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Born 'Invisible:' Writer Sherman Alexie

Steve Scher
03/29/2007 at 9:00 a.m.

Sherman Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, WA. His family was very poor; "reservation poor" as he puts it. As a child he was an avid reader and a follower of Indian pop culture. As an adult, he is one of Washington's most prolific writers. He has been an advocate for keeping the Sonics in Seattle — and a vocal opponent of the Iraq war. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Alexie spoke in Everett, saying "I love my country like I love my family and friends — in spite of all its flaws, and sometimes because of them." We'll speak to him today about race, culture, and current events.

Sherman Alexie is the author of Reservation Blues, Indian Killer, The Toughest Indian in the World, and Ten Little Indians. He wrote and directed The Business of Fancydancing and also wrote the award—winning screenplay for Smoke Signals — a film based on his short story collection The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. His latest book, Flight, will be released in April. He is a member of the Spokane tribe.

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