SHERMAN ALEXIE @ Berkeley Arts & Letters
Sherman Alexie novelist, poet, film-maker and National Book Award winning young adult writer (for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian) has been dubbed a master of the short story. Since The Business of Fancy Dancing was published in 1991, each of his collections has been highly acclaimed. Now, in the new collection since the celebrated Ten Little Indians, Alexie once again propels his literary reputation as a bold writer who goes straight for the aorta, (The New York Times). War Dances is a diverse, tender, witty and soulful collections of poems and stories in which Alexie considers modern relationships from the most diverse angles.
With bright insight into the minds of artists, laborers, fathers, husbands, and sons, Alexie populates these stories with ordinary men on the brink of exceptional change. In the title story, a son remembers his father slowly dying a "natural Indian death" from alcohol and diabetes, just as he learns that he himself may have a brain tumor. In "The Ballad of Paul Nonetheless",Alexie dissects a vintage clothing store owner's failing marriage and his subsequent courtship of a Puma-clad stranger in various airports across the country. Other stories explore what happens when a politician's son commits a hate crime, how a young reporter learns his self-worth while writing obituaries and a writer's fateful confrontation of an adolescent during a house break-in.
Brazen and wise, humorous and passionate, War Dances takes us to the heart of what it means to be human. The new beginnings, successes, mistakes, and regrets that make up our daily lives are laid bare in this wide-ranging and provocative new work that is Alexie at the height of his powers.
If you haven't had the pleasure of attending a Sherman Alexie event before: be prepared for anything! (Please note, that despite the phenomenal success of Sherman's first young adult novel, this evening isn't meant for young teens.)
Berkeley Arts & Letters with KPFA @ First Congregational Oakland
2501 Harrison Street at 26th, Oakland (map here)
ÂÂÂ $12 advance ($6 students with ID advance**STUDENT TICKETS SOLD OUT**)/$15 door
First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison Street at 26th
Oakland, CA 94612
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