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Please note: This event is now SOLD OUT. We will not be selling tickets at the door.
Although Sherman Alexie has announced the cancellation of the remainder of his book tour, he will still be performing in Los Angeles, as scheduled.

Visit the JACCC’s ticketing portal, or contact the Aratani Box Office at 213-680-3700 for more information.

In a memorable performance, acclaimed poet, short story writer, novelist and now memoirist, Sherman Alexie brings his searing, hilarious, and deeply moving memoir, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me to the stage. In this new book, Alexie grapples with the haunting ghosts of the past as he mourns the death of his mother and constructs a complex portrait of family, love, and loss. Journeying back to his childhood on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington, where he grew up dirt-poor as one of four children raised by alcoholic parents, Alexie’s memoir is infused with the humor, anger, and piercing insight that permeates his critically acclaimed fiction. Sharing from this powerful account of a remarkable childhood that few can imagine, Alexie will perform and discuss his intimate new work with the ALOUD audience.

Sherman Alexie

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, a PEN/Hemingway Citation for Best First Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, Sherman Alexie is a poet, short story writer, novelist, and performer. He has published 26 books including his soon to be released memoir, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, his first picture book, Thunder Boy Jr, and young adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, all from Little, Brown Books; What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Earned, a book of poetry, from Hanging Loose Press; and Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories, from Grove Press. He has also published the 20th Anniversary edition of his classic book of stories, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. Smoke Signals, the movie he wrote and co-produced, won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. A Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, Alexie grew up in Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Alexie has been an urban Indian since 1994 and lives in Seattle with his family.

This program will take place at the Aratani Theatre of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, at 244 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Parking is available in multiple lots around the theatre. Note that many lots are cash only. Click here for specific lots and directions.

Will Call
5:30pm – Will call opens

7:00pm – House opens

7:30pm – Program begins

All tickets and books are non-refundable, and will require photo I.D. for pick-up. Each ticket will include a copy of the featured book, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, which will be distributed the night of the program. The author will be present to sign books following the program.

Main Image: Courtesy Lee Towndrow

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