EMU Common Reads

EMU’s intellectual life committee invites you to join the campus reading program, which will focus on The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian during fall 2013. First-year students will receive the book during orientation and participate in activities related to the reading.

About our fall 2013 book

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is author Sherman Alexie’s best-selling debut Young Adult work that received the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

Meet Junior, an aspiring cartoonist and oft-bullied 14-year-old living on a Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the “rez” for the all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. The semi-autobiopgraphical narrative chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he thought he was destined to live. (Paraphrased from School Library Journal)

About the author, Sherman Alexie

Sherman Joseph Alexie Jr. is a poet, writer, and filmmaker from Seattle, Washington. Much of his writing draws on his experiences as a Native American growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation.


  • Reading of Alexie’s work (Heidi Winters Vogel) – September 10, 2013, Tuesday, 8 pm, Common Grounds
  • Graduate Student Book Study Sessions with Biomedicine, Counseling, and CJP
    September 18, 2013, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Discipleship Center
    October 16, 2013, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Discipleship Center
  • Mental Health/Bullying (Pam Comer) – October 7, 2013, 8 pm, Common Grounds
  • Tues luncheon with shared response essays by faculty Beth Leaman & Nancy Heisey – October 8, 2013, noon, West Dining Room
    Essays available on Moodle
  • Smoke Signals as part of the VaCA/CIE Film Fest, November 8-10, 2013 – Nov 8, 8 pm, location TBA
  • Restoring Mohawk: History, Identity, Legacy, Family. Paulette Moore – TGIW- February 12, 2014, 4 pm, Main Stage theater or Common Grounds.
  • PLECKER, POLITICS, AND PEOPLEHOOD: (RE)BIRTH OF THE MONACAN NATION by Samuel Cook March 26, 2014 – 4 pm Colloquium in Main Stage theater