Sherman Alexie: The Power of a Name

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Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that’s all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn’t mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he’s done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder. But just when Thunder Boy Jr. thinks all hope is lost, he and his dad pick the perfect name . . . a name that is sure to light up the sky.

In Thunder Boy Jr., Sherman Alexie’s lyrical text and Caldecott Honor–winner Yuyi Morales’s striking and beautiful illustrations celebrate the special relationship between father and son.

A National Book Award–winning author, poet, and filmmaker, Alexie has been named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists and has been lauded by the Boston Globe as “an important voice in American literature.” He is one of the most well known and beloved literary writers of his generation and has received numerous awards and citations, including the PEN/Malamud Award for Fiction and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award. Thunder Boy Jr. is his first picture book.

2:30–4:00 p.m. Teen writing workshop (ages 12–18) led by Sherman Alexie using works of art as inspiration: $15. Advance reservations strongly recommended as space is limited.

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Public $15, DMA Member $10, Student $7, Teen Writing Workshop $15