Film screening, community discussion to preview author's arrival

Jan. 19, 2013 at midnight
Updated Jan. 18, 2013 at 7:19 p.m.

A round-table discussion, film screening and short story contest are set to give the community a little taste of the Native-American author Sherman Alexie's humor and writing before his lecture at the Victoria College's Lyceum Series.

Lunch and door prizes will be provided at the round-table reading discussions at the college's student center faculty dining room.

In conjunction with the readings, the Victoria Public Library will also screen the film "Smoke Signals" prior to the lecture.

Submissions to a short story contest fitting the theme of Alexie's books will be accepted until 5 p.m. Jan. 28 and judged by representatives from the college, library and the Victoria Advocate.

The top three winners will have their stories featured in the Victoria Advocate and receive a signed copy of Alexie's "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven."

The college's students, faculty and staff can purchase the book at the college at the discounted rate of $5. The book is $15 for the public.

Alexie will be the third of four speakers of the 2012-13 VC Lyceum Lecture Series.

Alexie's topic, "Without Reservations: An Urban Indian's Comic, Poetic & Highly Irreverent Look at the World," is free and open to the public.

Alexie is a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian born and raised in the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Wash.

He wrote "The Business of Fancydancing" and "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven."

Alexie was named one of The New Yorker's 20 top writers for the 21st century. In addition to publishing numerous award-winning books, Alexie has also written, produced and directed several films that feature a humorous look at society and pop culture.

Alexie is the recipient of numerous literary and artistic awards.

He was a World Poetry Bout Association champion for four consecutive years and a guest editor of the literary journal "Ploughshares."

His short story "What You Pawn I Will Redeem" was selected by juror Ann Patchett as her favorite story for The O. Henry Prize Stories 2005, according to



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