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Sherman Alexie: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Rockwell Museum supports all facets of Western-inspired art, including written pursuits. The Museum is currently highlighting the work of Sherman Alexie, a prolific Native American author, named one of The New Yorker’s Top 20 Writers of the 21st Century. Alexie will be presenting live at The Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium as part of a partnership between the Rockwell Museum and Corning Community College on Wednesday, February 5, at 7:30pm (details below).

A Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, Alexie grew up in Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation, and has been an urban Indian since 1994 (he lives in Seattle with his family).

His path to become a New York Times best-selling author and screenwriter has provided Alexie with a unique perspective, which he is reflected in his expressive stories.

He wrote and co-produced Smoke Signals, a 1998 Sundance Film Festival award-winner and has written 24 books of poetry and fiction.

Alexie’s first novel, Reservation Blues, won Booklist’s Editors Choice Award for Fiction. His second, Indian Killer, was a New York Times Notable Book. The Toughest Indian in the World won the 2001 PEN/Malamud Award, honoring excellence in the art of storytelling. Ten Little Indians was a national bestseller and Publishers Weekly Book of the Year.

His recent books include The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian—a 2007 National Book Award winner in Young People’s Literature; the novel Flight; and Face, a collection of poems.

Alexie wrote and produced the film, Smoke Signals, based on his book, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, which won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film festival. In 2002, he made his directorial debut with The Business of Fancydancing. He is currently working on a sequel to The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven titled Fire with Fire and a sequel to True Diary called The Magic and Tragic Year of My Broken Thumb.

His 24th book, What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Earned, a collection of poems, was released in November 2013.


Event Details
Enjoy a unique opportunity to enjoy a live lecture by Alexie (sponsored by Corning Community College the Rockwell Museum) at The Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium on Wednesday, February 5, at 7:30pm. This event is sponsored in part by Elmira Savings Bank.

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