Author will be guest at bookstore, USD lit class

Author will be guest at bookstore, USD lit class Author Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve will be featured at The University of South Dakota on Monday, Nov. 22 in the Coyote Student Center.

USD Book and Supply will host a reading from her Completing the Circle and a booksigning at noon. Sneve will read and discuss The Trickster and the Troll in the Rushmore Rooms of the Coyote Student Center at 2 p.m.

Completing the Circle, which traces the lives of women in Sneve's ancestry, received a 1995 prepublication Native American Prose Award from the University of Nebraska Press. The Trickster and the Troll, a creative blending of the oral narratives of the Lakota trickster and the Norwegian troll, won a Golden Spur Award from the Western Writers of America in 1998.

Sneve began publishing prose fiction and essays based on her Lakota heritage in the early 1970s.

According to USD Professor Norma Wilson, whose Native American literature class is hosting one of the author's presentations, said her work "always emerges from the lived reality of our people."

"Her writing has made an exemplary contribution to cross-cultural understanding and to improving cultural relationships in our state and the in nation as a whole," said Wilson.

Born on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in 1933, Sneve completed a bachelor of science degree in English and history at South Dakota State College (University) in 1954 and a M.Ed. in education and guidance at SDSU in 1969. Until her recent retirement, she worked as a counselor at Rapid City Central High School and was an adjunct instructor of English at Oglala Lakota College, Rapid City Extension.

Sneve's visit is sponsored by the South Dakota Humanities Council and the USD Department of English.

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