Sherman Joseph Alexie, Jr. is a poet, writer, and filmmaker. Much of his writing draws on his experiences as a Native American with ancestry of several tribes, growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. His book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian is a first-person narrative by Native American teenager Arnold Spirit Jr., also known as "Junior", a 14-year-old budding cartoonist. The book is a bildungsroman, detailing Arnold's life on the Spokane Indian Reservation and his decision, upon encouragement from a reservation high school teacher, to go to an all-white public high school in the off-reservation town of Reardon, Washington.
During his visit Mr. Alexie will conduct a keynote presentation at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac on Thursday,April 30th.
• Dine with members of the Pokagon Band and invited guests followed by a book signing
• Conduct presentations at Dowagiac High School.