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Alexie will speak at TCC’s Roper Performing Arts Center on April 16 at 7 p.m.

All free, public invited


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (April 2, 2007) – Sherman Alexie, described by The New York Times Book Review as “one of the major lyric voices of our time,” will give the keynote address for Tidewater Community College’s 2007 Literary Festival on Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center, 340 Granby St., on the Norfolk Campus.

Following his talk, Alexie will sign books during a reception in the Roper lobby. 

Alexie has been hailed as one of the best young writers of his generation. Most notably, he wrote the screenplay for and produced the feature 1998 Sundance Film Festival award-winning film, Smoke Signals, based on his book, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.  

A Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington. In addition to his first collection of poetry, The Business of Fancydancing, he has authored 11 books of poetry, several collections of short stories, two novels and numerous works for magazines. He is working on a screenplay adaptation of The Toughest Indian in the World, which he will direct and co-produce. His next books are Flight, which he describes as “a novel about time travel and a parable of war,” and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a "coming-of-age, interracial comedy" for young adults based on his first year at an all-white high school.   

TCC’s 2007 Literary Festival, April 16-19, focuses on 400 years of diverse American literature. For more Literary Festival information, visit the web site,, or contact TCC’s Information Center, 822-1122. For campus maps and driving directions,click





Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 37,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit