Sherman Alexie in NYC

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As part of the PEN World Voices Festival, recent PEN winner and National Book Award Winner (as well as Dossier contributor) Sherman Alexie is lecturing at Cooper Union on May 2nd about the future of books in the digital age and the many threats the book industry faces. He has chosen not to let his books be available in digital form and has spoken out widely against the new technology. The lecture is titled “I, writer: The artistic, political and economic responsibilities of writers in the digital age.”

“As print publishing is rapidly changing, and radically altering what it means to be a writer, how should we respond? To survive, we will likely become dual citizens, continuing to live and write as analog artists, but also embracing and expanding the aesthetics of digital literature. As independent brick-and-mortar bookstores, with their commitment to liberal social responsibility, are replaced by online stores with libertarian ambitions, must writers seek to become more vocal advocates for other writers and social causes? Should writers, in order to protect their art and promote their politics, form a national union? In any case, we writers are facing an uncertain, potentially destructive, but ultimately challenging and exciting future.”
— Sherman Alexie

Word.
Tickets here.

Photo by Mike Urban

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