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Celebrating Our 8th Season

One Book One Siouxland shares ideas and builds community through the experience of reading and discussing the same book, and viewing a film adaptation of the story. After a classic mystery in 2011 and a science fiction classic in 2012, the tri-state community-wide reading initiative presents Shane, a classic western by Jack Schaefer.

First published in 1949, Shane has sold over 12 million copies and been translated into 30 foreign languages. In 1985, the Western Writers of America named it the best Western novel ever written.

Sponsors for One Book One Siouxland include the Sioux City Public Library, the South Sioux City Public Library and the North Sioux City Community Library, in partnership with The Institute for Lifelong Learning, Western Iowa Tech Community College and Morningside College.

Financial support is provided by the Friends of the Sioux City Public Library
Comments or suggestions? E-mail us at onebook@onebookonesiouxland.org

Hats off to Matt Anderson at the Sioux City Public Musuem for a delightful glimpse at 1880s fashions. Matt gave us a better understanding of what the characters in Shane might have worn.

Readers discussed Shane at the Institute for Lifelong Learning book club at Western Iowa Tech Community College.

Dr. Jen Peterson, Morningside English Department, led a film screening and discussion of Shane.

Prairie poet and storyteller Marci Broyhill talked about the Outlaw Trail in Nebraska and the colorful characters who traveled it during Cowboy Poetry night.

South Sioux City Library Director Dave Mixdorf
discussed how Western literature has evolved through the decades from Zane Grey to Brokeback Mountain.

Musicians Mike Langley, Jack Langley, and Walter Peterson entertained a capacity crowd at the Betty Strong Encounter Center, playing western ballads and familiar tunes of the era.


"Siouxland" includes the geographic area where Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota meet,

including Sioux City, Iowa, South Sioux City, Neb., North Sioux City, S.D., and surrounding communities.

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