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South Dakota

Where Readers and Writers Rendezvous

September 24 – 26, 2010

S i o u x Fa l l s , S o u t h D a k o t a w w w. s d b o o k f e s t i v a l . c o m

Rich Murphy

Contents 6 Welcome 7 Events Map 8 Our Rhythms: A Tribute to Poetry

Sponsored by We the People

9 Our World: A Tribute to Non-Fiction

Sponsored by South Dakota Public Broadcasting

10 Our Youth: A Tribute to Children’s Literature

Sponsored by Siouxland Libraries

11 Our Fantasies: A Tribute to Fiction and Storytelling

Sponsored by Avera

12 Our Creativity: A Tribute to Writer’s Support Sponsored by the South Dakota Arts Council 13 Our Culture: A Tribute to History and Tribal Writing

Sponsored by the Brass Family Foundation

14 Schedule of Events 19 Exhibitors at Exhibitors’ Hall 20 Presenters For more information visit or call us at (605) 688-6113. Time and presenters listed are subject to change. Changes will be announced on and will be included in the Festival Survivor’s Guide, a handout available at the Exhibitors’ Hall information desk in the Holiday Inn International Rooms. 3



he city of sioux falls is pleased to

welcome you once again to our community for the eighth annual South Dakota Festival of Books. Thank you to the Center for the Book, located within the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and to the organizers, sponsors, and volunteers who make this book festival possible. Each year thousands of people converge on the annual South Dakota Festival of Books, and we promise that you will find our local venues to be top-notch for this family friendly event. While in Sioux Falls, I encourage you to visit our namesake, the beautiful Falls of the Big Sioux River, our vibrant downtown, and SculptureWalk. Our city is also a shopper’s mecca to over seven million people a year who come from several states and who contribute greatly to the success of our merchants and our economy. I hope your visit to our community will be most enjoyable. Happy reading! Sincerely,

Mike T. Huether, Mayor

Advertiser listing Augustana College..................................20


Black Hills State University.................... 17

S.D. Agricultural Heritage Museum........ 15

Bloomsbury USA.......................................4

S.D. Art Museum.....................................16

The Book Shop........................................ 25

S.D. Community Foundation...................18

Center for Western Studies......................23

S.D. Historical Society Press . ..................2

Country Congregations...........................24

S.D. Public Broadcasting..........................5

The Dakota Vine......................................26

S.D. State University...............................18

Hampton Inn...........................................14

Sioux Falls CVB......................................22

Harper Collins........................................ 31

South Dakotans for the Arts.....................23

Life on the Farm & Ranch.......................29

University of Nebraska Press..................28

Mount Marty........................................... 25

University of Oklahoma Press................. 27

Mount Rushmore History Association..... 27

University of Sioux Falls......................... 21

One-Room Country School......................30

University of S.D. English Dept............... 21

Outdoor Campus..................................... 25

Zandbroz Variety..................................... 21

Prairie Pages Bookseller......................... 27 4 • South Dakota Festival of Books


Immigration Conversations at the Multicultural Center Sept. 24 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Drawn to the Land: Homesteading Dakota & South Dakota Immigrants SD Historical Society Museum Exhibit 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Underground America Peter Orner 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Egypt/U.S. Big Read Showcase Foreign Exchange Students from Cairo, Egypt 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m The Stavig Letters John & Jane Rasmussen, Gary Westgard 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Denied, Detained, Deported Ann Bausum 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. God Grew Tired of Us Film Screening Refreshments provided by the Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons.

The Festival Continues! Please join us on September 29 – 30 to welcome the chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities to South Dakota. As part of the tri-state Civility Tour, James Leach will speak on Bridging Cultures in Vermillion and Sioux Falls. Visit for more information.

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Join US


can’t believe it is time again for the South Dakota Festival of Books. It all started with a vision eight years ago and from there it grew. Each year brings so much — national award winning authors, familiar South Dakota poets and debut novelists, literary critics, food demonstrations and bands that rock to a literary beat. The 2010 festival allows us to highlight our first ever thematic approach to cultural programming. You will still find enlightening words, probing questions and disagreements as authors and readers interact. What has changed is an intentional focus on humanities programs and authors whose writings explore immigration and its impact on our state. This year’s lineup is infused with unique perspectives in an all-new immigration track. Narratives from various continents are captured as they play out in the United States by award-winning authors such as Dave Eggers, Frank Delaney, David Laskin, Jacqueline Dembar Greene, Susan Abulhawa, Thrity Umrigar, Jimmy Santiago Baca and Valzhyna Mort. At the Multicultural Center on Friday, a Speakers Bureau selection illustrates the correspondence between two brothers after one emigrates from Norway in The Stavig Letters, author Ann Bausum speaks about our government’s mercurial relationship with the “huddled masses” and a museum exhibit showcases the immigrant experience of early South Dakotans. We encourage you to continue this discussion in your community. Whether you’re a librarian, museum curator, or member of a service or book club, we offer reading and film packages that center on six subsections of the immigration issue. We also encourage you to read and discuss this year’s One Book South Dakota selection What is the What. At the festival, get a closeup view of the Sudanese Lost Boys’ journey as NPR’s Deborah Amos interviews author Dave Eggers and Valentino Achak Deng, whose story is told in the book. Please consider joining us for the 2010 South Dakota Festival of Books, September 24-26 in Sioux Falls. And travel ahead with us as the Festival focuses on American Indian cultures in Deadwood, October 7-9, 2011. Sincerely,

Sherry DeBoer Executive Director for the South Dakota Humanities Council

Sioux Falls Festival of Books Event Locations Barnes & Noble (3700 West 41st Street) 605-362-1500 Holiday Inn City Centre (100 W 8th Street) 605-339-2000 • Ambassador • Burgundy’s • Embassy I • Embassy II • Embassy III • International Rooms • Starlite Room Multi-Cultural Center (515 North Main Ave.) 605-367-7400 Orpheum (315 North Phillips Ave.) 605-367-4616 • Main Theater • Anne Zabel Studio Theater • Classroom Siouxland Library Downtown (200 North Dakota Ave.) 605-367-8720 • Meeting Room A • Meeting Room B • Conference Room • Program Room Washington Pavilion (301 S Main Ave) 605-367-6000 • Everist Gallery Zandbroz Variety (209 South Phillips Ave.) 605-331-5137


Please abide by the following guidelines to make this event enjoyable for all. No soliciting or distribution of flyers, literature, etc., of any kind at any festival venue without prior consent. No videotaping or tape recording. Turn cell phones and pagers off during presentations. The S.D. Festival of Books, its sponsors or venues, are not responsible for lost or stolen items. 7

Our Rhythms

A Tribute to Poetry.

