The Jamestown College Convocation Committee will host author and North Dakota native Brenda K. Marshall for “Dakota, Or What’s a Heaven For: Writing about 19th Century Dakota Territory in the 21st Century” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 in Voorhees Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.
Marshall will read from her novel, Dakota, Or What’s a Heaven For, and discuss her experiences in today’s publishing world.
Set in late 19th Century Dakota Territory, the book interweaves the stories of politicians, railroad executives, bonanza farmers and homesteaders. At the center is a love story that highlights the gendered, ethnic and economic dimensions of the myth of independence that accompanied the settling of the west.
Marshall holds a Ph.D. in English and teaches part-time in the English department at the University of Michigan.
Marshall is the first of three authors visiting Jamestown College this fall. New York Times award-winning children’s book author and illustrator – and former Jamestown College student – Barbara McClintock will speak on Oct. 11, and Roxana Saberi (Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran) will give the keynote address at Jamestown College’s annual Character in Leadership Conference on Nov. 10.