sherman alexie square Sherman Alexie

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, a PEN/Hemingway Citation for Best First Fiction and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, Sherman Alexie is a poet, short story writer, novelist and performer. He has published 26 books including his recently released memoir “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” his first picture book “Thunder Boy Jr.” and his young adult novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” all from Little, Brown Books; “What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Earned,” a book of poetry from Hanging Loose Press; and “Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories” from Grove Press. He has also published the 20th anniversary edition of his classic book of stories, “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.” A Spokane/Couer d’Alene Indian, Alexie grew up in Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Alexie has been an urban Indian since 1994 and lives in Seattle with his family.

News and Reviews:

An absolutely true conversation with Sherman Alexie (St. Louis Magazine)
Sherman Alexie on not being “the kind of Indian that’s expected” (Buzzfeed)
Sherman Alexie recounts both love for and anger with his complicated mother (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Sherman Alexie says he’s been “Indian du jour” for a “very long day” (NPR)
Sherman Alexie and the tricky art of memoir (The New York Times)
O’s top 20 books to read this summer: “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” (

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