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BHSU presents Alexandra Fuller books to local libraries

Spearfish High School librarian, Mrs. Auer, accepts a copy of Alexandra Fuller’s latest book, “The Legend of Colton H. Bryant,” from Dr. Amy Fuqua, director of the Honor’s Program at Black Hills State University. Steve Morford, Spearfish High School principal, was present for the book donation as well. High school students and community members are encouraged to read the book prior to Alexandra Fuller’s presentation at BHSU March 23. BHSU has also initiated an online book discussion about Fuller’s books on Facebook. For details visit

Black Hills State University recently presented Alexandra Fuller books to high school libraries in Spearfish, Belle Fourche, Sundance, Gillette, Sturgis, Lead, Deadwood and Rapid City in anticipation of Fuller’s presentation at BHSU this month.

The book, The Legend of Colton H. Bryant, was presented to the high schools to encourage students to read the book prior to Fuller’s visit to campus March 23. This book, set in Wyoming, tells the life story of a young man who works on the oil rigs on Wyoming’s high plains. Fuller says she was expecting the fierce weather and the roughnecks, the big skies and the industry men, but she wasn’t expecting to encounter someone like Colton H. Bryant, a soulful boy with a mustang-taming heart and blue eyes that’ll look right through you.

Students and community members are invited to attend Fuller’s presentation March 23 at 7 p.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Hall.  Fuller’s visit is sponsored by the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series at BHSU.

BHSU is sponsoring several events prior to Fuller’s visit to campus and is also encouraging people to post their thoughts about her books on a discussion thread on Facebook. See for details.

Fuller, an author who grew up in Africa and now lives in Wyoming, has written three award-winning books and has also written extensively for magazines and newspapers including The New Yorker and National Geographic. Her debut book, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2002, the 2002 Book Sense Best Non-fiction book, a finalist for the Guardian’s First Book Award and the winner of the 2002 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize. Her second book, Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier (2004), won the Ulysses Prize for the Art of Reportage. Her latest book, The Legend of Colton H. Bryant, was a 2008 Book Sense Pick.

Students and community members are also invited to join two additional events prior to Fuller’s presentation on campus. 

  • Tuesday, March 16: Book Discussion - Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood at Grace Balloch Memorial Library in Spearfish at 6:30 p.m.

    Dr. Amy Fuqua, director of the BHSU Honors Program, will lead the discussion.
  • Wednesday, March 17: Round-table discussion of works by Alexandra Fuller

    Honors Lounge (Jonas 103a) on the BHSU campus
    at 4 p.m.

The Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series at BHSU was established in 1986 by a gift endowment from Madeline Young, a 1924 alumna.

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