Month: March 2017
Ah, the season for talking, traveling, and generally coming out from under a rock has begun. The first emergence will be at the Black Hills Film Festival in Rapid City, South Dakota, where the director and some of the cast will be present at a showing of the film of Neither Wolf nor Dog. This will be an “old home” gathering. I’ve seen Steven, the director, since the film came out, but none of the actors. This is their time and the film’s time. You can consider me either “value added” or vestigial, depending on your wont.
I will be giving a talk centered around civility based on the film and the book. With luck, I will be able to gather some of the local Native elders to share how we understand each other and treat each other and what we need to learn about respect for different ways. This talk is on the 28th of April after the showing of the film. Here’s a link: https://www.blackhillsfilmfestival.org/
On my way back to the Twin Cities I will be making a stop at the Jeffers Petroglyphs in southern Minnesota to do a reading of the title piece from my most recent book, Voices in the Stones, about the visit I made there with my Tlingit friends, Raymond and Martin Sensmeier, when traveled together to Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, to do a presentation around my book, The Wolf at Twilight. This reading will be at noon on May 1st. http://www.mnhs.org/event/3277
On the 3rd of May I will be in St. Paul, Minnesota, to give a reading and talk on my most recent book, Voices in the Stones. This is an event put on by one of my favorite organizations, The Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality. I’ve done several programs here before, most recently with the wonderful activist folk singer, Larry Long. I consider this my most spiritually kindred venue and do so much look forward to seeing friends, old and new. Here’s where to get information on this event: http://wisdomwayscenter.org/kent-nerburn-readings-and-reflections-from-my-time-with-native-people.html
The 4th of June will find me at the Hay Literary Festival in Hay-on-Wye, Wales for the launch of the U.K. edition of Neither Wolf nor Dog. It will be a chance to renew my delightful and unlikely friendship with Robert Plant, who will share the stage with me in a discussion of the book and how it brought us together. I am hopeful that a few of my U.K. readers will make their way to this esteemed festival so I can put a face to the names of folks with whom I have communicated over the years. Here’s your link for the festival: https://www.hayfestival.com/portal/index.aspx?skinid=1&localesetting=en-GB.
And so it begins. Later in the year I will be in Canandaigua, New York and a few other spots. And my long-threatened kickstarter for my reprint of A Haunting Reverence, now to be titled, Native Echoes: Listening to the Spirit of the Land, is just over the horizon.
I haven’t been writing much on this site lately. For that, my apologies. I tend to use my website for more reflective pieces, and lately it has been “promotion time” due to the release of my new book, Voices in the Stones, and Steven Simpson’s film adaptation of Neither Wolf nor Dog.
I am no lover of promotion, either as a participatory experience or as a necessary component of the creative life. I am a writer; I like to stay back and observe, then bring forth my observations between the pages of a book. The tap dancing and dog and pony shows necessary to get works known has always been something I preferred to leave to others.
But the times are what they are.
A marketing savvy person I know once said, “You need to spend one month writing and eleven months promoting.” Another pr type told me, “You need to start promoting something the second you get the idea, at least a year before it is ever produced.”
All ye young-uns who want to go into the arts, consider those words carefully. The way of the world these days is that your willingness and ability to promote your art is more important than your capacity to make your art. I’m just saying. . .
Anyway, two alerts in this regard:
First, I will be reading at the downtown Powell’s Bookstore in Portland on the 14th of March. Powell’s is a phenomenon. It is the centerpiece of downtown Portland and the defining element of Portland’s cultural identity. It takes up an entire city block and is a destination for everyone who comes to this city. To get a reading there is no small thing. I need to beat the hustings to get folks to attend. Consider this message as one of those beatings. I hope to see you there if you live nearby.
Second, Steven’s film adaptation, which is really quite amazing in its own right, is doing well on unsteady legs as he tries single handedly to promote it into theaters. I’m attaching an interview that I did with my dear friend Katie Carter back in my ex-home town in northern Minnesota. Because she was a friend, it has a certain authenticity to it that I appreciate. Promotion ain’t so bad when you get to do it with friends. Here’s a link to the interview:
I’ll try to write more in the future, including some information on my new writing project for the UK publisher, Canongate, and my self-publishing effort to get my dearly beloved A Haunting Reverence back into print, now to be published under the title of Native Echoes: Listening to the Spirit of the Land.
Well, this is enough for now. Thanks for reading, and I’ll try not to be so much of a stranger.