Alexie concludes book project with Mondavi talk

By From page A6 | April 06, 2012

Sherman Alexie. Courtesy photo

Sherman Alexie. Courtesy photo

Author, poet and screenwriter Sherman Alexie will speak at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center. His reverie on coming-of-age, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” is the 2011-12 Campus Community Book Project book.

The book, written for a young adult audience, tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Alexie has been selected by The New Yorker as one of 20 top writers of the 21st century. His first novel, “Reservation Blues,” won Booklist’s Editor’s Choice Award for Fiction.

His Mondavi Center appearance comes under the title “The Partially True Story of the True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” Tickets are $20-$40 general, $10-$20 students, available at www.mondaviarts.org or (530) 754-2787.

Jeff Hudson

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