One Book South Dakota

Since 2003, the OBSD program has encouraged people across South Dakota to read and discuss the same book through the year.

Groups receive the current OBSD on loan from the SDHC lending library and host a SDHC scholar for their event. 

Click below to host a One Book South Dakota discussion, featuring the One Book South Dakota selection and a scholar to lead the discussion. 

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The 2019 One Book South Dakota is

2019 One Book South Dakota*

The 2019 One Book South Dakota is "Neither Wolf Nor Dog" by Minnesota author Kent Nerburn. 

Perhaps his most well-known book, "Neither Wolf Nor Dog" won the Minnesota Book Award and was made into a feature film in 2016.

"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.

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."

Nerburn is excited that the entire state's citizens will be reading and discussing his book, which is told from a multicultural perspective.

"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 others' eyes," he said. "I hope readers who share this journey 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."

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*This book title is available in alternative audio talking book format for those who can't read standard print due to a visual impairment, a physical impairment that prevents holding the materials and/or turning the pages, or a learning disability caused by an organic dysfunction. To register call 1-800-423-6665 or 605-773-3131 option 1 for Braille and Talking Book Library.