Sunday, April 1, 2012

A to Z Challenge: My Favorite Storytellers-- A

This will take discipline, but I have determined that I will complete April's A to Z challenge. I am veering off the beaten path a bit, and choosing my favorite storytellers. This includes writers, film-makers, and actors. So here we go:

A is for...

The most difficult post already, as it forced me to try and decide between two of my favorite writers. Ultimately, though, I was able to make the choice (and will cheat and work the other one in later!). 

Sherman Alexie

If you haven't heard of Sherman Alexie (which likely means you aren't a regular here), then I highly recommend starting with  Flight and Reservation Blues. Both are astoundingly good books, and both continually renew my love of reading and desire to write.

Alexie is Native American, hailing from Spokane, and his heritage plays a huge role in his writing. For those of you who have read Max and Menna, you know that this is a culture of massive interest to me.

But what is so awesome about Alexie's writing is that his is able to use brutally simple language to convey the most delicate and complicated of emotions.

In short-- I highly recommend checking out Sherman Alexie!


  1. Great A post. I must jot down Sherman Alexie as a potential read. :)

  2. He's a great author! Thanks for spotlighting him!

  3. I like your theme. What were some of the other A choices that got booted out? I do remember having some enjoyment reading Margaret Atwood's "Happy Endings" back in college

  4. Hello! Stopping by for the A to Z Challenge. Great theme! I've not heard of Sherman Alexie, but will check him out.


  5. Margaret Atwood was the other strong contender for the "A." She is one of my absolute favorites!

  6. Hello.
    Visiting from A-Z Challenge.

    Nice way to kick-start the challenge. Good luck!

    Day 1: The Attraction

  7. I'd never actually heard of Alexie -- alas, this is my first time here -- yet I had heard of one of his books (and that's absolutely true). I'll have to check him out. No, wait--he lives too far away. I guess I'll just check out his books.

  8. I love Sherman Alexie's work! I haven't read Flight yet, though, so will have to get on that. I like how he's a powerful Native American voice that can appeal to anyone who picks up his books, and can get across a genuine look at Native life.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z