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Release Date: 11/12/2012

The Seattle Public Library celebrates Native American Heritage Month with Natalie Diaz and Sherman Alexie Nov. 28

Natalie Diaz and Sherman Alexie

Natalie Diaz and Sherman Alexie will read poems and stories and play basketball, a shared passion, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Seattle University, North Court, Connolly Center, 550 14th Ave.

 

Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Street parking is available nearby and in a Seattle University parking lot at 14th Avenue and East Jefferson. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Enter via the north entrance from East Cherry.

 

Diaz will read poems from her recent collection, "When My Brother Was an Aztec." Alexie will read stories from his latest book, "Blasphemy."

 

A Mojave and Pima tribe member, Diaz grew up in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, Calif. She was a star guard in basketball at Old Dominion University, playing on all-star teams, and played pro basketball in Europe and Asia. Following her basketball career, Diaz returned to Old Dominion to complete a master of fine arts degree in poetry and fiction, and work as director of a Mojave language revitalization program at the Fort Mojave Reservation.

 

Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. His books include "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," which earned National Book Award, and "War Dances," a collection of stories, essays, and poems that received the PEN/Faulkner Award. He lives in Seattle.

 

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and The Seattle Times. It is presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co., Copper Canyon Press, and Seattle University. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

 

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.


For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director
206-386-4103


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