Former Dordt Professor James C. Schaap to Read from New Novel on Monday, March 26

Schaap’s new novel Looking for Dawn is a coming-of-age story of two half-sisters.

Sioux Center, Iowa: On March 26, Professor Emeritus James C. Schaap will read from his newly-published novel at 7 p.m. in SB 1606 in the Dordt College Science Building. Looking for Dawn is a coming-of-age story that centers around teenagers Dawn Burnett, a mixed-blood Lakota girl, and KayLee, an all-American white girl.

"Looking for Dawn, set in the unrelenting cold of the northern plains, is the story of 24 hours in the lives half-sisters who did not know each other and could not be more different; but sisters who come to recognize each other through the brokenness all around," Schaap writes.

This is not Schaap's first foray into writing about the Lakota tribe.  His last novel, Touches the Sky, is a work of historical fiction that explores tensions between the Lakota people and early Dutch settlers in South Dakota. Schaap is currently working on a biography of Marcella LeBeau, a 98-year-old World War II nurse from the Cheyenne River Reservation. 

James Schaap is the author of 23 book and several short stories, including award-winning works of fiction and non-fiction. Looking for Dawn is available on