Yankton Community Library will welcome Kent Nerburn, author of the 2019 One Book South Dakota selection “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15.

This special author event is made possible through the South Dakota Humanities Council and will offer an illuminating look at one of Nerburn’s most celebrated works of nonfiction. 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.

“Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder” chronicles the journey of Nerburn and a Lakota Elder named Dan. “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” explores a cast of memorable characters and poignant portraits of a gritty Midwest landscape. Nerburn’s often humorous tone also manages to delve deeply into the still-timely themes of spiritually and multiculturalism.

Published in 1995, “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” is a recipient of the Minnesota Book Award. It also became a feature film in 2016. The film will be shown at the library on Monday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. Also, Dr. Jamie Sullivan, a South Dakota Humanities scholar, will lead an additional discussion on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Originally from Minnesota, Nerburn is the author 16 books and received his doctorate in religious studies and art from the University of California at Berkley. He has been described as one of the few authors able to respectfully bridge the gap between Native and non-Native cultures.

Copies of “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” can be borrowed from the Yankton Community Library at the front desk, no library card required. Both the author event and the movie showing are open to everyone and are free of charge.

For questions, call the library at 605-668-5275 or email library@cityofyankton.org.

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