Journalist's book is Neb. Book of the Year

The Nebraska Center of the Book announced Oct. 9 that Stew Magnuson’s “The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder: And Other True Stories from the Nebraska-Pine Ridge Border Towns” was the 2009 Nebraska Nonfiction Book of the Year.

In addition, graphic designer Lindsay Starr won best cover illustration for her work on the book.

Said Magnuson: “As a native Nebraskan, I’m really grateful for this honor.”

He will appear at the Nebraska Book Festival in Lincoln Nov. 14 to accept the award and discuss the work.

“The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder” is published by Texas Tech University Press under its Great Plains series, which is edited by University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor of history and journalism, John R. Wunder. It traces 130 years of shared history between two communities, the Oglala Lakotas of the Pine Ridge Reservation, S.D., and the border towns of Sheridan County.

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