BOUNTIFUL HARVEST A Harvest of Words: Contemporary South Dakota Poetry, is the first anthology of its kind. “I see this collection as a snapshot of poetic life as it currently exists in South Dakota,” says Patrick Hicks, editor and contributor. The compilation, published by the Center for Western Studies, features writers with deep connections to South Dakota, including festival presenters David Allan Evans, Allison Hedge Coke, Leo Dangel, Jim Reese, and Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve. Some were born and raised in South Dakota, while others decided later in life to make South Dakota home. The topics range from life in foreign countries to strolls through the prairie. “It’s an exciting collection and I’m very proud of the result,” Hicks says. “Poetry is thriving in this state, and if that’s not a good thing I don’t know what it is.” We the People is an NEH program designed to encourage and enhance the teaching, study, and understanding of American history, culture, and democratic principles. 8 • South Dakota Festival of Books


Jimmy Santiago Baca

Poetry as Salvation

bandoned by his parents at age two, Jimmy Santiago Baca was r aised by h is g r a ndmother in New Mexico for several years, then placed in an orphanage. He began living on the streets at age 13 with little education or money, and eventually landed in a maximum security prison on drug charges at 21. Baca turned his life around during his five years in prison. He taught himself to read and write and found a passion for poetry. In his memoir, A Place to Stand, Baca tells how poetry saved him from becoming a murderer. During an altercation in prison, Baca stood over another convict with a weapon, ready to kill him. Suddenly he heard the voices of poets Pablo Neruda and Federico García Lorca. “They were praising life as sacred and challenging me: How can you kill and still be a poet?” Baca remembers. At that point he chose to leave prison as a writer rather than stay there as a murderer. At the urging of a fellow inmate, Baca sent three poems to Denise Le-

vertov, poetry editor of Mother Jones. The poems were published in his first book, Immigrants in Our Own Land & Selected Early Poems, in 1979, the year he was released from prison. Baca earned his GED later that year and has devoted his life to teaching others who are overcoming hardship. He writes about American Southwest barrios, addiction, injustice, education, community and love. He founded Cedar Tree, Inc., in 2005, a non-profit organization that provides free instruction, books, writing material and scholarships to deprived communities, prisons, detention centers and schools. Baca has taught thousands of people how to read and write, guiding them to a more positive existence. Baca believes writing can change people’s lives. “Writing helps anyone and everyone enrich their lives by simply activating the brain to engage in someone else’s imagination,” he says. “Writing turns one’s life upside down, inside out, and on and on. It’s quite fun and hilarious to see one’s reflection in the mirror after reading a good book of poems. You don’t look the same, you seem different.”

Our World A Tribute to Non-Fiction.


The Lost Boys

av e Egger s’ b o ok , What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng, is a fictionalized memoir based on Deng’s life as a refugee from the second Sudanese civil war (1983-2005). The war killed 1.9 million civilians in southern Sudan and forced over 4 million people, including Deng, to f lee their homes. Deng left his village at the age of seven with thousands of other children

Dave Eggers

and trekked hundreds of miles on foot. They became known as Lost Boys and were pursued by militias, government bombers, and wild animals. In 2001, Deng became one of 4,000 Sudanese refugees who were granted sanctuary in the United States. Eggers met Deng through Mary Williams, founder of the Lost Boys Foundation in Atlanta. In October 2002, Williams asked Eggers to meet some of the Lost Boys. She thought Eggers could become involved in the foundation by helping Deng write his

autobiography. Eggers explains that Deng was not proficient enough in English to write the book alone, but felt strongly that what had happened in the war needed to be documented. In 2003, Eggers and Deng began recording Deng’s story. They had countless telephone conversations, personal meetings and e-mail exchanges. The two even traveled to Sudan, where Deng revisted his home village, which was burned to the ground repeatedly during the war. As Eggers gathered material for the book, Sudan’s People’s Liberation Army and the Sudanese government began negotiating for peace. Sadly, during negotiations, the first killings occurred in Darfur. “Perhaps people will read this and understand more about Darfur,” Deng says. South Dakota legislators learned about the issue during the 2010 legislative session when they passed a divestment bill restricting state investments in companies significantly involved in Sudan. Eggers and Deng decided that all earnings from What is the What would help the Sudanese community. The Valentino Achak Deng Foundation was formed in the fall of 2006 to provide better educational opportunities for the Sudanese in Southern Sudan and in the United States. Proceeds from Eggers’ book have already funded the construction of a school in Deng’s hometown of Marial Bai. The Marial Bai Secondary School, which opened in May 2009, is the first fullyfunctional high school in the region. It serves 500 children and holds evening classes in adult literacy that are open to everyone in the village of 7,500.

LIBRARIANS as SUPERHEROES? Marilyn Johnson has composed the obits of celebrities like Princess Di and Johnny Cash. When researching her first book, The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and The Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries, she found the most interesting obituaries were those of librarians. Her most recent book is This Book is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All. It has had a tremendous response from librarians who have seen it as “a validation of the profession” and a fresh look at librarians “who are adapting to technology with creativity and purpose.” No doubt they appreciate how Johnson has debunked the stereotype of the uptight librarian. Johnson rode in a bookmobile to her first signing with a sign that read, “I (heart) tattooed librarians!” “We might regret this new image, too, but it’s way more fun,” Johnson says.

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Our Youth

A Tribute to Children’s Literature.

Teaching Tolerance and Diversity Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve’s book, The Trickster and the Troll, weaves traditions from her Lakota heritage and her husband’s Norwegian background. Published in 1999, teachers still use The Trickster and the Troll to create awareness of our multicultural nation. The story is one of lost culture. The Lakota trickster and Norse troll form an unlikely friendship and help each other preserve their native ways as people settle across America. Both are unwanted by their families until a new generation becomes nostalgic for a way they never knew. Sneve was born and raised on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. An educator and author, her first book was released in 1972. Sneve has since published 26 books, numerous short stories, articles and poems.

Jacqueline Dembar Greene


History Becomes ‘Her Story’

hildren can be lured away from video games, television, or computer keyboards. Jacqueline Dembar Greene has captured their attention with historical fiction. “I find that young people are eager to read stories set in past times. It draws on their interests in fantasy or science fiction because it shows people living in a time that now only exists in readers’ imaginations,” Greene says. “Young audiences are intrigued when I explain how their daily lives will soon be part of history.” Greene drew from her childhood in Connecticut when writing Secrets at Camp Nokomis, the seventh in The Rebecca Books series created for the well-known brand American Girl. The book features Rebecca Rubin, a 9-year-old daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants. Rebecca spends a week at a summer camp in this story

set in 1916 New York. Greene says the word history could easily be “her story.” She placed Camp Nokomis at a summer camp to show how society was changing its attitude about girls and young women, general health and fitness and human’s relationship with nature. In researching The Rebecca Books, Greene visited New York City with a team from American Girl. “We walked the streets that would have been part of Rebecca’s world,” she told Children’s Literature. “We toured the cramped apartments preserved by the Tenement Museum, were invited into a period apartment like Rebecca’s fictional one, and toured the Coney Island Museum.” Greene has also hiked the desert in the American Southwest, climbed remote Mayan pyramids in Mexico, and explored the Costa Rican rain forest — all to help make her characters come alive for children.

