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Best-Selling Author Sherman Alexie To Speak at Hudson Valley\"Photo

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, September 9, 2004

Sherman Alexie
Best-selling author Sherman Alexie will speak at Hudson Valley Community College on Friday, October 1. His performance, titled "The Business of Fancydancing: Poems, Stories, Punch Lines and Highly Biased Anecdotes," will begin at 10 a.m. in the McDonough Sports Complex.

Alexie has authored 16 books, including "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven," which was the basis for his first screenplay "Smoke Signals." The movie won the Audience Award and the Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

Also known for his poetry, Alexie received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1992. He won the World Heavyweight Championship Poetry Bout at the Taos Poetry Circus in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Alexie has been featured in several publications, including Time magazine, the New York Times magazine, and was named one of the 20 Most Fascinating Men in Politics by George magazine for his work in changing the perceived image of Native Americans.

Alexie's performance will be followed by a question and answer session and a book signing. Admission is free. Groups of 10 or more should make reservations in advance by calling 629-8071.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has nearly 60,000 alumni.