Book of the Year

HSU Book of the Year Writing and Visual Art Contest

The HSU Book of the Year committee is looking for writing and visual art by HSU students to celebrate the Book of the Year War Dances by Sherman Alexie. Selected visual art pieces will be displayed in the Library and the Native American Forum. Winners will also receive a course scholarship to the HSU Bookstore. All entries must directly reference a theme, character or event in Sherman Alexie’s War Dances.

All submissions must be anonymous to allow for impartial judging; the only personal information should be on the required cover letter (available at

Writing Contest

Writing can include, but is not limited to:

·  Poetry

·  Critical Essays

·  Personal Essays

·  Short Stories

·  Plays/Screenplays

All writing contest entries must be double spaced documents 12 point standard font (Cambria, Arial, etc.), one-inch margins. Limit 5 pages maximum. Cite sources when appropriate. All entries must be anonymous and must include a cover letter (available at


Visual Art Contest

Format/Medium: Only traditional two and three dimensional physical formats accepted. Unfortunately this year we will not be able to accept video, audio or other digital submissions.

Visual arts projects can include, but are not limited to:

·         Painting

·         Drawing

·         Collage 

·         Photograph

·         Sculpture

All visual art entries must include a cover page and an artist statement. The artist statement must be anonymous (limit 1/2 page).

Size limitations: Visual art projects must not exceed 58"(H) x 20"(W) x 30"(D) and must be submitted dry and ready to display (if in a frame it must have a wire on the back, etc.)


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Author Sherman Alexie in Humboldt on Thursday March 5th

Plan to see Sherman Alexie in Humboldt County on March 5th. He will be at College of the Redwoods, New Performance Theater at noon. See him at the VanDuzer Theatre at Humboldt State University at 7 p.m.

Additional details available at a future date.

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Book Circles for Spring 2015

Do you have a favorite passage from "War Dances"? Is there a story or poem that particularly resonates with you? Are you interested in participating in a "War Dances" book circle?

How about a discussion of topics addressed in one of these critical essays on Sherman Alexie

We are scheduling book circles on sections from "War Dances" and essays from "Sherman Alexie: Critical Essays" during January, February and March 2015. Leave a comment if you would like more information about facilitating or participating in a session.

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Eighteen Copies of War Dances Available at HSU

Third Floor, south - available for 3 week check-out PS3551.L35774 W37 2009 Show me where it is in the Library
Kindle Fire - availabe at Check Out Desk   Show me where it is in the Library
Reserve Desk, 1st floor - available for short term check-out PS3551.L35774 W37 2009 Show me where it is in the Library
19 books and movies by Sherman Alexie in the HSU Library    

The Humboldt County Public Library also has five copies of "War Dances," check out this link to see where they are available .

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Humboldt Board of Supervisors Proclaim "War Dances" Book of the Year

Thank you to the Board of Supervisors of Humboldt County and Supervisor Rex Bohn for the Proclamation in support of "War Dances" as the book of the year 2014-2015.


Humboldt Board of Supervisors Proclamation

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HSU Banned Book Read-Outs Participants "First Memory of Reading a Book"

  1. a Mickey Mouse version of a Christmas Carol
  2. I was younger and I tried to read a doctor Suess book
  3. is when I went to the library and got my first library card and checked out my first book
  4. I read the Everybody Poops book with my mother
  5. I think I had a picture dictionary as a very young child my grandmother taught me to read when I was 4.
  6. I remember reading a "Dick and Jane" type of book with her.
  7. I remember learning to read with those easy read books.
  8. It was about a buttercup fairy my first memory of reading is with my sister helping me catch up my reading skills.
  9. Books were Clifford "The Big Red Dog" and Dr. Seuss "Green Eggs and Ham"
  10. I can not remember my first book, but all my books are a part of me I was so excited when I could read "Call of the Wild" by Jack London, from my father's bookshelf!
  11. reading Dr. Suess books and building houses from them; listening to my dad read to me from Dr. Seuss and telling him when he got the inflection wrong
  12. my grandma bought me a series of Curious George books and read them with me
  13. Rotten Island by William Steig
  14. George and Martha
  15. reading "Are you my mommy?" with mum
  16. my first memory of reading a book is reading Goodnight Moon and Where the Wild Things Are
  17. my parents always read me bed time stories snuggling under my blanket with dragons and knights
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Sherman Alexie Podcast

Sherman Alexie has a podcast with author Jess Walters. The blog, A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment, is based on a friendship based on "the state of the world to the projects they’re working on to the real important stuff, like professional basketball." Podcast topics cover many areas of interest, including readings from each author. You can subscribe via iTunes.

Thanks Pimm for sharing this new way to hear Sherman Alexie talk about his idea.s

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HSU Students, Faculty, and Staff know it is important to read banned books

These are the answers from HSU students, faculty and staff who participated in the Banned Book Read-Out when asked the question: "Why is it important to read banned books?"


Why is it important to read banned books?


it's important to read all books; knowledge = power
to learn cultural and societal values that went against the power of the day
expand your kind, read all books, especially the banned ones
they've got the best material!
it's important to read…period. We shouldn't suppress thought or the written word
because our written stories are all that will be left of us someday, history isn't subjective
because no one person or group of people should be allowed to restrict the uncomfortable, inconvenient or revealing speech of another
educate and learn from experiences that may be uncomfortable so that we can make educated decisions ourselves
just because
tell truth


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And the winners are ...

Congratulations to Peter Mueller and Harriet Ann Burr who both won copies of Sherman Alexie's "War Dances" by participating in the Banned Book Read-Out today.

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Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

Stop by the Library Lobby today between noon and 2 p.m. to hear people from the HSU Community read from their favorite banned or challenged books.

Enter to win a copy of Book of the Year "War Dances" by Sherman Alexie.

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