LitStack Rec: A Writer’s Notebook & Thunder Boy, Jr.

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A Writer’s Notebook by Somerset Maugham Somerset Maugham’s A Writer’s Notebook was first published in 1949, and though his work may have since fallen out of fashion, in his time he was a literary light, outselling contemporaries like Joseph Conrad and Robert Louis Stevenson—The Guardian called Maugham “the first superstar novelist.” At the age of [….]

Sherman Alexie’s Letter to YOU

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From the ABA: “Read acclaimed author Sherman Alexie’s letter to his fellow authors, then sign up to be part of Indies First! Authors, be sure to have a copy of the letter on-hand when talking about Indies First with your local store. Indies First is brand new and moving fast. And booksellers, please send the [….]

Sherman Alexie’s ‘Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian’ Pulled From School Reading List

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From the Huffington Post: An award-winning young adult novel that mentions masturbation was reportedly removed from the sixth-grade reading list of a New York City school after parents complained. The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie’s 2007 story of a Native American who transfers to an all-white school, includes the following passage: [….]

The Top Five Native American Writers You Should Be Reading

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In celebration of this year’s American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month, which starts today, we pulled together our picks for the Native writers we hope you’ll read. These writers’ stories cover all aspects of Native, (and American), life and touch on a variety of issues-poverty, class, love, racism and gender- that inform their lives. [….]