Thursday, June 21, 2007
Sherman Alexie IS f-in funny (He's also not yet rated)
Sherman Alexie didn't read a damn thing out of his new novel, Flight, but it was worth every damn penny of the thirteen dollars and fifty cents to get it and hear him tell stories. He basically just talked about the first stop on his book tour, Norfolk, but he weaved in so much backstory flawlessly. The transitions! He held us captivated. This was his last stop on the book tour, and it was at a movie theatre. He was pretty psyched that his name was below Ocean 13. I found it amusing he was NR (not rated). He also was gracious enough to sign all 4 of my books of his. One of which he noticed was in fact a library book. No, Mr. Alexie I did not steal it, but I cannot verify that the party I purchased it from did not. He signed it to the "book thief." One of my others ones, the copy of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven that I bought in New Mexico and read on the plane ride home, had proof of that origin in it's very pages. It still had a South West Airlines napkin in it! "You kept the napkin!" He seemed surprised at this. "Well it makes a good book mark" I wasn't sure how to respond. He signed that one "She kept the napkin". It was a great experience, and I was so ecstatic afterwards that I took of my shoes and joined two little boys in one of those street fountain things where the water comes up from the ground level and you can run around in it. It was quite exhiliarating thank you, but then my feet were a tad bit slimy. I'm looking forward to reading the new Alexie book, and we also got a preview of a young adult novel he'll be putting out called The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.