One Book South Dakota Author to Speak at Downtown Library

Author Kent Nerburn will share his thoughts on race relations, cultural acceptance and other ideas crucial to co-existence on Friday, June 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library, 200 North Dakota Avenue.

His book, “Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder,” is told from a multicultural perspective, provides historical context for race relations in South Dakota and elsewhere while encouraging civil and thoughtful dialogue as readers reflect on the three main characters’ attempts to understand each other. 

"In 'Neither Wolf nor Dog,' I tell the story of three men — two Native and one non-Native — as we journey through a world too often hidden and too little understood, and struggle to see the world through each other’s eyes," Nerburn said. "I hope readers will learn something of our complex and difficult intertwined histories and reflect on what it means to go forward as common children of this common land."

To guarantee your seat, registration is required at or call 367-8700. If you cannot attend, please cancel your reservation as a courtesy to those on the wait list.

“Neither Wolf nor Dog” has been selected by One Book South Dakota 2019, a statewide program that encourages the people of South Dakota to read and discuss the same book throughout the year.

Nerburn will also be speaking in October during the South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood.

The South Dakota Humanities Council coordinates the One Book South Dakota program with the South Dakota Festival of Books and Speakers Bureau.

For more information, please call the Downtown Library, 367-8700 or visit

If an ADA accommodation is needed, please contact the Human Relations Office at 605‑367‑8745 (voice), 605-367-7039 (TTY) or at least 72 hours before the event.

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