The Significance of the New Jersey Band’s Sound and Fury
The Multnomah County Library just announced the selection of two books by Sherman Alexie for their 2013 "Everybody Reads" program—the short story collection Ten Little Indians, for the grownups, and the YA National Book Award Winner The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian for the kids. (Grownups should read it too, though—it's great.)
This is great. I didn't love The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, the 2012 selection, but there's no faulting the choice of Alexie, who's one of the most important writers in our region, if not the country.
If you missed it, yesterday Think Out Loud broadcast an excellent town-hall style interview with Alexie. My favorite parts are when you can hear him trying—and occasionally failing—to refrain from making fun of his teenaged interlocutors.