Friday, April 13, 2012

Sherman Alexie at Mondavi

On Wednesday night, I went to the Sherman Alexie event at Mondavi Center. Sherman Alexie does many things. He is a poet, author, and a standup comedian. But, he came to UC Davis because he is an author and his book was picked for the Campus Community Project for the 2011-2012 school year.

It was not my first time in Mondavi, but my second. For the first time, I believe I was there in 2009. I can't seem to remember the title of the event, but it is when the chancellor and other figures open up the academic year. I think that was also the first time Chancellor Kathei opened up the academic year since it was her first year as chancellor at UC Davis.

I really like being in the Mondavi Center because it is very beautiful and elegant inside. It seems well funded. I think that the people who attended this event was mostly middle age to elderly. There were students though and some young ones.

That event was free. This event was not. However, I received the student discount, but I had to pay for the highest student discount, which was $20. I found out about the program about a week before and bought it the day before the event. My seat was in the orchestra, which was pretty close to the stage, but I was in the back row of the orchestra. Parking was $7, but I didn't drive; I called escort service and saved $.

I was given this program issue for the month of Mar-Apr 2012. It included information about other program and information about Sherman Alexie.

For my UWP class, we will be reading "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" later on in the quarter. But, I think going to the event will help with discussion and some good things to think about when I'm reading the book. I've read one a few pages into the book and it is pretty funny and interesting. During his program, he was also humorous and entertaining. The program lasted about 2 hours with Q & A and not including autograph signing.

After his program, he had a Q&A session. Then, he signed autographs. I waited about 30 minutes for him to sign my book. He wasn't the first author of a book that I met though. Many of my professors also wrote books and some of which were my favorite books. I didn't ask them for an autograph, but I guess I should have if I really enjoyed the book.

 The line inside Mondavi Center to get autographs from Sherman Alexie.

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