Want to know how it feels to be banned?”
These are the questions that author Sherman Alexie, Spokane/Coeur d’Alene, suspects are on his readers’ minds, and at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time he will answer those and other queries in a discussion broadcast from Facebook’s media headquarters in New York City. The live Q&A will take place on May 11 at his Facebook page, according to a media release from Alexie.
“He’ll be discussing some of his early novels like Lone Ranger & Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and Reservation Blues, and will be taking questions from fans,” the release said.
Alexie is of course the author of the 2007 young-adult classic The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, which has been banned numerous times from schools and other institutions.
Alexie’s most recent work is Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories (Grove Atlantic, 2013). He has received numerous awards, including the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award, the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the 2001 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story and a Special Citation for the 1994 PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction. He also wrote and co-produced the 1998 movie Smoke Signals, and has penned numerous works of poetry, some of which was collected in Face (Hanging Loose Press, 2009).