Described by The New York Times as “one of the major lyric voices of our time,” Sherman Alexie has become one of our culture’s most important storytellers. Whether in poetry, short fiction, the novel, or film, Alexie gives us story as our most essential ally—story as the best way we can make sense, use, and sometimes heal the absurdity and suffering in the world. His stories of contemporary American Indian life, laced with razorsharp humor, unsettling candor, and biting wit, give us reason to have the same faith in storytelling. Join us for a special evening filled with stories of Alexie’s own life and counsel for the storyteller in all of us.
Sherman Alexie has been named one of The New Yorker’s twenty top writers for the 21st century, and his work has received many awards, including the PEN/Hemingway award for his first story collection The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. His book Ten Little Indians was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the Year, and he received the National Book Award for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. His most recent collection of stories, Blasphemy, was named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus Reviews, The New York Times, and NPR.
This program is co-sponsored by The Stanford Storytelling Project and Stanford Continuing Studies.