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Sherman Alexie’s heartbreaking reason for pausing his book tour

Original story at kuow.org• 45 mentions • 2 months ago

kuow.org 2 months ago

Author and filmmaker Sherman Alexie waits with dancers backstage for his turn on stage as the keynote speaker at a celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, at Seattle's City Hall.
 
Sherman Alexie, the author and friend of KUOW, posted this letter to his Facebook page on Thursday. If you're reading this open letter then you're probably aware that I recently published a memoir, “You Don't Have to Say You Love Me.” The memoir is mostly about my relationship with my late mother, Lillian Alexie. She was a complicated and difficult person. She was sometimes cruel and often cold. I loved her, yes, but I sometimes hated her, too. She was brilliant, funny, beautiful, generous, vindictive, deceitful, tender, manipulative, abusive, loving, and intimidating. She was one of the last fluent speakers ...
 
 
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18 Jul
Austin Kleon @austinkleon
Book tour is rough even if you're not suffering from depression. Much love to @Sherman_Alexie. https://t.co/GenCCjOOoF
18 Jul
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17 Jul
P Mimi Poinsett MD @yayayarndiva
RT @stevesilberman: Very heavy note from @Sherman_Alexie on why he's taking a hiatus from his book tour. https://t.co/vCDU9PKBgG
17 Jul
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17 Jul
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17 Jul
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17 Jul
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15 Jul
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15 Jul
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15 Jul
Elan Morgan 📓 @schmutzie
Alexie's incredible way of speaking about his grief and this magic life has crumpled me. His account of it is a gift https://t.co/B6TveKtznd
15 Jul
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15 Jul
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15 Jul
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15 Jul
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15 Jul
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15 Jul
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15 Jul
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15 Jul
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"I have been rebreaking my heart night after night." https://t.co/SvH80NfdFd
15 Jul
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15 Jul
Hannah Tinti @hannahtinti
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15 Jul
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15 Jul
Marianne Allison @msallison
I do not find this heartbreaking so much as heart-opening. So very bittersweet. What a beautiful man. https://t.co/C7ylD2MTIO
14 Jul
Lilly A. Fowler 🌺 @LillyAFowler
Read 1st Sherman Alexie book upon moving to NW. So impressed by his wit & intelligence. He's pausing book tour tho: https://t.co/sqwPZ3Fk7m