Sherman Alexie

Our city's most famous writer won his first National Book Award for his young adult novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007). It's a coming-of-age tale with plenty of autobiographical import, about a Spokane kid who defies low expectations and social conditions to attend a white high school off the rez. It's obviously aimed at other bright young misfits (as Alexie once was), and it's illustrated by Seattle's Ellen Forney in an engaging cartoony style--as if scribbled on crumpled notepaper passed beneath school desks. BRIAN MILLER

Wed., April 29, 7 p.m., 2009

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