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Sherman Alexie

In Defense of 'Depressing' Books

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 05.21.2015 | Books
The University of Central Florida Forum

As a creative writing instructor who assigns a lot of reading, I have at least a few introductory students each semester who complain about the material. It's not that it's too difficult or too dense. It's that it's too depressing. Reading the hard stuff can make you ache, but it can also feed you.

Without Reservations: Supporting Human Rights for Native Americans

Jack Healey | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

We think that times are good for American Indians in this country but we fail to look at the very real and very grave problems that actually persist across the lives of native peoples today.

The Men in This Collection Are Far From Perfect

Melanie Bishop | Posted 11.12.2014 | Books
Melanie Bishop

Eliot Treichel knows the interior landscape of a certain American male. With this debut collection, he earns a place next to writers like Rick Bass, Mark Richard, Brady Udall and Sherman Alexie.

Remember the Future: Hachette and Amazon

Michele Somerville | Posted 08.25.2014 | Books
Michele Somerville

Many fine poets never get paid, but I am a poet who occasionally does get paid, thanks to Amazon. That alone is not a good reason to take the side of Amazon in the current publishing conflict.

Idaho School District Bans Book About Native American Teenager

Reuters | Posted 06.04.2014 | Books

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho, April 4 (Reuters) - The largest school district in Idaho has banned from its curriculum an award-wi...

Banned Books Week at PEN

PEN American Center | Posted 11.20.2013 | Books
PEN American Center

Gay penguins, a superhero clad in briefs, vampires and witches, bondage -- next week is all about banned books here at PEN as we join librarians, booksellers, publishers and writers to celebrate the freedom to read.

Award-Winning YA Book Pulled From School Reading List After Parents Complain

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 08.10.2015 | Parents

An award-winning young adult novel that mentions masturbation was reportedly removed from the sixth-grade reading list of a New York City school after...

Banned Books List Revealed

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 04.15.2013 | Books

NEW YORK -- Here's a list "Fifty Shades of Grey" was destined to make: The books most likely to be removed from school and library shelves. On Mond...

"I Know a Lot More About Being White Than You Know About Being Indian."

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.10.2013 | Media
Bill Moyers

Writer Sherman Alexie, who was born on a Native American reservation, talks with me about feeling "lost and insignificant inside the larger culture," and how his culture's "lack of power" is very apparent in stereotypical sports mascots, like that of the Cleveland Indians.

A Belated 2012 Reading List: Some Favorite Titles

Steve Heilig | Posted 04.08.2013 | Books
Steve Heilig

This is something of a belated "best of year" list, although there are some older titles I only got to last year included. An eclectic list, modestly offered -- a bit heavy on books on music, but many others, and perhaps something will strike the interest of other readers.

Lonely and Laughing

Gazelle Emami | Posted 11.28.2012 | Books
Gazelle Emami

Don't go calling Sherman Alexie's stories universal. "When people say universal they mean white people get it," he argues. His assessment is even more damning when you consider his subject matter -- modern-day American Indians. If there's any group white people get, this is not it.

Writing Down the Grief

Lori Ungemah | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Lori Ungemah

I always openly address grief, dying, and grieving in my classroom. Between the many deaths in literature and the persistent grief and melancholia in poetry, it's a subject that weaves itself easily into an English class.

The Art of the Hand-Sell, Part I

Peter Brown Hoffmeister | Posted 07.18.2012 | Books
Peter Brown Hoffmeister

As long as bookstores exist, people will keep buying books because the person next to them puts it in their hands. Literally.

He Should Have Been There All Along: Let Us Remember What Democracy Is All About

Pam Allyn | Posted 04.28.2012 | Books
Pam Allyn

Are we really so uncertain and so unsure of how stable our society is that we would become this afraid to share the perspectives of those who have experienced feelings of isolation -- or loneliness in our society or who have a different story to tell?

World Book Night Giving Away 1 Million Free Books, Needs YOUR Help

Posted 12.14.2011 | Books

Ever heard of World Book Night? If not, you will. Because they want your help to give away free books. WBN first launched in the UK last year. It t...

Sherman Alexie On Why The Best Kids Books Are Written In Blood

WSJ | Sherman Alexie | Posted 08.10.2011 | Books

Recently, I was the surprise commencement speaker at the promotion ceremony for a Seattle alternative high school. I spoke to sixty students, who'd co...

Short Stories: "iStories" Originals For The iPad And iPhone By Sherman Alexie, Kay Eldredge, And Alan Ziegler

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Narrative Magazine: To celebrate our new iPhone and iPad application, which brings our entire literary library to readers' fingertips for free, we've ...

Sherman Alexie Wins PEN/Faulkner Award

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Sherman Alexie has won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation announced Tuesday morning. Alexie's 2009 novel, "War Dances," came out on t...

Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie Among Writers Featured At PEN World Voices Festival

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie and Sherman Alexie will be among the writers featured at the sixth annual PEN World Voices Festival of ...

PEN/Faulkner Award Nominees Announced: Alexie, Kingsolver Top The List

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — Sherman Alexie and Barbara Kingsolver are among this year's finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award. The nominees for the fiction prize...

Dancing With My Shelf: A Case For Book Soundtracks

Peter Bognanni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Peter Bognanni

As it turns out, authors have been playing around with this direct intersection of music and literature for quite some time.

iPad, I Am

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Thane Rosenbaum

For many people who live in Manhattan and make a living by putting words on paper, the iPad might one day be remembered as its own Manhattan Project

Top 10 Rock 'N Roll Novels

The Guardian | Tiffany Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"What is a 'rock'n'roll novel'? Rock'n'roll -- from Robert Johnson to Jack White -- is a coming-of-age sound that allows us to find ourselves, and may...

Miami Book Fair Going Strong This Week

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

All this week, Miami is celebrating the world of literature with its annual Book Fair. Running from November 8 - 15 and open to the public for a small...

Poetry Best Sellers Of 2009

Travis Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Travis Nichols

Every week, the Poetry Foundation compiles information from Nielsen Bookscan and puts together lists of the best selling books of poetry. Here are 2009's best selling books of contemporary poetry: