washington State Arts Commission Poetry Fellowship in 1991 and the National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship in 1992, then began producing award-winning novels, poems, essays and films.

Alexie received the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for War Dances, a collection of short stories and essays. His book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian won a 2007 National Book Award.

What: Sherman Alexie is a poet, screenwriter and the author of UNTís One Book, One Community selection, Flight.

When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28

Where: University Union Silver Eagle Suite

Cost: Tickets can be bought in the University Union Information Center, level 3.

  • $8 for general public
  • $4 for UNT faculty, staff and UNT Alumni Association
  • $5 for groups
  • Free for UNT students with ID

For more information, call 940-565-3805. Tickets can be bought in the University Union Information Center, level 3.

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