Sold Out - SHERMAN ALEXIE at Town Hall
**This event is SOLD OUT**
Co-presented with TOWN HALL ARTS & CULTURE.
Twenty-five years (yes, it has been!) after giving his first solo reading at Elliott Bay, and with numerous memorable nights - and books prompting them in the years since, this night will surely be up there. There is no book any of us can recall that is ‘exactly’ like Sherman Alexie’s fierce, tender, audacious, soulful memoir, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (Little, Brown), which will have released the day before, June 13. This book is so beautiful, so powerful, in prose and in poems.
“Alexie is a consummate, unnerving, and funny storyteller, no matter what form his tales take. From his 13 poetry collections, including What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Earned (2014), to his many works of fiction, among them the children’s book, Thunder Boy Jr. (2016), and Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories (2012), Alexie’s writings are veined with autobiography and Native American life and history. He now presents his first all-out memoir, a profoundly candid union of prose and poetry catalyzed by the recent death of his Spokane Indian mother, Lillian, one of the last to speak their tribal language, a legendary quilter, and a fighter to the end. Alexie’s deeply delving remembrance expresses a snarl of conflicting emotions, ranging from anger to awe, and reveals many tragic dangers and traumas of reservation life, from the uranium dust generated by nearby mines, which caused Lillian’s lung cancer, to the malignant legacy of genocide: identity crises, poverty, alcoholism, and violence, especially rape, in which the “epically wounded . . . turned their rage” on each other. Alexie chronicles his own suffering as a boy born hydrocephalic and an adult diagnosed as bipolar, and tracks his flight from the rez and his life as a writer, pouring himself into every molten word. Courageous, anguished, grateful, and hilarious, this is an enlightening and resounding eulogy and self-portrait.” - Donna Seaman, Booklist.
A writer, a voice, a presence we are lucky - and grateful to have among us. $5 tickets are available at the door or in advance via www.townhallseattle.org (1.888.377.4510).