Skip to main content

#AuthorApril: S is for Sherman Alexie Book Giveaway #AtoZChallenge

Dear Alison,

I have a confession to make. Well, I already confessed it to you the other day, but I need to confess it to the world. I need to get this heavy weight off my chest. Sherman Alexie's book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, sat on my #TBR list for years. Years.

I am ashamed. I am embarrassed. I am upset. I don't know why I never bought the book. I looked at the book every time I went to the bookstore. Every time. And I'm not talking about just glancing at it. I picked it up. I touched it. I flicked through the pages. I pulled it into my chest. Then I set it back on the shelf. Every damn time.

Hell, I know I even looked at it when I was with you at New York's Books of Wonder.

Well, I guess you can't blame me for that one--after all, I had Rainbow on my mind, but back to the Kim bashing.

Call me an idiot. Call me an asshole.

Do want to know the worst part? The magic that sits between the black covers was no mystery to me. For Alison, I read The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven in Grad School. It was through Sherman Alexie that I discovered the power of voice. Never before had I read words so powerful. So vibrant.

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven




Alexie's words lift off the page and soar to the heavens before slamming into a brick wall just to make sure you're paying attention.

On a recent visit to Books A Million (Don't hate on me. I live in a small town without a local bookstore and a limited budget), I planned to buy The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

To my surprise and pleasure, I found it in the discount section. I'm not going to lie. I danced. I cheered. I couldn't believe my luck. I knew it was destiny. For Alison, I didn't buy just one copy. I bought two, and one lucky reader will receive a copy.

Alexie's voice speaks to me like no other. And I say again, he doesn't write about unicorns who fart rainbows. He writes about death, alcoholism, and physical abuse with hilarious overtones. It's like when a person smashes into a light post and everyone erupts in raucous laughter. Wait..., am I the only one who does that? Well, I do, but I'm sure Sherman Alexie would be standing beside me, saying, "See? See!"

Because I love Sherman Alexie oh soooooo, sooooooooo much and because I was an asshole for waiting so long to read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, I'm going to make this book giveaway oh so simple. Just comment below, and I'll pick one lucky winner to take this masterpiece home.

Sharing the writing love one letter at a time,
Kim




Popular posts from this blog

The Querying Writer: Part II

Dear Kim,


Remember that letter I sent you way back in October? (You remember October-- back when all things seemed possible.) 





The letter, COMP TITLES and THE QUERYING WRITER, shared details from our Novel Nuts & Bolts class with Empire Literary Agent Carrie Howland. (I may have referred to her as "agent-extraordinaire" in another post.)

Though today's post will be my third about Carrie, it is titled "Part II" because my querying journey seems sequel worthy.







I started looking for an agent soon after you and I met at the NYC SCBWI conference in 2012. I had nice feedback from an agent at a conference and sent him my work. His response was kind (which I've found most responses from agents to be.) But my writing wasn’t ready. The novel he saw was the first I’d ever finished. I wasn't ready.

I swallowed that little voice that said, SEND! SEND! SEND! for two more years until I entered #PitchWars-- Brenda Drake’s crash course in pitching. In the years between t…

School Visit Recap: Assemblies to Workshops, and the CONVERSATIONS in between

Dear Kim (and friends),

This morning I put away my rainbow superhero mask, gold top hat, and banana-on-a-stick. Few things are sadder than closing your banana-on-a-stick into a dark closet. But, I guess it will rise again next month for my next school visit.

Oh, you thought my collection was somehow Halloween related? No, no. Just part of the workshop portion of my school visits. For the past two weeks I had the privilege of speaking to, and then with, students from one of our nearby districts.



Dwight Smith, the founder of My Special Word, joined me for the assembly portion of the event. We were able to share with the children Dwight's vision for the program, as well as my process for writing the books for him.

There was music. Lots of it.
Some singing. (Would you expect any less?)
And shouting! (Mostly the kids, but I got a few words in too.)



We met with over 800 kids during the assemblies and got a sense for how the school district planned to use My Special Word. I'll say,
w…

BOOK REVIEW: Starr Fall & BOOK RELEASE: Once & Forever

Dear Alison,

Goodbye January, Hello February! Last week, I let everyone peak in my drawers.  Today, I'm opening my inbox. Well, not literally. You DO NOT want to see my inbox--though I do try to keep all the accounts very tidy--sometimes the emails get a bit, what's the word I'm looking for? Expansive. My favorite emails are from fans. I LOVE them. They make me all warm and fuzzy. Seriously, touch my arm...

See? Warm and Fuzzy. Oh, wait those are my doggies;)

While, I ADORE the fan mail (I DO, I REALLY DO) I would LOVE them even more if they were added as a review to AMAZON and GOODREADS. For instance, look at some of these reviews:


Must Read!!!, January 31, 2017 By  Kelly

This review is from: Starr Fall: Book One of the Starr Fall Series (Kindle Edition) Purchased this book for my 14 year old daughter who is NOT a fan of reading for pleasure or at all for that matter. Well, the book immediately grabbed her attention. In her words..."I can't put this book down. I ne…