One Book Author Nerburn Touring South Dakota June 4-15

Meet Kent Nerburn, Discuss 'Neither Wolf nor Dog' with Him

Though he won't be sitting next to Fatback in the back seat of Grover's beat-up old Buick 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 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.

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 with an appearance in Watertown June 4 and concludes with an appearance in Yankton June 15.


At most stops, Nerburn will discuss his work, answer questions, and sign books; if the presentation format will be different, that is indicated.

  • Tuesday, June 4, Watertown 7 p.m. – Watertown Regional Library, 160 6th St NE (Coordinator – Maria Gruener, 605-882-6220)

  • Wednesday, June 5, Sisseton 7 p.m. – Nicollet Tower Interpretive Center, 45356 SD Hwy 10 (Coordinator – Sandi Jaspers, 605-268-0006)

  • Thursday, June 6, Aberdeen 7 p.m. – K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library, 215 Southeast 4th Ave (Coordinator - Cara Romeo, 605-626-7097)

  • Friday, June 7, Timber Lake 5 p.m. Neither Wolf nor Dog film screening, 7 p.m. discussion – Timber Lake School Theater, 500 Main St (Coordinator – Kathy Nelson, 605-865-3546)

  • Saturday, June 8, Spearfish 1:30 p.m. – High Plains Western Heritage Center, 825 Heritage Drive (Coordinator – Joanna Jones, 605-450-0121)

  • Sunday, June 9, Rapid City 2 p.m. – Rapid City Public Library (Downtown), 610 Quincy St (Coordinator – Janet Parr, 605-394-6139)

  • Monday, June 10, Custer 12 p.m. – Custer County Library, 447 Crook St, Suite 4 (Coordinator – Doris Ann Mertz, 605-673-4803)

  • Monday, June 10, Kyle 5:30 p.m. –Oglala Lakota College Woksape Tipi Library & Archives, 490 Piya Wiconi Rd (Coordinator – Michelle May, 605-455-6064)

  • Tuesday, June 11, Lower Brule 12 p.m. – Lower Brule Community College, 111 Little Partisan Ln (Coordinator – Natalie Anderson, 605-473-9232)

  • Wednesday, June 12, Pierre 7 p.m. – Capitol Lake Visitor Center, 650 E Capitol Ave (Coordinator – Dorinda Daniel, 605-773-6006)

  • Thursday, June 13, Miller 12 p.m. – Hand County Library, 402 N Broadway Ave (Coordinator – Ray Caffee, 605-853-3593)

  • Thursday, June 13, Brookings 7 p.m. – Brookings Public Library, 515 3rd St (Coordinator – Ashia Gustafson, 605-692-9407)

  • Friday, June 14, Sioux Falls 12 p.m. – Siouxland Libraries Downtown Library, 200 N Dakota Ave (Coordinator – Amber Fick, 605-367-8703)

  • Friday, June 14, Sioux Falls 5 p.m. – Full Circle Book Co-op, 123 W. 10th St. (Coordinator – Jason Kurtz, 605-212-8914)

  • Saturday, June 15, Yankton 2 p.m. – Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut St (Coordinator – Dana Schmidt, 605-668-5275)

About Kent Nerburn and the One Book

A two-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award, Nerburn is the author of 14 books on spiritual values and Native American themes, including "Letters to My Son," "Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce" and, most recently, "Dancing with the Gods."

"For several years I worked on the Red Lake Ojibwe reservation helping students collect the memories of the tribal elders," Nerburn said. "This changed my life and introduced me to the native spiritual traditions that have become so central to the message in my writings."

"Neither Wolf nor Dog" was made into a feature film in 2016. Nerburn is excited that the entire state's citizens will be reading and discussing his book. "I am humbled to have my unique literary child, 'Neither Wolf nor Dog,' chosen as the one book South Dakota selection for 2019," Nerburn said. "A Native elder once counseled me: 'You should always teach by story, because stories lodge deep in the heart.'"

Born and raised near Minneapolis, Nerburn earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Minnesota in American Studies. He went on to study humanities and religious studies at Stanford University before earning a doctorate in religious studies and art at the University of California at Berkeley. Originally a sculptor, Nerburn became a writer to reach broader audiences with his work. After spending 25 years in northern Minnesota, Nerburn and his wife now live near Portland, Ore.

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