Sherman Alexie’s Page to the Podium event cancelled

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Poet and novelist Sherman Alexie has canceled his visit to Jackson Hole due to health reasons. Both the ticketed, free presentation, at 7 p.m. at The Center for the Arts, as well as the Teton County Library Foundation’s Welcome Reception, at 5 p.m. in The Center Tent, today, Monday, June 13, have been canceled. "We hope to be able to reschedule the events and will share updates with ticket holders as soon as we have more information. In the meantime, join us in sending best wishes to Alexie from the Jackson Hole community," said the Teton County Library in a release issued today. Sherman Alexie is an American poet, writer, filmmaker and performer. Alexie’s first picture book, Thunder Boy Jr., was released in May, 2016, and has been garnering praise from School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly (among many others). Much of Alexie’s writing draws on his experiences as a Native American with ancestry of several tribes, growing up in Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation. He lives in Seattle, Washington. 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 novel, Reservation Blues (2005), received one of the fifteen 1996 American Book Awards. 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. *Feature Photo: Sherman Alexie. h/t Larry D. Moore via Creative Commons /