Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Recent Reading: Sherman Alexie's Story Collection 'Ten Little Indians'

AltTulsa likes contemporary fiction writers, including those with an edge.

That explains our interest in Sherman Alexie and his short story collection, Ten Little Indians (Grove Press, 2003). Alexie, a Native American writer from the Pacific Northwest, is a gifted storyteller who displays a powerful intelligence.

The stories in Ten Little Indians are set in and around Seattle and feature many Spokane Indian characters who regularly defy stereotypes. The book's first story, "The Search Engine," follows the quest of a college student named Corliss who seeks out a mysterious and forgotten Native American poet.

Alexie's stories are intelligent, irreverent and sometimes heartbreaking. Get yourself a copy of Ten Little Indians and see if you agree.

As we have previously noted, 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.

Read him now and hear him in person when he speaks in April in T-town.