In 1928 two cousins, Frederick Dannay (“Danny”) and Manfred B. Lee, created Ellery Queen for a contest sponsored by McClure’s magazine and Stokes publishing house. The prize for creating the best new detective novel was $7500. The cousins won the contest, but McClure’s went bankrupt shortly afterwards, so they never collected their prize. Between 1929 and 1971 they published 46 mystery novels using the name of the protagonist as their pseudonym. The cousins also created Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, which is still a influential contribution to the mystery genre publishing more new writers each year than any other magazine. The Mystery Writers of America honored Dannay and Lee by creating the Ellery Queen award for “an editor or publisher for distinguished support of the genre” (www.criminalelement.com) (post by Cathy Akers-Jordan)
Walter Lord is best known as author of A Night to Remember (1955), a narrative non-fiction book on the sinking of the Titanic. Lord interviewed more survivors than any other Titanic historian and inspired a generation of Titanic scholars. When the film A Night to Remember was released in 1958, it reminded the world of a tragedy that would never be forgotten and raised the greatest unanswered question about that night: why did the Californian, a ship sitting nearby in the ice, ignore Titanic’s emergency rockets and do nothing to help until the following morning? Many of Titanic’s survivors left Lord artifacts they carried from the ship as well as letters and personal items. Upon is death, Lord bequeathed his collection to the Greenwich Maritime Museum. (post by Cathy Akers-Jordan)
Sherman Alexie has been called a new, inventive voice in Native American literatures. But don’t call him a Native American, a term that he says is a product of “liberal white guilt.” Alexie is Spokane and Coeur d’Alene Indian, although he is careful to warn against reading his work as representative of other Indians’ experiences.
A prolific and now best-selling writer who has published over 20 books—including novels, poetry, short stories, young adult books, essays, and two screenplays—Alexie has transformed perceptions of what Native American literatures are and can be. His work has been celebrated as perceptive and denounced as combative by both Native and non-Native audiences.
He uses sharp-edged wit and often irreverent humor to confront misrepresentations of Indians and lay bare the hypocrisy of white paternalism and federal policies toward Native Americans. His work refuses to romanticize the daily lives of Indians and instead offers a brutally painful but ultimately honest portrayal of reservation and urban life, including negative realities of poverty, dysfunction, and alcoholism alongside camaraderie, endurance, and love.
Alexie grew up on the Spokane Reservation in Washington State, the setting for many of his novels and short stories. After leaving the Reservation in high school, Alexie earned a scholarship to Gonzaga University, and graduated from Washington State University in 1991. He now lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.
Published works by Sherman Alexie:
Blasphemy (short stories) 2012
War Dances (short stories & poems) 2009
Face (poetry) 2009
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (young adult novel) 2007
Flight (novel) 2007
Dangerous Astronomy (poetry) 2005
Il powwow della fine del mondo (poetry) 2005
Ten Little Indians (short stories) 2003
The Business of Fancydancing (screenplay) 2003
One Stick Song (poetry ) 2000
The Toughest Indian in the World (short stories) 2000
Smoke Signals (screenplay) 1998
The Man Who Loves Salmon (poetry) 1998
The Summer of Black Widows (poetry) 1996
Indian Killer (novel) 1996
Water Flowing Home (poetry) 1996
Reservation Blues (novel) 1995
Seven Mourning Songs For the Cedar Flute… (poetry) 1993
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (short stories) 1993
First Indian on the Moon (poetry) 1993
Old Shirts & New Skins (poetry) 1993
I Would Steal Horses (poetry) 1992
The Business of Fancydancing (poetry) 1991
(post by Alicia Kent)
The English Department invites
The entire University Community to
A Welcome Reception
Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Wednesday, October 1
UCEN Michigan Room D
Professor Feuerherm is on campus to design and implement a new Bridge Program for international students, providing them with credit-bearing preparation to insure their academic success.
Please come and meet Professor Feuerherm, share your thoughts about our campus, and find out more about the work she’s doing.
Brief remarks at 4:15; light refreshments.
Read more about Emily Feuerherm here!
Ray Bradbury was a beloved and innovative writer known for writing literally hundreds of science fiction and fantasy short stories. He is best known for books Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He loved life and everyone he ever met. Among his many honors are the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.
“Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, ‘Live forever!’ Bradbury later said, ‘I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped’” (Ray Bradbury.com). (post by Cathy Akers-Jordan)
Probably the most famous American novelist of the 20th Century, Hemingway was born in affluent Oak Park, Illinois, but before he was more than a few month old already was in northern Michigan, where his parents were arranging the construction of a family cottage near Petoskey. His “Nick Adams” stories of childhood and young adulthood in Michigan–and beyond–are among his most famous, tracing Americans’ movement away from insularity to become players on the world stage, beginning with the First World War.
Often stereotyped as a macho adventurer writing about war, big game hunting and the like, he also had a sensitive side, and gender roles become increasingly more obvious as subject matter throughout his career. Like the earlier novelist Henry James, Hemingway was an interpreter of Europe to Americans; unlike James, he wrote a terse, spare prose influenced by early work as a journalist. Essentially, we all now write like Hemingway.
Best known works: In Our Time (1925), The Sun Also Rises (1926), A Farewell to Arms (1929), The Old Man and the Sea (1952, which won him the Nobel Prize for Literature). (post by Fred Svoboda)