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Author, humorist to speak at Lyceum lecture

Feb. 3, 2013 at 4:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 1, 2013 at 8:02 p.m.


Author Sherman Alexie is slated to make an appearance at the Victoria Fine Arts Center at noon Thursday.

Alexie, a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian born and raised in the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Wash., will speak as part of Victoria College's 2012-13 Lyceum Lecture Series.

The author's sharp, humorous and down-to-earth writing is not confined by one spectrum and spreads across varying genres from dramatic, tear-jerking storytelling to imaginative science fiction.

Alexie's new book "Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories," released in early October last year, received rave reviews from newsprint publications across the country.

"He's the American Indian Kurt Vonnegut," said Victoria College English assistant professor Lisa DeVries. "His latest collection, 'Blasphemy,' is the most versatile by far, definitely moving into new territory here. Also, his poetry is probably the least read out of his body of work and probably some of the greatest American poetry being written today."

Alexie also has written "The Business of Fancydancing" and "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven."

The critically acclaimed 1998 film "Smoke Signals" was based on one of Alexie's short stories. He co-wrote the screenplay.

"Smoke Signals" will be screened at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Bronte Room of the Victoria Public Library, 302 N. Main St. The event is free and open to the public.

Alexie's topic at the Thursday's lecture is "Without Reservations: An Urban Indian's Comic, Poetic and Highly Irreverent Look at the World."

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