We're excited to announce that Sherman Alexie's War Dances has been chosen as the 2011 One Book, One Philadelphia featured reading selection! Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, War Dances is a collection of short stories and poems that examine with humor and grace the intricate facets of modern relationships. Skillfully crafted and at turns shocking, funny, and poignant, War Dances takes readers on a grand tour of life in all its complexity.
The One Book selection committee has paired War Dances with a companion title, Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, winner of the National Book Award. The Absolutely True Diary is filled with candid observations drawn from Alexie's life as a teenager on the Spokane Indian Reservation and provides a compelling cultural framework for the many issues explored in War Dances.
The One Book, One Philadelphia reading period starts now, and the program series will run from January 19 through March 17, 2011. Mark your calendars now: Sherman Alexie will be appearing at the Free Library on March 16, 2011!