One Book, One Community 2013
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
By Sherman Alexie
This collection of stories established its author as one of America’s most important and provocative voices. Vividly weaving memory, fantasy, and stark reality to paint a portrait of life in and around the Spokane Indian reservation, this book introduces some of Alexie’s most beloved characters who inhabit his distinctive landscape.
We are thrilled to announce that this year’s featured author for the Author-in-Residence Program is Sherman Alexie, preeminent Native American poet, novelist, performer, and filmmaker.
The Park City Library, Summit County Library, and Dolly’s Bookstore, in collaboration with the Park City Education Foundation and Sundance Institute, are pleased to announce that they have chosen preeminent author Sherman Alexie’s groundbreaking collection of short stories The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven for the One Book, One Community read this summer. A member of the Spokane Indian tribe, Mr. Alexie is a respected American poet, novelist, performer, and filmmaker. His works focus on contemporary Native American life as they address difficult, universal issues of poverty, grief, racial prejudice, family relationships and, ultimately, hope.
The Park City Education Foundation, Utah Humanities Council, and Sundance Institude have made it possible for Mr. Alexie to visit Park City for the Park City High School Author-in-Residence Program in the fall. PCHS students have been assigned to read Alexie’s National Book Award winning young adult novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian this summer. With Alexie’s visit, they will not only hear from him about the writing process, but also, both Alexie and Chris Eyre (director of Smoke Signals) will talk to students about what it takes to transition a book to film.
The libraries and Dolly’s will be hosting multiple programs this summer in preparation for Sherman Alexie’s visit. The entire Park City community will also be invited to hear Mr. Alexie and Mr. Eyre speak following a special screening of the film Smoke Signals, the winner of the Sundance Audience Award and the Filmmaker’s Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. The film is based on the short story “This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” from his book The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven which prompted the One Book, One Community choice for this summer. The screening will be held in the Santy Auditorium with the date and time to be announced at a later date.
The One Book, One Community reading program works to have as many people as possible reading and discussing the same book at the same time. With the community reading The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, the high school students reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and everyone having the opportunity to see Smoke Signals and hear from Sherman Alexie and Chris Eyre, it will certainly generate lively discussion and enrich parents, students, and community members alike.
Below is a list of upcoming events for the One Book, One Community Program:
Tuesday, Aug. 6 — Community Book Group to discuss “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” at Dolly’s Bookstore, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 15 — “Introducing Sherman Alexie: His Work, His Film, His Impact,” multimedia presentation by Westminster College’s English professor Katy Evans in the Richins Auditorium at the Summit County Library Kimball Junction Branch 7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 23 — Park City High School Student Book Discussions of Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” at the Summit County Library, noon.
Monday, Aug. 26 — An additional PCHS Student Book Discussions of “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” at the Summit County Library Kimball Junction Branch, 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 19 — Free community Film Screening of “Smoke Signals” followed by a panel discussion with Alexie and Eyre, in the Jim Santy Auditorium of the Park City Library and Education Center, 1255 Park Ave., 7 p.m.
For more information about Sherman Alexie, visit www.fallsapart.com . For more information about the Park City High School summer reading assignment, visit www.pchs.pcschools.us , www.dollysbookstore.com, www.parkcitylibrary.org and www.thesummitcountylibrary.org .
To reserve a space at the discussions, call Kirsten Nilsson at (435) 615-3903.