Author plans to come after first cancellation
Editor, the Advocate:
Many Victoria residents were disappointed, as were I and fellow members on the Victoria College Lyceum committee when Sherman Alexie was forced to cancel his early February speaking engagement due to illness. Alexie, a poet and short story writer who is arguably in the pantheon of current American literary figures, has been rescheduled for Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Welder Center. Alexie is a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian (a term he prefers to Native American) who grew up on a reservation in eastern Washington State. As on most reservations in the U.S., poverty, alcoholism and abuse were his youthful companions. Overcoming the long odds of his childhood, not to mention a brain operation when he was 6 months old and a diagnosis of mental retardation, Alexie was the first in his family to attend college where he began his brilliant writing career. Since bursting on the scene in 1992 with a collection of poems and short stories "The Business of Fancydancing," he has been a prolific author for more than two decades. With numerous literary awards to his credit, he is also an award-winning filmmaker and comedian. He is widely anthologized and studied in English classes throughout the world (his works are translated into more than a dozen languages). While most of his fiction, poetry and film chronicle the experiences of Indians growing up on a reservation and suffering from the prejudices of an Anglo-dominated society as well as the social problems associated with poverty and epidemic alcoholism, his writing is infused with humor, often of the darkest kind. While the themes are dark, they are delivered in a uniquely comic tone with the message that humor is the best medicine for healing the soul. Alexie's lectures are widely acclaimed for their melding of hilarity and poignancy. Please plan to attend his free presentation Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Welder Center in downtown Victoria. Please note the change of venue and time from the original schedule. We hope to see you all there.
Dave Ticen, Chairman, Victoria College Lyceum, Victoria