AT likes to keep abreast of contemporary American writers, which is why we spent a few hours recently with Sherman Alexie's 2007 novel, Flight.
It's a good read—an energetic and imaginative story about a troubled Native American boy in Seattle and his search for a stable and meaningful life. The first line of the novel gives you a hint of Alexie's protagonist: "Call me Zits," he says.
Alexie is a smart, fierce and funny writer whose work includes many volumes of poetry, fiction and screenplays. He is perhaps best known for the screenplay for Smoke Signals, a popular 1998 movie.
By the way, Alexie will be in Tulsa April 23 at 7 p.m. to talk about his writing. His visit, sponsored by the Tulsa Library Trust and American Indian Resource Center, will include a public talk and book signing.
The title of Alexie's talk is “The Business of Fancydancing: Poems, Stories, Punch Lines and Highly Biased Anecdotes.”
Check out (literally, at the Tulsa City County Library) Sherman Alexie's many books. He's the real deal.
Here are a few of Alexie's books we are recommending: Novels: Reservations Blues and Indian Killer; stories, Ten Little Indians, The Toughest Indian in the World and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.