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See Prairie Bud Winner Peter Brown at the Festival Each year, young readers from across the state determine the Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque award winners for children’s literature. Prairie Bud winners are chosen by South Dakota kindergarten, first and second grade students. The Fabulous Bouncing Chowder, written and illustrated by Peter Brown, is the 2010 Prairie Bud winner. Children’s book awards are sponsored by the S.D. Library Association.

Our Fantasies A Tribute to Fiction and Storytelling.

hrity Umrigar bega n w r it i ng at a n ea rly age. She remembers craf ting poems to her parents when she felt w ronged by them and anonymously pinning the poems to their closet. Umrigar learned early that writing was “a good way to get rid of pent-up feelings.” She realized writing was her calling at the age of 14. She remembers sitting in her living room and composing a long poem called The Old Man, feeling it come out of her as though someone was dictating it. Umrigar was recently asked in an interview if her writing still comes that way. “Most of the time the writing flows pretty easily, thank God,” Umrigar said. “And occasionally there is that sense of it being dictated to me.” Those are moments of transcendence that many writers live for. Umrigar was born in Bombay, India, moved to the United States at the age of 21 and began graduate school at Ohio State University. Much of her inspiration comes from her childhood and travels to India, but she gets ideas for her novels from multiple sources. “Sometimes a novel starts with an image or a line that keeps haunting me,” says Umrigar. One novel was inspired by a story that a reader shared with her at a book fair. Umrigar has written four novels

set in India, the first three with Parsis — political refugees from Persia who settled in India 900 years ago — as main characters. Her latest book, The Weight of Heaven, tells the story of an American couple whose marriage deteriorates after the death of their seven-year-old son. When offered the opportunity to move from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Girbaug, India, they see it as the change they need. Eventually the couple discovers India is nothing like they imagined, and they find grief rather than refuge. Publisher’s Weekly’s review of The Weight of Heaven describes it as digging “into the effects of grief on a relationship and the many facets of culture clash — especially American capitalism’s impact Thrity Umrigar on a poor country.” When asked what she would like South Dakotans to know about India, Umrigar was quick to point out that Americans have nothing to fear about India. “It is a big, diverse country much like the U.S. and despite its new-found prosperity, it remains a very poor country,” she says. Umrigar lives in Cleveland and teaches creative writing, journalism and literature at Case Western Reserve University. She writes freelance pieces for the Washington Post and the Cleveland Plain Dealer and contributes regularly to the Boston Globe’s book pages. Robert Muller


No Refuge for Grief

Irish Drama Born in Tipperary, Ireland, Frank Delaney is writing a series of novels exploring Ireland’s recent history. The newest, Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show, looks at theatre and politics in the early 1930s. As a boy, Delaney loved the roaming vaudeville shows that came to the towns and villages. He also has a lifelong love of politics, including the theatrics of the strutting personalities. “The twinning of a roadshow with a huge and important election seemed like a good fit,” he says. The show stars a ventriloquist’s doll who becomes a candidate in the election. The doll’s name? “Blarney,” of course. Delaney has interviewed more than 3,000 writers for his international television and radio shows and authored 21 bestselling books. The sequel to Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show, The Matchmaker of Kenmare, will be released in February 2011.

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Our Creativity A Tribute to Writer’s Support

Finding Creativity Through Performance You might not envision rock stars giving book festival presentations, but Debra Marquart defies the bookworm stereotype. The poet and author was a rock musician in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Her past inspired The Hunger Bone: Rock & Roll Stories and her memoir, The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere. Marquart is an English professor at Iowa State University and the University of Southern Maine. She encourages students to blend poems with other art forms, like dance and music. Marquart combines her musical and literary talents performing with a jazz-poetry rhythm and blues project, The Bone People. They have released an acoustic rock CD titled Orange Parade and a jazz-poetry CD titled Regular Dervish.

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Michael Dirda

A Love of Reading Makes for Better Writing


ichael Dirda encourages youth to befriend books. “When you are young, just read, read as much as you can, read everything,” he says. But as you mature, what matters most is how you read. You should not only read, but reread. How can rereading be useful? “The first time through a novel, you’re caught up with the plot — as you should be,” says Dirda. During subsequent readings, you’re able to appreciate the artistry, savor details, and see more clearly how the book is put together. This assumes that the writer understands the basics of grammar and the elements of style, Dirda explains. “After that, to write well is essentially a matter of character. You must be willing to accept disappointment and refine your technique through hard work and perseverance.” Dirda’s most recent collection of essays, Classics for Pleasure, offers his personal take on well-known favorites and more obscure offerings. “Classics extends the range of what most people think of as a great

book,” Dirda says. “I try to write about the slightly less familiar classics, not just those that are canonical but also those that are masterworks of popular fiction.” He believes that by not reading the classics people miss wonderful books that may speak to them more powerfully than many contemporary titles. “To read only the books of one’s own time seems like going to an art gallery and closing your eyes to all the pictures painted before you were born.” Dirda received a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Cornell University and has written for the Washington Post since 1973. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for criticism and has shared his knowledge and love for the written word as a reviewer and columnist for the Washington Post Book World. Two collections of Dirda’s literary journalism have been published — Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments and Bound to Please. He has also written Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life, and the autobiographical An Open Book: Coming of Age in the Heartland.

Our Culture A Tribute to History and Tribal Writing.

Turning a Cold Trail Hot


ampton Sides was a six-year-old in Memphis when Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in April 1968. While he doesn’t remember much about the tragedy, he wanted to find out why it happened and learn more about the assassin. In his latest book, Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International

Hampton Sides

Hunt for His Assassin, Sides traces the alter egos of James Earl Ray from escape to conviction for King’s murder. Sides is an American historian, author, and editor-at-large for Outside magazine. He has written for National Geographic, The New Yorker, Esquire, the Washington Post, and other periodicals. His journalistic background allowed him to approach the story as narrative history, creating biographical sketches of Ray and King in the months before the shooting.

