Join David Heska Wanbli Weiden, an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota nation, as he discusses his debut thriller, Winter Counts, with Kasey Jernigan. Publishing on August 25, and heralded on numerous “most anticipated of 2020” lists, Winter Counts received rave reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist. It is a Native thriller, an examination of the broken criminal justice system on reservations, and a meditation on Native identity, offering a rare look at the interplay of heritage and laws, through a contemporary and compelling story.

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Winter Counts is both a propulsive crime novel and a wonderfully informative book. David Heska Wanbli Weiden has written the first of what I hope is a series of books about life on Rosebud Reservation. Virgil Wounded Horse, his nephew Nathan, and Marie Short Bear are more than characters; they brim with intrigue and authentic life.”—Louise Erdrich, winner of the National Book Award for fiction and author of The Night Watchman

“Weiden’s series launch sheds much-needed light on the legal and societal barriers facing Native Americans while also delivering a suspenseful thriller that builds to a bloody climax. A worthy addition to the burgeoning canon of indigenous literature.”—Library Journal

Book Cover of Winter Counts

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