Sherman Alexie: One Book One Philadelphia

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    [REBROADCAST] Two books by SHERMAN ALEXIE, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” and “War Dances” have been selected by the Free Library of Philadelphia as this year’s One Book One Philadelphia. A returning guest to Radio Times, Marty Moss-Coane interviewed the novelist, poet and film-maker about “War Dances” after its publication in 2009, which went on to win the 2010 PEN/Faulkner award for fiction. Alexie grew up on an Indian Reservation fifty miles north of Spokane Washington and “War Dances” is a collection of short stories filled with characters dealing with complex issues as wide reaching as a failed marriage, alcoholic death, hate crime, obituary writing and courtship. Alexie has received many awards including the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award, the O Henry Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the 2007 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature for “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.”

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