While researching, Sides met B. Venson Hughes, a retired Memphis policeman who was the dispatcher the night King was killed. Hughes has digitized over 20,000 documents, recordings and photographs documenting the largest manhunt ever undertaken at the time. Hughes’ collection includes crime scene photos, Scotland Yard documents and notes handwritten by Ray. “Most were unpublished and had never seen the light of day,” Sides says. “Hellhound on His Trail was the first book that was able to make use of it.” The collection allowed Sides to set aside opinion and put together the narrative using pieces of history. King’s assassination created the largest civil disturbance in American history, sparking five days of riots in over 100 U.S cities. “It drove a deeper wedge between the races,” says Sides. Even today, while visiting with African Americans on recent book tours, he discovered many are still suspicious of the United States government and do not believe James Earl Ray was guilty. Sides’ previous American history books include Ghost Soldiers, which chronicles the rescue of the Bataan Death March survivors during World War II. The book was the basis for the Hollywood film The Great Raid. Sides also established an endowment fund meant to support archives, museums and memorials to Bataan and Corregidor survivors. His book Blood and Thunder is about the life of Kit Carson and his role in developing the American West. Time magazine named it one of the 10 best books of 2006.

Conversations with Living History David Laskin’s most recent book, The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War, tells the story of 12 European men who emigrated to America and then returned to Europe as soldiers in World War I. They were among the 500,000 immigrants that comprised 20 percent of America’s fighting force. Laskin interviewed two World War I veterans in 2006. In an article he wrote for History News Network, Laskin explained how the interviews deeply colored his understanding of the era and shaped the narrative of the book. He came away with a sense of what it was like to be alive when Woodrow Wilson was commanderin-chief. “What I gained was perhaps more akin to poetry than history,” Laskin says.

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Registration Required Attendees must register in advance to attend the Festival of Books. Register online or in person at the event. Registration is free.

THURSDAY, September 23

7:00 – 9:00 PM ~ SPECIAL EVENT – Holiday Inn, Burgundy’s Room, “Open Mic,” Enjoy a diverse cross-section of literary readings at the annual Open Mic. Hosted by the South Dakota State Poetry Society.

FRIDAY, September 24

9:00 – 11:00 AM ~ WORKSHOP – Orpheum, Classroom – Writer’s Support Workshop, “Screenwriting,” Crime noir novelist Anthony Neil Smith will conduct a workshop about writing for the screen. TICKET REQUIRED ($30) 9:00 – 11:00 AM ~ WORKSHOP – Orpheum, Anne Zabel Studio Theater, Writer’s Support Workshop, “Writing Poetry,” Acclaimed Belarusian poet Valzhyna Mort will conduct a workshop about writing poetry. TICKET REQUIRED ($30) 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM ~ SPECIAL EVENT – Location TBA online, SD State Poetry Society Meeting. 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM ~ IMMIGRATION – Multi-Cultural Center, “Drawn to the Land: Homesteading Dakota” & “South Dakota Immigrants,” Explore two interactive museum exhibits about South Dakota’s earliest immigrants. 10:00 – 11:00 AM ~ IMMIGRATION – Multi-Cultural Center, “Underground America,” Peter Orner. 10:15 – 11:15 AM ~ SPECIAL EVENT – Holiday Inn, Embassy Rooms, “This Book is Overdue: Unplugged,” Noted cultural critic Marilyn Johnson hosts an engaging discussion about how librarians can save the world. Co-sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association. 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ~ IMMIGRATION – Multi-Cultural Center, “Egypt/U.S. Big Read Showcase,” High school foreign exchange students from Cairo, Egypt, present a reader’s theatre based on a classic work of literature. Hosted by Dr. Hossam Fahmy. 12:00 – 1:00 PM ~ SPECIAL EVENT – Barnes & Noble, “Food for Thought,” Live broadcast of South Dakota Public Radio’s literary arts hour. 12:45 – 2:00 PM ~ SPECIAL EVENT 14 • South Dakota Festival of Books

Schedule – Holiday Inn, Starlite Room, “SDLA Lunch with Vicki Myron,” Join Vicki Myron, author of the bestselling book Dewey, for lunch and conversation. Cosponsored by the South Dakota Library Association. Tickets for this event will be sold by SDLA. 1:00 – 2:30 PM ~ IMMIGRATION – Multi-Cultural Center, “The Stavig Letters,” Jane Rasmussen, John Rasmussen, and Gary Westgard. 1:00 – 3:00 PM ~ WORKSHOP – Orpheum, Classroom, Writer’s Support Workshop, “Memoir Writing,” Professor of English at Iowa State and 2007 PEN USA Creative Nonfiction Award winner Debra Marquart will conduct a workshop about memoir writing. TICKET REQUIRED ($40) 1:00 – 3:00 PM ~ WORKSHOP – Orpheum, Anne Zabel Studio Theater, Writer’s Support Workshop, “Writing Children’s Literature,” Pulitzer Prize nominee and #1 New York Times bestselling author Alison McGhee will conduct a workshop about writing children’s literature. TICKET REQUIRED ($40) 3:00 – 4:00 PM ~ SPECIAL EVENT – Orpheum, Main Theater, The Great Plains Radio Theatre Project presents Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” Enjoy the words of Mark Twain as you have never experienced them before ­— as an old-fashioned radio drama. Originally adapted for the radio by Orson Wells’ “Mercury Theatre On the Air,” Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer come alive as they discover life along the Mississippi River. 3:00 – 4:00 PM ~ IMMIGRATION – Multi-Cultural Center, “Denied, Detained, Deported: Tales from the Dark Side of American Immigration,” Ann Bausum. 3:00 – 4:00 PM ~ POETRY – Holiday Inn, Embassy Room, “The Politics of Language,” Acclaimed Belarusian poet Valzhyna Mort reads at the South Dakota State Poetry Society Tea. 3:00 – 4:00 PM ~ MASS BOOK SIGNING – Holiday Inn, International Room, “Early Bird Book Signings.” 3:00 – 5:00 PM ~ EXHIBITORS HALL –

of Events Holiday Inn, International Room, Exhibitors’ Hall open. 6:00 – 8:30 PM ~ SPECIAL EVENT – Washington Pavilion, Everist Gallery, “Literary Feast: The Journey,” with Jimmy Santiago Baca, Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, Susan Dworkin, David Laskin, Debra Marquart, and Thrity Umrigar. Frank Delaney, host. TICKET REQUIRED ($45)

9:00 – 9:45 AM ~ WRITER’S SUPPORT – Holiday Inn, Embassy I, “Conveying the Sacred: Writing About Spirituality,” Gary Westgard. 10:00 – 10:45 AM ~ FICTION – Holiday Inn, Embassy I, “Starting From Scratch,” Susan Gilbert-Collins. 10:00 – 10:45 AM ~ NON-FICTION – Orpheum, Main Theater, “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch,” Alison Arngrim.

