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Sherman Alexie reads and signs new book “Blasphemy” at Urban Grace

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on April 24, 2013 at 5:08 am with No Comments »
April 22, 2013 2:29 pm

blasphemy cover art“Blasphemy” in a church? Well, yes, if it’s Sherman Alexie‘s new book.

The acclaimed Washington writer comes to Tacoma’s Urban Grace Church next Tuesday, reading from and signing his latest book of bitingly candid short stories, “Blasphemy” in a free public event organized by the Tacoma Public Library.

A collection that Publisher’s Weekly called “glimpses into a harried and conflicted humanity” with “plenty of bawdiness and Alexie’s signature wicked humor,” “Blasphemy” was released in October last year and instantly made the top-books lists in Kirkus Review, the New York Times and NPR. In 30 short stories Alexie covers contemporary issues like racism, addiction and infidelity with his usual candor and sharp wit, ranging from road-trip morality tales to lethal wind-turbines, from Asian manicure salons to donkey basketball leagues, from homeless Indians to hearing loss.

Born in 1966 to a Coeur d’Alene father and Spokane Indian mother, Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation and has had an award-winning 20-year career publishing 20 books of adult and young adult novels as well as short stories. He lives in Seattle.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. No ticket is required.

7 p.m. April 30. Free. Urban Grace Church, 902 Market St., Tacoma. 253-292-2001, tacomapubliclibrary.org, urbangracechurch.org, fallsapart.com

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