Posts Tagged: Sherman Alexie

Police Called on Teens Giving Away Banned Book

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After Sherman Alexie’s novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was banned by an Idaho school district, a crowdsourced funding effort bought a book for every kid in the local junior high school. Nearly all of the books were given away to students, reports Death and Taxes, but not before overly concerned parents called local police.

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Authors Try Their Hands at Bookselling for a Day

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Ever wonder what would happen if a bunch of well-known authors invaded your favorite indie bookstore?

This past weekend, patrons around the country saw it happen. Sherman Alexie’s “Indies First” project successfully launched with writers around the nation volunteering at local independent booksellers, meeting with readers, selling books, and, in the case of children’s book author Bob Shea, cleaning out bookstore refrigerators.

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Notable NYC: 11/2–11/8

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Saturday 11/2: Jim Tolan, Cecilia Woloch and Sean Thomas Dougherty read as part of Poetry Night, hosted by Tolan. BookCourt, 7pm, free.

Juliet Escoria, Sean H. Dolye, Andrew Worthington, Kendra Grant Malone, Stephen Tully Dierks. Worthington has a forthcoming novel, WALLS, due in 2014; Grant Malone has two collections of poetry, Everything is Quiet and Morocco; Dierks is editor of Pop Serial.

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Here’s Some Essays I Like

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A couple weeks ago, I linked to a bunch of very short stories — stories that were superbly written but that only took a few moments to read.

People seemed to like that, so today, I’m doing the same thing with essays:

“There is a hole in the ozone layer but they say not to worry though the sheep who bear unfiltered light have milky eyes.”  — At elimae, “Dark Energy” by A’Dora Phillips.

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Notable New York, This Week 4/26 – 5/2

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This week in New York the sixth annual PEN World Voices Festival (PWVF) opens its week-long celebration of international writing with such notable literary figures as Sherman Alexie, Claire Messud, Yiyun Li, Salman Rushdie and Lewis Lapham among others (Full Schedule Here), Agriculture Reader holds a launch party, the Dead or Alive exhibition opens at the Museum of Arts and Design, Gossip perform, Stephen Colbert helps celebrate the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird and the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) continues.

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Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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I love Philip Larkin’s “An Arundel Tomb.” He hated it. On a side note, I really love that the BBC is willing to spend 30 minutes on the story behind a single poem.

This is, I think, a good way to approach an online poetry journal–make it something other than a paper journal transferred onto a website.

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Notable New York, This Week 11/30 – 12/6

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This week in New York Cate Blanchett acts in A Streetcar Named Desire, John Ashbery and Paul Auster read, Mike Daisey monologizes, an n+1 panel discusses feminism and love, Sherman Alexie talks with Rick Moody, Samuel Beckett’s Letters get talked about, and Charles Burns and Adrian Tomine stand around, talk and sign books at The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival.

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Notable New York, This Week 10/26 – 11/1

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In New York this week, James Frey and Maira Kalman at the CLMP Spelling Bee, members of The National collaborate with visual artist Matthew Ritchie in The Long Count at BAM, Sherman Alexie and Chuck Klosterman read, Guernica Magazine turns 5, Performa 09 begins, Literary Death Match returns to New York, and Lawrence Weschler presents Halloween Wonder Cabinet.

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Margo Rabb: A Poem I Love

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It’s rare to find a poem that perfectly captures the anger, absurdity, complexity, and hilarity of grief—something which Sherman Alexie does again and again in his new collection of poems, FACE, which is just out from Hanging Loose Press, and which I devoured in one sitting, and then immediately started over and re-read from the beginning.

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