7:00 – 8:45 PM ~ FILM SCREENING – 10:00 – 10:45 AM ~ NON-FICTION – Multi-Cultural Center, “God Grew Tired Orpheum, Anne Zabel Studio Theater, of Us.” Four boys from Sudan embark “My Life as a Foreign Correspondent,” on a journey to America after years of Deborah Amos. wandering Sub-Saharan Africa in search of safety. 10:00 – 10:45 AM ~ POETRY – Holiday Inn, Embassy III, “A Reading with Leo Dangel,” Leo Dangel. SATURDAY, September 25 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM ~ EXHIBITORS 10:00 – 10:45 AM ~ POETRY – Holiday HALL – Holiday Inn, International Room, Inn, Embassy II, “The Examined Life: Exhibitors’ Hall open. Looking at Poetry and Finding Yourself,” 9:00 – 9:45 AM ~ FICTION – Holiday Inn, Daniel Burow. Starlite Room, “Venetia Kelly’s Traveling 10:00 – 10:45 AM ~ CHILDREN’S/YA Show,” Frank Delaney. LITERATURE – Siouxland Libraries Main Branch, Meeting Room B, “Rainforests 9:00 – 9:45 AM ~ FICTION – Holiday & Mayan Ruins,” Presented by Images Inn, Embassy III, “Love and Longing in of the World: Bruce B. Junek and Tass Rural Namibia: The Second Coming of Thacker. Recommended for all ages. Mavala Shikongo,” Peter Orner. 9:00 – 9:45 AM ~ NON-FICTION – Or- 10:00 – 10:45 AM ~ HISTORY/TRIBAL pheum, Anne Zabel Studio Theater, – Orpheum, Classroom, “The Wolf at “Somewhere Else This Time Tomorrow,” Twilight: A White Writer, Native Truths, and Bringing Darkness to Light,” Kent Debra Marquart. Nerburn. 9:00 – 9:45 AM ~ POETRY – Holiday Inn, Burgundy’s Room, “A Reading with 10:00 – 10:45 AM ~ HISTORY/TRIBAL South Dakota’s Poet Laureate,” David – Holiday Inn, Burgundy’s Room, “30 Years at The Washington Post Book Allan Evans. World,” Michael Dirda. 9:00 – 9:45 AM ~ CHILDREN’S/YA LITERATURE – Siouxland Libraries Main 10:00 – 10:45 AM ~ WRITER’S SUPPORT – Siouxland Libraries Main Branch, Branch, Meeting Room A, “Creating Meeting Room A, “Writing the Last 2-Dimensional Characters That Draw Children Into Reading,” Gary Harbo. Page First,” Alison McGhee. Recommended for all ages. 11:00 – 11:45 AM ~ FICTION – Holiday 9:00 – 9:45 AM ~ CHILDREN’S/YA LIT- Inn, Embassy I, “A Reading of Noir Fiction,” Anthony Neil Smith. ERATURE – Siouxland Libraries Main Branch, Meeting Room B, “Citizens 11:00 – 11:45 AM ~ NON-FICTION – Detained! And Other Stories From the Orpheum, Anne Zabel Studio Theater, Dark Side of Immigration,” Ann Bau“Together and Apart: Photographs from sum. Recommended for middle school Around the World,” Alex Webb and Reand older. becca Norris Webb. 9:00 – 9:45 AM ~ HISTORY/TRIBAL – 11:00 – 11:45 AM ~ NON-FICTION – OrOrpheum, Main Theater, “Hellhound on pheum, Classroom, “Inklings,” Jeffrey His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther Koterba. King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin,” Hampton Sides. 11:00 – 11:45 AM ~ WRITER’S SUP-


Schedule of Events Continued PORT – Holiday Inn, Burgundy’s Room, “Writing About Small Towns,” Marshall Damgaard, Molly Rozum, and Susan Gilbert-Collins.

Holiday Inn, Starlite Room, “The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to World War II,” David Laskin.

11:00 – 11:45 AM ~ IMMIGRATION – Holiday Inn, Embassy III, “Shared Homeland: American Parallels to Israel and Palestine,” Susan Abulhawa.

2:00 – 2:45 PM ~ CHILDREN’S/YA LITERATURE – Siouxland Libraries Main Branch, Meeting Room A, “How an Illustrator Translates Words into Images,” Don Montileaux. Recommended for all ages.

11:00 – 11:45 AM ~ SPECIAL EVENT – Holiday Inn, Ambassador Room, “Borrowing Books from the Siouxland Libraries Using E-Reader,” Heather Stephenson and guests. 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ~ SPECIAL EVENT – Holiday Inn, Starlite Room, “Rebecca Rubin and America’s Immigrant Story” American Girl series author of the Rebecca books Jacqueline Dembar Greene will present at a tea party for kids and adults. Recommended for ages 8 and over. Co-sponsored by Siouxland Libraries. TICKET REQUIRED ($10) 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM ~ SPECIAL EVENT – Orpheum, Main Theater, “A Harvest of Words: Contemporary Plains Poetry,” Patrick Hicks, A. A. Hedge Coke, Christine Stewart-Nuñez, David A. Evans, and guests. 12:00 – 1:00 PM ~ SPECIAL EVENT – Zandbroz Variety, “Damn Good Food,” Join Mitch Omer, founder of Hell’s Kitchen restaurant in Minneapolis and co-author of the cookbook that features his bold and flavorful recipes, for a cooking demo. Free samples will be served. 12:30 – 2:00 PM ~ MASS BOOK SIGNING – Holiday Inn, International Room, “Saturday Afternoon Book Signings.”

2:00 – 2:45 PM ~ CHILDREN’S/YA LITERATURE – Siouxland Libraries Main Branch, Meeting Room B, “You’re One Cool Cat! How to Embrace Your Uniqueness and Live Positively,” Kari Kay. Recommended for elementary school ages and younger. 2:00 – 2:45 PM ~ writer’s Support– Holiday Inn, Embassy I, “The Future of Magazines: Does Anyone Have a Clue?” Rob Fleder. 3:00 – 3:45 PM ~ NON-FICTION – Holiday Inn, Embassy I, “Anima Mundi: Getting Back to Speaking Terms with Mother Earth,” Edward Raventon. 3:00 – 3:45 PM ~ POETRY – Holiday Inn, Starlite Room, “Selected Works,” Jimmy Santiago Baca. 3:00 – 3:45 PM ~ POETRY – Holiday Inn, Embassy III, “This London,” Patrick Hicks. 3:00 – 3:45 PM ~ CHILDREN’S/YA LITERATURE – Siouxland Libraries Main Branch, Meeting Room A, “Prairie Bud Winner Discusses His Newest Picture Book: Children Make Terrible Pets,” Peter Brown. Recommended for middle school ages and younger.

