Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Congratulations to Sherman Alexie

 (photo by Cory Gustason)

Sherman Alexie's War Dances has been awarded the
2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

The book is an inventive collection of poetry, short stories, and more.  The honor is well deserved.

""War Dances" taps every vein and nerve, every tissue, every issue that quickens the current blood-pulse: parenthood, divorce, broken links, sex, gender and racial conflict, substance abuse, medical neglect, 9/11, Official Narrative vs. What Really Happened, settler religion vs. native spirituality; marketing, shopping, and war, war, war. All the heartbreaking ways we don't live now--this is the caring, eye-opening beauty of this rollicking, bittersweet gem of a book." - Al Young, PEN/Faulkner judge

While most of Alexie's writings are geared toward an adult audience, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 2007, is an excellent YA novel (with considerable autobiographical elements) which is still on the New York Times Best Sellers List and has long been a highly recommended book at Little Shop of Stories.

I would also like to note that Mr. Alexie has taken a stand against electronic book readers, limiting the availability of his work on those devices.

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