Author Sherman Alexie to discuss his work as part of UNT lecture series

Thursday, October 21, 2010

What: Author, poet and screenwriter Sherman Alexie discusses his work and signs copies of his books as part of the University of North Texas' Distinguished Lecture Series and One Book, One Community program.

When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 (Thursday)

Where: Silver Eagle Suite of UNT's University Union, which is located one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets (1155 Union Circle)

Cost: $8 general admission; $5 for groups; $4 for UNT alumni, faculty and staff members. UNT students will each receive two free tickets by showing their student identification. Tickets can be purchased at the information center on the third floor of the University Union, or can be reserved by calling 940-565-3805.

Contact: UNT Distinguished Lecture Series at 940-565-3805.

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- In Flight, author Sherman Alexie's 2007 novel, the 15-year-old son of an American Indian father and Irish mother learns about love and forgiveness, and begins to embrace his latest foster parents as his "real" family, after experiencing the lives of others from different eras through time travel.

Alexie will discuss Flight and his other works Oct. 28 (Thursday) at the University of North Texas as the first speaker for the 2010-11 academic year in the university's Distinguished Lecture Series. His visit to campus is also part of One Book, One Community, UNT's annual yearlong reading and discussion program that focuses on a chosen theme and a book that reflects that theme.   

All freshmen were provided with free copies of Flight during summer orientation, and the book is being discussed in Freshman Seminar, UCRS 1000, which students may use to fulfill core curriculum requirements for bachelor's degrees.

Alexie's lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Eagle Suite of UNT's University Union, which is located one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets at 1155 Union Circle. He will sign copies of his books following his speech.

Individual tickets for the event cost $8 for the general public, with a discount of $3 given to individuals who will attend as part of a large group. Tickets for UNT alumni and faculty and staff members are $4, and UNT students will each receive two free tickets if they show their student identification.

Tickets may be purchased at the information center on the third floor of the University Union, or may be reserved by calling 940-565-3805.

Alexie, who grew up poor on the Spokane Indian Reservation in eastern Washington State, inserts many of his experiences as a Native American into his writing. Two of his best-known works are The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, a book of short stories that Alexie published in 1994, and his screenplay for the 1998 film Smoke Signals, which he adapted from a short story in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. Smoke Signals, a Sundance Film Festival winner, was shown at UNT last month as part of One Book, One Community.

Alexie is also the author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, an autobiographical young adult novel that became his first major commercial success after it was published in 2007. The book received a National Book Award. Alexie's latest book is War Dances, a collection of short stories and poems that received the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

A graduate of Washington State University, Alexie is the recipient of numerous other awards and has received two alumni awards from his alma mater. He also has honorary degrees from Seattle University and Columbia College in Chicago.  

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

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