3:00 – 3:45 PM ~ HISTORY/TRIBAL – 1:30 – 2:45 PM ~ SPECIAL EVENT – Orpheum, Anne Zabel Studio Theater, Orpheum, Main Theater, “Are Books “Prairie Republic: The Political Culture of Obsolete?: Reading in the Digital Age,” Dakota Territory,” Jon Lauck. Michael Dirda, Michael Hart, and Marilyn Johnson. 3:00 – 3:45 PM ~ HISTORY/TRIBAL – Holiday Inn, Ambassador, “Self-Publish2:00 – 2:45 PM ~ FICTION – Holiday Inn, ing 101,” Joe Mierau and Gary WestBurgundy’s Room, “The Season of Secgard. ond Chances,” Diane Meier. 3:00 – 3:45 PM ~ WRITER’S SUPPORT 2:00 – 2:45 PM ~ POETRY – Holiday – Orpheum, Main Theater, “Three AmiInn, Ambassador, “Ghost on 3rd,” Jim gos: The Strange Marriage of Writing Reese. and Editing,” Pete Dexter, Rob Fleder, 2:00 – 2:45 PM ~ HISTORY/TRIBAL – and Marilyn Johnson. Orpheum, Anne Zabel Studio Theater, 3:00 – 3:45 PM ~ IMMIGRATION – “The Viking in the Wheat Field,” Susan Siouxland Libraries Main Branch, MeetDworkin. ing Room B, “The Trickster and the Troll: 2:00 – 2:45 PM ~ HISTORY/TRIBAL – Combining Norwegian & American Indi16 • South Dakota Festival of Books

an Folklore for Young Readers,” Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve .

Holiday Inn, Embassy III, “Sending a Voice from Sitting Bull,” Ernie LaPointe.

4:00 – 4:45 PM ~ FICTION – Orpheum, Main Theater, “Class and Gender Differences in Literature and Life,” Thrity Umrigar.

5:00 – 5:45 PM ~ WRITER’S SUPPORT – Holiday Inn, Ambassador Room, “Publishing Journals: Dancing with Wolves,” Bill Markley.

4:00 – 4:45 PM ~ NON-FICTION – Holiday Inn, Burgundy’s Room, “Behold,” Tom Dempster and Kathryn Timpany.

5:00 – 5:45 PM ~ IMMIGRATION – Holiday Inn, Embassy I, “Strong Sisters: African American Women Who Shaped the Heartland,” Betti VanEpps-Taylor.

4:00 – 4:45 PM ~ POETRY – Orpheum, Anne Zabel Studio Theater, “The Power and Necessity of the Natural World in Our Lives,” Freya Manfred. 4:00 – 4:45 PM ~ HISTORY/TRIBAL – Holiday Inn, Ambassador Room, “College Football & World War II,” Kurt Kemper. 4:00 – 4:45 PM ~ HISTORY/TRIBAL – Holiday Inn, Embassy III, “The History of the South Dakota State Capitol,” Marshall Damgaard. 4:00 – 4:45 PM ~ CHILDREN’S/YA LITERATURE – Siouxland Libraries Main Branch, Meeting Room A, “Journey into the Deep: Meet Weird and Wonderful Creatures from the Deep Sea,” Rebecca Johnson. Recommended for all ages. 4:00 – 4:45 PM ~ WRITER’S SUPPORT – Siouxland Libraries Main Branch, Meeting Room B, “Writing Suspense Fiction for Kids,” Susan Runholt. 4:00 – 4:45 PM ~ WRITER’S SUPPORT – Holiday Inn, Starlite Room, “Travel Writing: The Devil is in the Details,” Laural Bidwell, Bruce Junek, and Christine Stewart-Nuñez. 4:00 – 4:45 PM ~ IMMIGRATION – Holiday Inn, Embassy I, “I Go To America: Swedish American Women and the Life of Mina Anderson,” Joy K. Lintelman.

7:00 – 8:30 PM ~ SPECIAL EVENT – Orpheum, Main Theater, “A Conversation with Dave Eggers and Valentino Achak Deng,” Join the author, Dave Eggers, and protagonist, Valentino Achak Deng, of this year’s One Book SD selection for a conversation about the book that has shaped our understanding of the conflict in Sudan and our understanding of what it is like to find political asylum in America. The discussion will be moderated by NPR’s Deborah Amos. Book signing to follow this event. Doors open at 6:30. This event is FREE. Sponsored by Friends of the South Dakota Festival of Books. 9:00 – 10:15 PM ~ SPECIAL EVENT – Orpheum, Main Theater, “The Prairie Cats: LIVE!,” Author, cartoonist, and singer/songwriter Jeffrey Koterba and his band The Prairie Cats will keep your toes tapping with swing music that draws crowds from across the country. TICKET REQUIRED ($10)

SUNDAY, September 26

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM ~ SPECIAL EVENT – Holiday Inn, Embassy I, “Writing Marathon,” Discover a goldmine of words inside you at the Dakota Writing Project’s 2010 Writing Marathon! Write in a supportive atmosphere while exploring scenic downtown Sioux Falls. Tickets for this event will be sold by the Dakota Writing Project.

5:00 – 5:45 PM ~ FICTION – Orpheum, Anne Zabel Studio Theater, “Priming the Engine: The Process of Getting Started,” 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM ~SPECIAL EVENTS Pete Dexter. – Holiday Inn, Starlite Room, “The Great 5:00 – 5:45 PM ~ NON-FICTION – Holi- Plains,” Join Dan O’Brien and Michael Forsberg for a Sunday brunch featurday Inn, Starlite Room, “Literacy in ing photographs and excerpts and from the Prison System: A Way Out,” A. A. Hedge Coke, Jim Reese, and Jimmy San- their recently published book, The Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild. TICKtiago Baca. ET REQUIRED ($15) 5:00 – 5:45 PM ~ HISTORY/TRIBAL –

Time and presenters are subject to change. Please check the Festival Survivor’s Guide (available at the Exhibitor’s Hall information booth or online at visit for updates. 17

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E x h i b i t o r s’ H a l l Authors

