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David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Winter Counts, January 9, 2022

David Heska Wanbli Weiden
Author of Winter Counts

Sunday, January 9, 2022, 3:30-4:30 p.m. (Note times.)
Virtual Presentation via Zoom videoconferencing

Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the Friends of the Needham Public Library

Weiden, an enrolled citizen of the Sicangu Lakota Nation, will discuss Winter Counts, his crime novel about Native Americans in today's world.

Winter Counts follows Lakota Virgil Wounded Horse, a local enforcer, as he becomes obsessed with finding, and stopping, whoever is flooding his South Dakota community, Rosebud Reservation, with dangerous drugs. Virgil is caught between his knowledge of Native ways and traditions, sorrow for his community's struggles, and his rage at the perpetrator.

Winter Counts has been called "... a Native thriller, an examination of the broken criminal justice system on reservations, and a meditation on Native identity". It was named a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, a Best Book of the Year by NPR, an Amazon Best Book of 2020, and a Deadly Pleasures magazine Barry Award winner, and garnered rave reviews too numerous to count.

Weiden teaches writing at Regis University and Cedar Crest College and writing workshops. He holds an MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts, a law degree from University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a PhD from the University of Texas, Austin. He is professor of Native American Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver and lives in Colorado.

The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register here. Registration will be open until 1:30 p.m. the day of the event. You will receive the Zoom link two days before and a reminder shortly before the presentation.



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