David Heska Wanbli Weiden

David Heska Wanbli Weiden

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David Heska Wanbli Weiden, an enrolled citizen of the Sicangu Lakota nation, is the author of the novel Winter Counts (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2020), winner of the Anthony, Thriller, Barry, Lefty, Macavity, Spur, and Tillie Olsen Awards. The novel was also nominated for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, the Shamus, Dashiell Hammett Prize, Colorado Book Award, High Plains, and the VCU Cabell First Novel Award. Winter Counts was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, an Indie Next pick, and was named a Best Book of 2020 by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Amazon, NPR, and ten other publications. The book was also selected as an Amazon Best Mystery and Thriller of the year, Best Noir Fiction and Best Debut of the Year as well as a Notable Selection for Best Crime Novel by CrimeReads. The novel was a main selection of the Book of the Month Club and was the November selection for the BuzzFeed Book Club. Weiden is also the author of the children’s book Spotted Tail (Reycraft Books, 2019), winner of the 2020 Spur Award and finalist for the Colorado Book Award. He’s published work in the New York Times, Shenandoah, Yellow Medicine Review, Transmotion, and other magazines. He was a MacDowell Fellow, a Tin House Scholar, and was awarded the PEN/America Writing for Justice Fellowship. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and teaches writing for the MFA program at Regis University. He's Professor of Native American Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and lives in Colorado with his family. Learn more at DavidWeiden.com.
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