Cecelia Day, Ramona, SD

June Harvey, Creswell, OR Sue Hellman, Oacoma, SD Richard Alex Jensen


South Dakota Magazine, Yankton, SD

S.D. Public Broadcasting Vermillion, SD,


S.D. Art Museum, Brookings, SD

Linda J. Johnson, Sioux Falls, SD

David W. Longworth, Watertown, SD Gregory A. Pasco, Sioux Falls, SD

Carol Panerio, Spearfish, SD Daniel G. Snethen, Kyle, SD

Steven Carl Stanga, Brookings, SD Renee Wendinger, Sleepy Eye, MN


Center for Western Studies Sioux Falls, SD,

Usborne Books and More Huron, SD,

Western Writers of America Albuquerque, NM,


Pine Hill Press, Sioux Falls, SD

Porcine Press, Savannah, GA

Paula F. Winskye, Sheyenne, ND

Red Dragonfly Press, Northfield, MN


Barnes & Noble, Sioux Falls, SD

Zandbroz Variety, Sioux Falls, SD


Holiday Inn, Sioux Falls, SD

SD Committee on Publication Rapid City, SD

S.D. State Historical Society Press Pierre, SD,

Spoon River Poetry Press / Plains Press / Ellis Press, Granite Falls, MN

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appearances. Her one woman show Susan Abulhawa was born to ref- “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch,” has ugees of the 1967 war when Isra- become a world-wide phenomenon, having been performed to packed el captured what houses in New York, Los Angeles, Seremained of Pal attle, Maui and the south of France. estine, including Alison currently lives in the wilds of TuJerusalem. She curjunga with her husband of 13 years, rently lives in Pennmusician Bob Schoonover, (from the sylvania with her rock and roll band “Catahoula”) and daughter. She is the founder and president of Playgrounds their two cats, Hannibal and Clarice. for Palestine, a children’s organization She takes pride in the fact that so dedicated to upholding The Right to many people enjoyed hating her as Play for Palestinian children. Her es- a girl and is more than happy to give says and political commentaries have them the opportunity to do so in the appeared in print and international future. news media and she is a contributing author to two anthologies, Shat- JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA tered Illusions (Amal Press, 2002) and Jimmy Santiago Baca is the winner Searching Jenin (Cune Press, 2003). of the Pushcart Prize, the American Mornings in Jenin is her first novel. Book Award, the International Hispanic Heritage Award and for his memoir DEBORAH AMOS Deborah Amos covers Iraq for NPR A Place to Stand the prestigious InterNews. Her reports can be heard on national Award. In 2005 he created NPR’s award-winning Morning Edition, Cedar Tree Inc., a nonprofit foundaAll Things Considered, and Weekend tion that works to give people of all Edition. She has returned to work with walks of life the opportunity to beNPR after a decade come educated and improve their lives. in television news, The program allows students, writers including ABC’s and poets the opportunity to write, atN i g h t l i n e a n d tend poetry readings, conduct writing Wo r l d N e w s To - workshops, and work on documentary night and the PBS film production. p ro g r a m s N O W with Bill Moyers ANN BAUSUM and Frontline. Amos began her career Ann Bausum writes about U.S. hisafter receiving a degree in broadcasting from the University of Florida at tory for young people, and she has published eight titles with National Gainesville. Geographic Children’s Books including, most recently, Unraveling FreeALISON ARNGRIM dom. Bausum’s books consistently Alison Arngrim, best known to viewers worldwide for her portrayal of earn prominent national recognition. the incredibly nasty Nellie Oleson on Denied, Detained, Deported (2009) the much loved, long running hit tele- was named the 2010 Carter G. Woodson Book Award winner at the secvision series Little ondary school level from the National House On The Council for the Social Studies. FreePrairie, continues dom Riders (2006) gained Sibert Honto amuse audi or designation from the American Liences through her brary Association and With Courage many film, televiand Cloth (2004) received the Jane sion and stage 20 • South Dakota Festival of Books

Addams Children’s Book Award as the year’s best book on social justice issues for older readers.


On a rambling road trip, drifting north and east across the plains, Laural Bidwell glanced at her map and realized she was within an hour of South Dakota, a state she’d never before visited. She decided to head for the border town of Ardmore to get gas and stay the night. There was no gas station. There was no place to stay. Low on gas, she forged on to the next town on the map — Hot Springs — where she got gas, found a place to stay, and discovered the Black Hills. Now owner of The Wild Burro Bookstore in Hot Springs, Bidwell still enjoys road trips, as well as writing and spending time with her golden retrievers.

Peter Brown Peter Brown, a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, was recently named “Best Il-

lustrator of the Year” by the Children’s Choice Book Awards. His New York Times bestselling The Curious Garden was awarded the E.B. White ReadAloud Award for Picture Books. Brown grew up in Hopewell, NJ and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Dr. Daniel Burow is a psychologist specializing in geriatrics, existential issues and psychological trauma. Rebels, Poets, and Mystics records Dr. Burow’s relationship with Fr. Frahm, a poet and teacher in the Christian mystical tradition, and the basics of his teachings.

ALLISON Adelle HEDGE COKE Allison Adelle Hedge Coke was raised in North Carolina, the Plains and Canada. She previously worked horses, fields, waters, and factories. The Weymouth Center for the Arts, Center for the Great Plains Fellow, and upcoming Lannan Foundation Marfa Resident, holds the endowed Reynolds Chair of Poetry & Writing at the University of Nebraska. Books include: Dog Road Woman (American

Book Award, Coffee House Press), Off-Season City Pipe (poetry, CHP); Rock, Ghost, W i l l o w, D e e r (memoir, U.NE.), and Blood Run (Salt). She has edited eight other volumes. Hedge Coke is a South Dakota resident.

MARSHALL DAMGAARD Born and raised in South Dakota, Marshall Damgaard served for many years in the state’s political arena, including periods as both an aide and chief of staff to Governor Bill Janklow.

LEO DANGEL Leo Dangel was born in 1941 and grew up on a farm near Freeman. He received his BA and MA degrees at Emporia State University in Kansas, and taught literature and writing for 25 years at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. His poems, which reflect the rural Midwest, have appeared in a variety of periodicals and anthologies. He has four books


Presenters of poems, including Home from the Field: Collected Poems and The Crow on the Golden Arches, all published by Spoon River Poetry Press. He now lives in Yankton.


As well as being a best-selling author of 21 books, Frank Delaney has interviewed over 3,000 writers for his BBC and international television and radio shows. Since publishing his first book, James Joyce’s Odyssey, Delaney has written six books of non-fiction, 12 novels, one novella, two anthologies, and a smattering of short stories published in both magazines and collections. He has edited compilations of essays and poetry, written theatrical plays for the stage, radio plays and screenplays for films, a number of which have been produced. Delaney lives in Connecticut with his wife, Diane Meier.

TOM DEMPSTER Tom Dempster’s camera has been with him on travels to India, Syria, Lebanon, the Philippines, Europe, Taiwan, Colombia, Iceland, and, of course, South Dakota. He is a freelance writer and photographer, has been published in the International Herald Tribune, Sailing Magazine, South Dakota Magazine, and in both South Dakota Photographed and South Dakota’s Best Stories. Dempster is also the assistant majority leader of the South Dakota Senate, and Chairman of the State Affairs Committee. He served as a Minnehaha County Commissioner for nine years. He is a University of South Dakota graduate with a BA in economics. He works as a financial advisor and lives in Sioux Falls with his wife Patti. They have three daughters, Elizabeth, Jennifer, and Ann, and two sons-inlaw, whose families persist in growing.

