Native American poet, author and screenwriter Sherman Alexie will deliver the lecture “Without Reservations: An Urban Indian’s Comic, Poetic and Highly Irreverent Look at the World” on Sunday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at Colby College. The event will be held in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union on the Waterville campus. It is open to the public and free of charge. A book signing will follow the lecture.
Alexie, a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Wash. He has published 16 books to date, including The Business of Fancydancing, a collection of poetry, which was named a 1992 Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review. His most recent collection of short stories, Ten Little Indians, is a finalist for the 2003 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Fiction. His novel Indian Killer was a 1996 New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The New Yorker has named Alexie one of the top 20 writers for the 21st century.
Alexie directed and wrote the screenplay for the 2002 film The Business of Fancydancing, which won several grand jury and audience awards at gay and lesbian film festivals. He also wrote the screenplay for the 1998 film Smoke Signals, which received the Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy and a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.
Alexie blends his experiences and creativity into thought-provoking, humorous and outrageous works of art, compelling his audiences to see the world for all of its pitfalls and its possibilities.
The lecture is sponsored by Four Winds, a Colby student group dedicated to Native American Indian cultures.