The Absolutley True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie . With so much buzz about this book, I was really excited to find that Alexie was to be one of the speakers at this year's Southern Book Festival in Nashville TN. (If you have not been there it is held the second week in October and is free. Several hundred authors speak over the week end) I got to the auditorium early to get a front row seat. I was not disappointed. He was so good I stood in line for upwards of an hour to get him to sign my book and to see if I could persuade him to come to Evansville. The book is fiction but is based on his life on the reservation. Alexie was a bright kid who figured out early on that if were ever to make it he had to go to a white school. He opted to go to a school in a town 22 miles away where the only other Indian was the school mascot. He often had to walk since gas money for the family car seemed to wind up being spent at a bar by a father who loved him but loved liquor more. The people in his tribe consiidered him a traitor. The white kids considered him a looser. Yet through it all he kept a sense of self deprecating humour telling his story with absurd annecdotes that make you want to laugh and cry. While this book is a young adult title, he has written many adult books, some of which have been made into movies. and guess what ...he said he would be willing to come to Evansville. Stay tuned. You can find his books and movies at www.evpl.org.