Sherman Alexie selected for Everybody Reads 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oct. 25, 2012 — Multnomah County Library will welcome 2013 with a new twist on a community tradition. Everybody Reads 2013 , the library’s 11th annual community reading project, will feature two works by one author this year: Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, for young adults, and Ten Little Indians, a collection of short stories, for adults.

A National Book Award winner, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is based on Alexie’s own experiences. The book chronicles the adolescence of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Trying to rise above the reservation life everyone expects him to live, Junior leaves his troubled school to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Alexie’s acclaimed and bestselling collection of short stories, Ten Little Indians includes nine poignant and emotionally resonant stories about Native Americans who find themselves at a personal and cultural crossroads.

How to participate

Read. Extra copies of these books will be available (while supplies last) at all neighborhood libraries in early January, thanks to the generous support of The Library Foundation. Readers are encouraged to share these extra copies with friends, coworkers and neighbors.

Discuss. Beginning in February, share your thoughts at a book discussion at your neighborhood library, local bookstore or elsewhere in the community. (More dates and locations will be available soon.)

Classroom participation is also encouraged. The Library Foundation has made it possible for Multnomah County high school classrooms to apply for a classroom set of books and discussion guides for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Classrooms will be selected in order of greatest educational and financial need.

Be inspired. Hear from author Sherman Alexie on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Made possible by Literary Arts.

Learn. Visit Everybody Reads 2013 for related events and resources, and the latest information.

Everybody Reads 2013, a community reading project of Multnomah County Library, is made possible by The Library Foundation with author appearance made possible by Literary Arts. Programming support also made possible in part by Oregon Public Broadcasting, the Portland Tribune and Portland State University.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust: Oregonians sustaining, developing and participating in our arts, heritage and humanities.

About Multnomah County Library

Multnomah County Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi, with a history that reaches back to 1864. Today, Central Library and the other 18 neighborhood libraries that make up the library system house a collection of two million books and other library materials. As Oregon's largest public library, Multnomah County Library serves nearly one-fifth of the state's population with a wide variety of programs and services. Over 35,000 people use the library each day, either online or in person.