Community Book Project

Celebrate the Freedom To Read

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Campus Community Book Project Display

Peter J. Shields Lobby
Fall Quarter 2011

The University Library Committee on Diversity is pleased to present the 2011/2012 Campus Community Book Project. This year’s selection, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie is an award winning young adult novel, and one of the most challenged books of 2010.

On exhibit in the Peter J. Shields Library Lobby are classic and contemporary works of fiction that share with Alexie’s novel the distinction of being either challenged or banned in the United States. The best literature provokes discussion and challenges us to open our minds to the diversity of this common and uncommon thing we call "life". Our individual experiences are both unique and universal. Author Sherman Alexie’s semi-autobiographical novel brilliantly captures this paradox. In a June 11, 2011 essay in the Wall Street Journal’s blog, Speakeasy ( , Alexie stated, "…I write books for teenagers because I vividly remember what it felt like to be a teen facing everyday and epic dangers. I don’t write to protect them. It’s far too late for that. I write to give them weapons–in the form of words and ideas-that will help them fight their monsters. I write in blood because I remember what it felt like to bleed."

Bibliographies 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.

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