'Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder' named Nebraska book of year

Stew Magnuson's The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder: And Other True Stories from the Nebraska-Pine Ridge Border Towns is the 2009 Nebraska nonfiction book of the year, according to the Nebraska Center of the Book.

Graphic designer Lindsay Starr won best cover illustration for her work on the book.

"As a native Nebraskan, I'm really grateful for this honor," said Magnuson, who wrote the book from his grandparent's home near Stapleton.

Shortly after the book was published, it was reviewed in the North Platte Bulletin.

"A page-turning narrative history of 130 years of co-existence and conflicts," writer Linda Read Deeds said. "Tales of uneven justice permeate these pages."

Magnuson will accept the award at the Nebraska Book Festival in Lincoln Nov. 14 and discuss his work.

The award follows an award from ForeWord Magazine, which gave Magnuson a bronze in its regional nonfiction competition of books that were independently published.

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