One Book Author Nerburn Touring South Dakota this month

BROOKINGS — Though he won’t be sitting next to Fatback in the back seat of Grover’s beat-up old car as he tours South Dakota this summer, Kent Nerburn’s 2019 One Book Tour does bear similarities to the journey that led him to write “Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder.”

He’ll cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time while meeting many people he’s never met and discussing a topic close to his heart: the spiritual beliefs and traditions of Native Americans. Nerburn might even have a chance to impart the words of wisdom he learned from a Native elder during the now-famous “Neither Wolf nor Dog” road trip.

Nerburn’s “Neither Wolf nor Dog,” the South Dakota Humanities Council’s 2019 One Book South Dakota, tells a story of three men — two Native (Grover and Dan), one white (Nerburn) — plus one dog (Fatback) who learn from and about each other during an eventful road trip through tribal landscapes. Much of the narrative is based on Nerburn’s conversations with an anonymous Native American elder “Dan,” who asked the author to help him tell his story.

The book, which won the Minnesota Book Award, is a classic amongst book club enthusiasts and those who appreciate learning more about Native American culture.

The South Dakota Humanities Council is a statewide non-profit created in 1972 to deliver humanities programming to South Dakotans. Since 2003, SDHC’s One Book program has encouraged people across South Dakota to read and discuss the same book through the year. Readers around the state, including those participating in SDHC-funded book club programs, will read and discuss Nerburn’s book leading up to the 2019 Festival of Books Oct. 3-6 in Deadwood, where he’ll be featured as the keynote speaker. 

As has become a tradition for One Book South Dakota authors, Nerburn will visit numerous communities to discuss the 2019 One Book. Nerburn’s tour starts in Watertown June 4 and concludes with an appearance in Yankton June 15.

Nerburn’s 2019 One Book South Dakota Author Tour dates are as follows:

June 4 - Watertown 7 p.m. – Watertown Regional Library, 160 6th St. NE 

June 5 - Sisseton 7 p.m. – Nicollet Tower Interpretive Center, 45356 SD Hwy. 10 June 6, Aberdeen 7 p.m. – K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library, 215 Southeast 4th Ave. 

June 7 - Timber Lake 5 p.m. Neither Wolf nor Dog film screening, 7 p.m. discussion – Timber Lake School Theater, 500 Main St.

June 8 - Spearfish 1:30 p.m. – High Plains Western Heritage Center, 825 Heritage Dr.

June 9 - Rapid City 2 p.m. – Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St.

June 10 - Custer 12 p.m. – Custer County Library, 447 Crook St, Suite 4 

June 10 - Kyle 5:30 p.m. – Oglala Lakota College Woksape Tipi Library & Archives, 490 Piya Wiconi Rd.

June 11- Lower Brule 12 p.m. – Lower Brule Community College, 111 Little Partisan Ln. 

June 12 - Pierre 7 p.m. – Capitol Lake Visitor Center, 650 E Capitol Ave. 

June 13 - Miller 12 p.m. – Hand County Library, 402 N Broadway Ave. 

June 13 - Brookings 7 p.m. – Brookings Public Library, 515 3rd St. 

June 14 - Sioux Falls 12 p.m. – Siouxland Libraries Downtown Library, 200 N Dakota Ave. 

June 14 - Sioux Falls 5 p.m. – Full Circle Book Co-op, 123 W. 10th St. 

June 15 - Yankton 2 p.m. – Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut St. 

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