“Sherman Alexie, who has been called the Native American James Baldwin, writes with anger, humor, raw inventiveness, and defiant pride.” —Amanda Heller, The Boston Globe

“Alexie has established an impressive literary reputation as a bold writer who goes straight for the aorta.” —S. Kirk Walsh, The New York Times

“Sherman Alexie never allows readers to wade timidly into the turbulent waters of his novels or stories. Instead he simply hurls folks into the deep and seems to say, swim if you can—or dare.” —Mark S. Luce, Los Angeles Times

“Every few years we can only hope for a new Alexie work to sound a wake-up call, equal parts fierce and defiant, manic and irreverent.” —Anderson Tepper, The Village Voice

“Few writers grab you by the emotional throat quicker than Sherman Alexie, and he doesn’t let go until the end.” —Jim Lenfestey, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Honors and Awards

1991 Washington State Arts Commission Poetry Fellowship
1992 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship
1993 Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award Citation
1994 Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Writers’ Award
1998 Tacoma Public Library Annual Literary Award
1998-2001 World Heavyweight Poetry Champion
Granta Magazine: Twenty Best American Novelists Under the Age of 40
The New Yorker 1999: 20 Writers for the 21st Century
1999 Honorary Degree from Columbia College, Chicago
2000 Honorary Degree from Seattle University

For The Business of Fancydancing:
New York Times Book Review: 1992 Notable Book of the Year
“Distances” — 1993 Bram Stoker Award Nominee

For I Would Steal Horses:
1992 Slipstream Chapbook Contest Winner

For The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven:
PEN/Hemingway Award: Best First Book of Fiction Citation Winner
Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award
Washington State Governor’s Writers Award

For Reservation Blues:
1996 Before Columbus Foundation: American Book Award
1996 Murray Morgan Prize

For Indian Killer:
1996 New York Times Notable Book of the Year
1996 People Best of Pages

For Smoke Signals:

1998 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award
1999 Christopher Award
1999 Nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay

For The Toughest Indian in the World:

2000 National Magazine Award nomination for “The Toughest Indian in the World”
2000 Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize Finalist
2001 PEN USA West Fiction Award Finalist
2001 PEN/Malamud Award

Sherman Alexie on Bill Moyers