The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie

Peter J. Shields Library Lobby
Spring 2012

Community Book Project

"Imagination turns every word into a bottle rocket"

The University Library Committee on Diversity is pleased to present the 2011/2012 Campus Community Book Project selection, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

On exhibit in the Peter J. Shields Library Lobby is a selection of Sherman Alexie's work as a poet, short story writer, novelist, and filmmaker. The title of Spring Quarter's exhibit is a quote from Alexie‚Äôs short story collection "The Lone Ranger and Tonto's Fist Fight in Heaven," and evokes quintessential Alexie – in whatever format Alexie writes, his words challenge, inspire, and move the reader. In response to his short story collection being among the books banned in the Tucson Mexican American Studies program curriculum, Alexie states "I'm…strangely pleased that the folks of Arizona have officially announced their fear of an educated underclass. You give those brown kids some books about brown folks and what happens? Those brown kids change the world. In the effort to vanish our books, Arizona has actually given them enormous power. Arizona has made our books sacred documents now." (The Progressive (, April 2012)


Bibliography provided by Adam Siegel, Native American Studies Bibliographer ( Exhibit prepared by the University Library Committee on Diversity. For general questions about the Exhibit please contact Robin Gustafson, Chair, at

More information about this year's book and the events that have been scheduled can be found at the following web sites.