One Book One Sioux County a collaborative program among the 8 public and 3 academic libraries in Sioux County in an attempt at community building through community conversation.
In this annual endeavor people and libraries-both public and academic-across Sioux County read and discuss the same book. The libraries host book talks in their own towns throughout the year. In the fall a collaborative event is held at a central location. In the past this has been the author visiting and a panel discussion of people involved in the story.
One Book One Sioux County will host author S.M. Hulse on Thursday, November 5, 2020 via Zoom.
This year’s selection is Black River by S.M. Hulse.
When Wes Carver returns to Black River, he carries two things in the cab of his truck: his wife’s ashes and a letter from the prison parole board. The convict who held him hostage during a riot, twenty years ago, is being considered for release.
Wes has been away from Black River ever since the riot. He grew up in this small Montana town, encircled by mountains, and, like his father before him and most of the men there, he made his living as a Corrections Officer. A talented, natural fiddler, he found solace and joy in his music. But during that riot Bobby Williams changed everything for Wes — undermining his faith and taking away his ability to play.
How can a man who once embodied evil ever come to good? How can he pay for such crimes with anything but his life? As Wes considers his own choices and grieves for all he’s lost, he must decide what he believes and whether he can let Williams walk away.
About The Author
S. M. Hulse’s debut novel, Black River, was a PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction finalist, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, an ALA Notable Book, an ABA Indies Introduce title, an Indie Next pick, and winner of the Reading the West Book Award. She received her MFA from the University of Oregon and was a fiction fellow at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. An avid horsewoman, she has lived throughout the American West.
Book Clubs will discuss the book at the following times & places.
- September 14 & 15 – Rock Valley Public Library
- October 1 – Orange City Public Library
- October 19 – Sioux Center Public Library
One Book One Sioux County Selections by Year:
- 2019 – The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens – Watch the Q& A with author Allen Eskens
- 2018 – The Witness of Combines by Kent Meyer – Watch the panel discussion
- 2017 – The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland by Dan Barry – click here to view the video recording of the Panel Discussion featuring Clark Kauffman, Jane Hudson, Sue Gant, & Ronald Vos
- 2016 – Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger