Sherman Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington. His several books include the novel Reservation Blues and the story and poetry collections Ten Little Indians, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, which he adapted for the film Smoke Signals, and The Business of Fancydancing, which he adapted for film and also directed.
A large wooden desk with many drawers is at the mysterious center of Krauss' deeply engrossing new novel of interwoven lives. The author of the best-selling The History of Love discusses her 2010 National Book Award nominated book, with Deborah Treisman (fiction editor at The New Yorker). An excerpt will be performed by Lois Smith. Performance playlist: Reading by Lois Smith, conversation between Nicole Krauss and Deborah Treisman, and a discussion with the audience.