Free Copies Of Controversial Sherman Alexie Novel Available To Meridian Students
Students in Meridian will have a chance to get a free copy of Sherman Alexie's book "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" after the school board voted to remove the novel from its curriculum.
The Northwest News Network reported last Friday that two Washington women raised $3,000 to purchase 350 copies of the controversial novel to hand out to Meridian students.
"It's a reaction to the Meridian school board's decision to suspend use of “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” Parents complained about profanity and sexual content in the novel. University of Washington student Sara Baker and a friend in Spokane set up an online campaign to buy and distribute the book to Meridian students with the help of a local teacher. Baker says they received more than $3,000 from Idaho, Washington and at least 15 other states." - Northwest News Network
Now, Baker says Meridian students can pick up a free copy of "Part-Time Indian" on Wednesday, April 23 at Meridian's Kleiner Park. The event starts at 5 p.m. and ends at sunset, or until all books have been handed out.
Any leftover novels will be available for students to pick up at The Rediscovered Bookshop in Boise.
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