Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies
Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies

Winter in the Blood

In conjunction with the screening of Winter in the Blood at this year’s Austin Film Festival, the Texas Institute for Literary & Textual Studies (TILTS) welcomes author and filmmaker Sherman Alexie to UT Austin for a panel discussion on “Adapting Ethnicity.” Alexie, one of the Associate Producers of the film, will join directors and writers Alex and Andrew Smith, writer Ken White, and cast members Lily Gladstone, Chaske Spencer, and Dana Wheeler-Nicholson to explore the complexities of reading race in literature and film, writing and casting characters of color, and adapting culture and cultural representations for the big screen. Lois Welch will also be in attendance to talk about her husband James Welch's work.

Alexie has won a National Book Award for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the PEN/Hemingway Award for The Lone Ranger & Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1993), a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, the Pushcart Prize, and the PEN/Malamud Award, to name a few. In addition to Winter in the Blood, his film credits include Smoke Signals (1998), a critically acclaimed movie inspired by his short story "This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona." With a style that has been described as “emotionally spring-loaded, linguistically gymnastic, and devastatingly funny," Alexie captures both the trauma and dignity of contemporary Native American life.

The “Adapting Ethnicity” panel will take place on Monday, October 28, at 4:30 PM at the Texas Union Theatre. Domino Perez, associate professor of English and co-director of TILTS, will moderate. A reception will follow in the Santa Rita Suite of the Texas Union (UNB 3.502). Doors open at 4:00 PM. Seating is limited so please arrive early.


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