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Young people’s author speaking at MSUM

Young people’s author Sherman Alexie will be speaking at Minnesota State University Moorhead Thursday. He has earned several awards for his ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a part-Time Indian’ book. SUBMITTED PHOTO

In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

After years of incorporating Alexie’s book, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” in the curriculum of classes on campus, Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Dragon Entertainment Group and Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Affirmative Action are pleased to announce Sherman Alexie’s presence on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in Hansen Theatre on campus. He will be giving a lecture based on his book.

Alexie has won numerous awards for his writing and was the winner of the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the 2008 Boston-Globe Horn Book Award, the 2009 International Book on Books for Young People Sweden – Peter Pan Prize, among various others.

Tickets are available at the MSUM Box Office by calling 218-477-2271, Monday through Friday, from noon to 4 p.m., or purchasing online at Tickets are $10. MSUM students, faculty and staff can reserve a free ticket with their MSUM ID.

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