Augustana Library Associates present author Dan O’Brien
O’Brien will read from his work, discuss his adventures as an author, and share his excitement as a conservationist using writing to help understand the world around us. O ’Brien’s use of literature to share his passion for the environment is timely, as is the selection of the book, Buffalo for the Broken Heart, as the 2009 One Book South Dakota.
One of the West's most celebrated writers, Dan O’Brien is the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction. His works include Spirit of the Hills; The Contract Surgeon, winner of the 2000 Western Heritage Award for Fiction; Buffalo for the Broken Heart; The Indian Agent; and a short story collection, Eminent Domain, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Award. O’Brien’s characters, both real and fiction, are “rendered with great imaginative sensitivity.”
In addition to being a writer, O’Brien is very much a rancher, and in recent years, a buffalo rancher, an experience he recounts in Buffalo for the Broken Heart. O’Brien discovered that “the symbiotic relationship between the animals and the prairie helped return his land to health.”
O’Brien “interweaves his own experiences with a history of the region and engaging portraits of his neighbors.” Whether he’s describing the grazing patterns of buffalo, a falcon home in on its prey, or the buffalo wallowing in the mud, O’Brien combines a novelist’s eye for detail with a naturalist’s understanding to create an enriching and engaging narrative.
An environmentalist, O’Brien has worked as an endangered-species biologist and an English teacher. He lives in Whitewood, SD, where he is part owner of the Wild Idea Buffalo Company, an enterprise providing pure, prime buffalo meat to stores and restaurants across the country.
Tickets will be available at the door. General admission is $6.00; Library Associates members $4.00; children and Augustana students are free. For information call the Mikkelsen Library at 605.274.4921.