See Article History Alternative Titles: Sherman Joseph Alexie, Jr. He suffered from congenital hydrocephalus and underwent surgery when he was six months old.
Sherman Alexie talks to Sammy Mack about book fairs in an age of e-readers. He also talked about his young-adult audience — and what it means to author a banned book.
How is writing fiction for young adults different than the kinds of stories you wrote before " Flight " and before " The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian "?
It just worked out that way. I think the fact that "Flight" does get taught is great. But I never meant it to be that. Teens, young readers, are going to sniff condescension right away.
So I always go by the definition my editor has for young-adult literature: Young-adult literature is whatever a young adult happens to be reading at that moment.
What does that tell you? That I wrote a great book. I wrote the book that needs to be read. Which monsters are those?
What are the stories that you read as a kid that have stuck with you? Stephen King, who was always writing about underdogs, and bullied kids, and kids fighting back against overwhelming, often supernatural forces. The world aligned against them. As an Indian boy growing up on a reservation, I always identified with his protagonists.
Stephen King, fighting the monsters. You have children of your own, right?
Two boys, 16 and Those days are long over. They are free agents in the reading world. Their recommendations now come from their peers. I know my younger son has really been getting into John Greenwhich is great.
John Green is awesome. Kennedy assassination buff right now. He goes on the Internet to look for what he should be reading and then he asks me if I have that book.
I end up being a resource, a lending library rather than the librarian.On Sherman Alexie’s official website, Gabriel Packard is the associate director of Hunter College’s creative writing MFA program in New York City. Share This: Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Email.
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And if you're fourteen years old, like me, and you're still stuttering and lisping, then you become the biggest retard in the world. Everybody on the rez calls me a retard about twice a day.
Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school .
The Spanish Fork Press, July 22, "For many years there had been suspended from a smoke-stained beam a trophy of the early days he had spent on the shore of the vetconnexx.com was an Indian's scalp." "'You ask me why I keep that thing in the house?
Alexie transferred to Washington State University in and began writing poetry and short fiction. In Alexie’s work was published in Hanging Loose magazine, a success he has credited with giving him the incentive to quit drinking.