Writer, Comedian, Native Human

Something about the First Unitarian Universalist Center befits a literary hero. Proclaiming itself "San Francisco's home for the liberal spirit," the church is organized not around any creed but according to the belief that "the ultimate meaning of our lives can never be permanently reduced to a brief written statement." Its mission is "to be a sanctuary for individual religious growth and learning, to celebrate life and worship in diverse fellowship, to bear witness to suffering and joy, and to work for peace and justice in our world." In its rooms, an author's work becomes as much about harboring the human experience as about mastery of words. So the setting could not be more appropriate for Sherman Alexie, much of whose writing draws from his experience growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. His classic story collection The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven was published 20 years ago and has recently been reissued with a new introduction by the author. Also, a collection of new and selected stories, Blasphemy, is just out in paperback. Both books and preferred seating come with the $40 VIP ticket; general admission is $18.

Tue., Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., 2013
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