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Author Sherman Alexie at a 2010 book signing in Alaska. PHOTO by ELLEN DAVIS


Sherman Alexie, who writes about American Indians with “irony and dark humor often buoyed by an exquisite sense of timing,” will read from his works this week in San Marcos and Kyle.

Alexie’s efforts include the short story and poem collection, “War Dances,” from Grove Press, and the poetry collection, “Face,” from Hanging Loose Press. “Smoke Signals,” a film he wrote and co-produced, won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

Commenting on “The Business of Fancydancing,” one of his earliest poetry collections, the Kenyon Review said Alexie “weaves a curiously soft-blended tapestry of humor, humility, pride and metaphysical provocation out of the hard realities…: the tin-shack lives, the alcohol dreams, the bad luck and burlesque disasters, and the self-destructive courage of his characters.”

Alexie won the PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction in 1994; the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story in 2001; the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 2007; and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2010.

Go there

The Wittliff Collections
Alkek Library, San Marcos | Map
2 p.m. Friday, April 4

Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center
508 W. Center St., Kyle | Map
7 p.m. Friday, April 4

The event is part of the Lindsey Literary Series and is sponsored by the Department of English at Texas State, the Burdine Johnson Foundation and the Wittliff Collections.

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