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Author Sherman Alexie to Speak at Chesapeake College

One Maryland One Book tour comes to TPAC

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

WYE MILLS – The Maryland Humanities council brings the One Maryland One Book tour to Chesapeake College on Thursday, Sept. 22. Award-winning author Sherman Alexie will appear in the Todd Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Alexie’s book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, a National Book Award winner in 2007, is the 2011 One Maryland One Book selection. The book details the life of 14-year-old Arnold Spirit, a budding cartoonist living on the Spokane Indian reservation in Washington, as he attempts to break away from a seemingly inescapable future. Through his novel, Alexie tackles poverty, bullying, overcoming adversity and family struggles.

Also a poet and screenwriter, Alexie was named one of The New Yorker’s 20 top writers for the 21st Century. The New York Times Book Review described him as "one of the major lyric voices of our time." War Dances, a collection of Alexie’s short stories, won the 2009 PEN Faulkner Award.

Alexie will discuss his work, answer questions and sign books at the Chesapeake College event.

One Maryland One Book is Maryland’s statewide community reading project and a program of the Maryland Center for the Book. With support from Honorary Chairperson First Lady Katie O’Malley, the year-long project culminates with two months of free public programs that use literature to spur conversations on critical issues across the state. Libraries, educational institutions, community organizations, and cultural institutions partner with MHC to produce companion programming and book discussions during September and October.

Local sponsors include: Chesapeake College, Page Turners - Girls Who Read to Achieve, Cecile Welch, Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce, Talbot County Free Library, and Caroline County Free Library.

State-wide tour sponsors include: Bank of America, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Maryland State Department of Education, Constellation Energy, Verizon, M&T Bank, Barnes & Noble and Enoch Pratt Free Library.

For more information, please call 410-827-5860.

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