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Colorado filmmaking is alive and well

Ironically, Sherman Alexieis one of those easy-to-stereotype authors: The admittedly angry young Indian from the Spokane rez in Wellpinit, Washington, is always getting himself in trouble, making irrefutable statements left and right (and left again), and poking unending fun at the critical community that, well, idolizes him. The more troublesome Alexie becomes in the public eye, the more they love, extol and fawn over him and his creative outpourings -- his bull's-eye storytelling, his poetic, dramatic and visual sensibilities, his literary credibility, his Indian-ness. Trouble is, they're all so right...and so wrong. But count this critic in: Somehow, Alexie both faces and transcends all of it, always managing to come up fresh. He never treads water; like the basketball player he is, he's always moving. His latest story collection, Ten Little Indians, is classic Alexie, full of that visceral, sad Indian acerbity and humor he's known for. He'll be making the rounds to promote the book, beginning today with a noon book luncheon at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place ($18, call 303-571-5260), and a 7:30 p.m. reading at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 East First Avenue (303-322-7727), and continuing tomorrow with a 2 p.m. signing at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street in Boulder (303-447-2074). Let the spirit move you. -- Susan Froyd

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