Spokane writer wins major literary award

Spokane writer wins major literary award
Few Complaints Mask Discontent with Dallas Police Department
nEgan won the fiction prize for “Manhattan Beach,” her novel set in New York City in the mid-20th century. Alexie won in nonfiction for “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir.” The American Library Association announced the selections Sunday night during its annual midwinter meeting, held this year in Denver.

The Carnegie medals were established in 2012. Previous winners include Colson Whitehead, Donna Tartt and Doris Kearns Goodwin.

New York – Local writer Sherman Alexie is one of two winners of the 2018 winners of the Carnegie Medal for literary excellence.

The low complaint numbers could indicate a problem in the community’s relationship with officers, said Ron Davis, former director of community oriented policing services at the Justice Department. The federal government has reformed the complaint systems in the almost two dozen police departments it has supervised after various legal or community troubles.

Alexie won for his nonfiction book “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir.” For fiction, Jennifer Egan won the prize for “Manhattan Beach,” her novel set in New York City in the 1950s.

But a closer look suggests that the apparent success may stem from the complaint system itself, which makes it so hard for people to complain that many do not try or give up. Those who persist confront a host of built-in obstacles, including vague or nonexistent instructions, confusion about complaint forms, incorrect phone numbers and a mysterious investigation process where decisions often go unannounced and are difficult to appeal.

Alexie is a Spokane-Coeur d’Alene novelist, short story writer and poet who now lives in Seattle with his wife and children. He recently won a 2018 Pacific Northwest Book Award for the same book.

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