Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sherman Alexie on the Colbert Report

Poet and novelist Sherman Alexie (or here)was on the Colbert Report last night. He was great, giving tit for tat, or tat for tit, whichever way you think is best. The folks here at Cinco Puntos are unabashed Sherman Alexie fans. He's fun to read, novels and poetry, Smoke Signals (one of my grandchildren's favorite movies) is a good movie (especially if you in your growing up, like me, had to wrestle with father ghosts), and he's one of those writers who has the wit and desire to reach beyond the choir when he's singing his song. Especially with the book mentioned in this episode of the Colbert Report--The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian for which he won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. It's important that writers of such stature, especially writers of color, are understanding that this is an important audience. And, as Sherman says, the people who are reading the YA novels have minds that are still open.

Besides, Sherman is a good guy. Enjoy.

And thanks to son Andy Byrd for sending along the link.

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