The UC Davis Campus Community Book Project is building toward a visit by author Sherman Alexie.
This year’s selection is “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” Alexie’s award-winning, semi-autobiographical novel. His visit on Wednesday, April 11, follow’s UCD’s 40th annual Powwow and Native American Culture Days.
“Part-Time Indian,” written for young adults, won the National Book Award in 2007.
Here’s a lineup of local Book Project activities:
* Sunday: Discussion, facilitated by Laura Sandage and Chris Beck, from 12:45 to 2 p.m. in the library at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road. The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by ARE Committee and the Anti-Racism Task Force. Light refreshments will be served, and bag lunches are welcome. RSVP to Kate Raymond at firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 753-2581, ext. 104.
* Monday: “Native American Education: A Brief History,” presentation by Melissa Johnson, program coordinator at the Cross Cultural Center, and Nicole Blalock Moore, department of Native American Studies. 12:10-1:30 p.m., Mee Room, Memorial Union.
* Tuesday, April 3: “Uneasy Remains: UC Davis and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act,” film (“Uneasy Remains”) and panel discussion, with graduate students Brook Colley and Cutcha Risling-Baldy, department of Native American studies; Christina Ortiz, International Agricultural Development; and Gina Caison, English. Noon to 1:30 p.m., 126 Voorhies Hall.
* Thursday, April 5: “Humor and Survival,” presentation by Karma Waltonen, lecturer, University Writing Program. 12:10-1:30 p.m., Mee Room, MU.
* Saturday, April 7: Powwow, The Pavilion at the Activities and Recreation Center. Doors open at 11 a.m. with grand entry at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
* Monday, April 9: “Reading Sherman Alexie from a Hemispheric Perspective: A View from the Andes,” presentation by Zoila Mendoza, professor, department of Native American Studies. 12:10-1 p.m., Mee Room, MU.
* Tuesday, April 10: “Smoke Signals” movie screening. Alexie based his screenplay on characters and stories in one of his collections: “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.” 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., First-Floor Library Instruction Room, Shields Library.
* Wednesday, April 11: “Written in Blood: Youth Voice, Survival and Censorship,” panel discussion with Alexie and others. 4-5 p.m., Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center.
* Wednesday, April 11: Author’s talk and book-signing, 8 p.m., Jackson Hall. For tickets, visit mondaviarts.org or call (866) 754-2787.