Page to the Podium

Sherman Alexie

Tickets available online 12 p.m., MON, JUNE 26

  • Wyoming library card number required
  • Limited to one per library card number

Without Reservations: An Urban Indian's Comic, Poetic & Highly Irreverent Look at the World

Join us for an unforgettable night of literary entertainment with National Book Award-winning author, Sherman Alexie. Book-signing to follow with books available for purchase in Center lobby.

Welcome Reception with Sherman Alexie Tickets

Buy tickets hereTeton County Library Foundation hosts a welcome reception where locals can mingle with award-winning author, Sherman Alexie, from 5:15-6:45 p.m. before his talk. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at this special fundraising event, which benefits key library programs. Bonus: Purchase of a reception ticket includes a ticket to the free event. Cost $50; $20 of your ticket cost is a tax-deductible contribution to the Library Foundation.

About Sherman Alexie

An American poet, writer, filmmaker and performer, Alexie draws on his experiences as a Native American with ancestry of several tribes, growing up in Wellpinit, Wash., on the Spokane Indian Reservation. He lives in Seattle, Wash.

Alexie’s new memoir, You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, released on June 13, is being called "one of the most anticipated books of 2017" by Entertainment Weekly. A deeply-moving memoir about family, love, loss and forgiveness, this searing work explores the complicated bond between the author and his mother, Lillian.

Some of his best-known works are “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” (1993), a book of short stories, and “Smoke Signals” (1998), a film based on that collection, for which he also wrote the screenplay. His first young adult novel, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” (2007), is a semi-autobiographical novel that won the 2007 U.S. National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

He has published 24 books including “Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories” (2013), from Grove Press. His 2009 collection of short stories and poems, “War Dances,” won the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Alexie is the guest editor of “The Best American Poetry 2015.”

Sherman Alexie Books Collage

About Page to the Podium

The library's Page to the Podium speaker series brings nationally recognized and award-winning writers to Jackson Hole. These events are community celebrations that provide opportunities for library cardholders to experience literary entertainment together - for free! Learn more about Page to the Podium here.


Page to the Podium is made possible by your donations, large and small, to the Library Foundation, with support from Carter Gray, Ross & Christine Hartley, The Robert S. and Grayce B. Kerr Foundation, and Opatrny Family Foundation. With special thanks to Welcome Reception and Page to the Podium sponsors Margot Snowdon and Willow Street Group.

Sherman Alexie, by the book:

Who are your favorite novelists?
Louise Erdrich
Michael Connelly
Lorrie Moore
James Welch
Toni Morrison
Dennis Lehane
Kelly Link
David Markson
Mo Hayder
Ralph Ellison
Leslie Marmon Silko
Aimee Bender
Jim Carroll
Colin Harrison

Native American author you would recommend:
Stephen Graham Jones
Demon Theory, Not for Nothing, Seven Spanish Angels, All the Beautiful Sinners, Growing up Dead in Texas

Favorite work of Native American literature:
by Leslie Marmon Silko

Book that has had the greatest impact on you:
Fire, Water World: Poems
by Adrian C. Louis

Best book you’ve ever received as a gift:
The Basketball Diaries
by Jim Carroll