“The story of Junior, a budding cartoonist who leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school. This heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written tale, coupled with poignant drawings that reflect the character’s art, is based on the author’s own experiences and chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he seems destined to live.” -from the Author’s web site
“So original…I laughed consistently from beginning to end.”
Amy Sedaris, actress, comedian
Where to pick up a copy of the book?
800 free copies have been purchased for the college community. You may pick-up a book during Opening Night, Tuesday Jan. 6. Additional copies will be available on Wednesday January 7 at the following locations:
12 noon – 1:30 p.m.
Science Center Atrium
10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sawyer Library (Circulation Desk and Research Help Desk)
Schow Science Library
About the Book and the Author
Author’s web site
Schedule of Events
A variety of events will take place during January 2009 including: book discussions, film showings, faculty discussion panels and a community read evening. For detailed information, visit the Williams Reads Events calendar.
Tuesday January 6, 7:00 p.m. – Paresky Baxter Hall
Opening Night — Community Reading
Pick-up your free copy of the book, participate in a community read while enjoying hot cocoa and cookies.
Wednesday January 7
Books available for pick-up:
12 noon – 1:30 p.m.: Paresky Center, Mission Park, Science Center Atrium
10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.: Sawyer Library, Schow Science Library
Friday January 9, 8:00 p.m. – Bronfman Auditorium (change of location)
Film showing: The Business of Fancy Dancing
Written and directed by Sherman Alexie.
FILM TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmnog4aZQnY
“POETIC. A touching and often funny tale — and a promising directing debut from a multitalented local treasure.”
–Moira MacDonald, The Seattle Times
“GREAT! The film is charged at every possible point by Alexie’s poetry. Alexie is a great writer and the film is able to transmit that greatness through the dialogue. The movie is not really a movie, nor is it a documentary, but a new medium to redistribute Alexie’s marvelous (and at times shocking) poetry.”
–Charles Mudede, The Stranger
More on the film
Monday January 12, 5:00 p.m. – Images Cinema
Film Showing: Smoke SignalsBased on Sherman Alexie’s collection of stories The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.
FILM TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-XJjwiQJGY
“Audience Award” and “Grand Jury Prize” nomination, 1998 Sundance Festival
“Best Film”, 1998 American Indian Film Festival
Wednesday January 14, 4:00 p.m. – Griffin 3
Williams Faculty Discuss The True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
With professors Vincent Schleitwiler (English), Guillaume Aubert (History) and Karen Swann (English).
Friday January 16, 12:00-1:00 p.m. – Hardy House Living Room
Community book discussion
Hosted by Wendy Raymond, Professor of Biology and Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity and Rob White, Director of Communications and author of the book Tribal Assets: The Birth of Native America.
Lunch sandwiches served. RSVP requested: Christine Ménard
Thursday January 22, 4:00-5:00 p.m. – The Log
Community book discussion
Discussion led by Lili Rodriguez, Associate Director of Admission, and Cindy La Rosa, sophomore and President of VISTA.
Cookies and snacks by the fire.
Questions or Suggestions, email Christine Ménard