Valentino Achak Deng

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southern Sudan, in the village of Marial Bai. He fled Sudan in the late 1980s during civil war, when his village was destroyed by Murahaleen—the same type of militia that currently terrorizes Darfur. Deng grew up in Ethiopian and Kenyan refugee camps, where he worked for the UNHCR as a social advocate and reproductive health educator. In 2001 he resettled in Atlanta. Deng has toured the US and Europe speaking about his life in Sudan, his experience as a refugee, and his collaboration with author Dave Eggers on What Is the What, the novelized version of Deng’s life story. As a leader in the Sudanese diaspora, Deng advocates for the universal right to education and the freedom of his people in Sudan. In 2006, Deng and Eggers established the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation to help rebuild Sudanese communities by increasing access to educational opportunities. The Foundation has constructed the very first high school in Valentino’s region of Southern Sudan, which opened in 2009, and plans for a library, teachertraining college, and community center are currently underway.

PETE DEXTER Pete Dexter began his working life with a U.S. Post Office in New Orleans. He wasn’t very good at mail and quit, then caught on as a newspaper reporter in Florida, which he was not very good at, got married, and was not very good at that either. In Philadelphia he became a newspaper columnist, which he was pretty good at, and got divorced, which you would have to say he was good at because it only cost $300. Dexter remarried, won the National Book Award and built a house in the desert so remote that there is no postal service. He’s out there six months a year, pecking away at the typewriter, living proof of the adage “What goes around comes around” — that is, you quit the post office, pal, and the post office quits you.

MICHAEL DIRDA Michael Dirda is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book columnist for The Washington Post. He also writes regularly about books and cultural subjects for various magazines and periodicals, including The New York Review of Books and the online Barnes and Noble Review. Long, long ago, he earned a Ph.D.from Cornell in comparative literature (medieval studies and European romanticism). His own publications include the memoir An Open Book and four collections of essays: Readings, Bound to Please, Book by Book and Classics for Pleasure.

SUSAN DWORKIN Susan Dworkin traveled from Denmark to Mexico to chronicle the adventures of Bent Skovmand, visionary seed banker and expert on plant genetic resources. Her award-winning Nazi Officer’s Wife shows the nightmare of Germany’s home front through the eyes of a desperate Jewish fugitive. In Miss America 1945, Dworkin profiles the pageant’s stop-at-nothing promoters

and the astounding victory of Bronx beauty Bess Myerson. In Weeding Out the Tears, Dworkin helps Jeanne White, mother of AIDS victim Ryan White, recall the bigotry and terror of the epidemic’s early years.

DAVE EGGERS Dave Eggers is the author of six books, including Zeitoun, a nonfiction account of a Syrian-American immigrant and his extraordinary experience during Hurricane Katrina, and What Is the What, a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award. Eggers is the founder and editor of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco that produces a quarterly journal, a monthly magazine, and Wholphin, a quarterly DVD of short films and documentaries. A native of Chicago, Eggers graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism.

DAVID ALLAN EVANS David Allan Evans, Poet Laureate of South Dakota, lives in Sioux Falls with

his wife, Jan. Evans was chosen for the Governor’s Award for Distinction in Creative Achievement and as a Fulbright Scholar. His work is on display throughout the U.S, England, Puerto Rico, China, and Belgium. He is the author of eight collections of poems, three books of prose and the editor of three other books. His most recent is This Water. These Rocks. His short stories, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in numerous magazines and journals and in over 80 anthologies.

ROB FLEDER Rob Fleder joined Sports Illustrated as a senior editor in 1986, left in 1989, and returned in 1991 to assume the position of features editor. In 1995, he was promoted to assistant managing editor, and in 1996, to executive editor. Fleder earned a BA degree from Brown University, and an M.S.J. in journal-


Presenters ism from Columbia University. He has worked at numerous publications including Esquire, Playboy and The National. He lives in suburban New York with his wife and three children.


Michael Forsberg is a Nebraska native and has focused much of his work in North America’s Great Plains. His goal has been to try to capture the wild spirit that still survives in these wide-open spaces and put a face to the often overlooked native creatures and landscapes found there. His hope is that the images can build appreciation and inspire conservation efforts far into the future. Forsberg lives in Lincoln, Neb., with his wife Patty, their children Elsa and Emme, and two dogs.

Susan Gilbert-Collins Born and raised in South Dakota, Susan Gilbert-Collins studied English at Oberlin College and holds an M.A. in English as a Second Language from the University of Minnesota. While she enjoyed teaching international students and adult immigrants, she now freelances as a technical writer in order to focus on her first love, fiction. She lives with her husband and young son in Rochester, NY. Starting from Scratch is Susan’s first novel.


Jacqueline Greene is the author of seven historical novels about the newest American Girl, Rebecca Rubin. Greene received the Moonbeam Silver Award as well as the National Parenting Publications Honors Award. She has written more than 30 books and stories for young readers, as well as non-fiction titles such as The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Bank Street College chose her most recent picture book, The Secret Shofar of Barcelona, for their list of the best books of 2009. It was also named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book. When she’s not at work in her Massachusetts home, Greene enjoys traveling to exotic locations, gardening, hiking, and photography.

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Gary Harbo was raised in Lynd, Minn. In 1990 he created cartoon characters that were loaded with personality. His children, Kari and Gary II, were at the root of this inspiration. In 1991, Harbo jumped head-first into the magical world of children’s books. Harbo’s latest book, How to Draw 104 Cartoons with Gary Harbo, contains art lessons on how to draw the cool cartoons that he has created over the years. As an author and illustrator, Harbo teaches art lessons to over 15,000 elementary school children every year. His motivational talks encompass the whole process of writing, illustrating and publishing.

MICHAEL HART Michael Hart is best known as the founder of Project Gutenberg, which makes electronic books freely available via the Internet. At least one version of each book is a plain text file that can be displayed on virtually any computer. Most of the early postings were typed by Hart himself. Today, the e-texts are produced (usually scanned) by Project Gutenberg’s many volunteers. The collection includes public domain works and copyrighted works included with express permission.

PATRICK HICKS Patrick Hicks is Augustana College’s Writer-in-Residence as well as the author of five poetry collections, most recently This London (2010) and Finding the Gossamer (2008), both from Ireland’s acclaimed press, Salmon Poetry. His stories have been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize. He recently won t h e G l i m m e r Tr a i n New Writer’s Fiction Award, and several of his stories have been nominated for Best American Short Stories. He is the recipient of a number of grants, including one from the Bush Foundation to support work on his first novel.


Rob Fleder

Marilyn Johnson was born in St. Louis and has been writing since she was seven years old. This Book Is Overdue! is dedicated to her parents, Dave and Dotty Johnson of Little Rock, Ark. She also wrote The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries, which was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize. In her spare time she writes poetry. She lives with her husband Rob Fleder and three children in Briarcliff, N.Y.


Rebecca L. Johnson is the author of more than 75 non-fiction books for children, young adults, and adults on diverse subjects ranging from the deep sea to polar exploration and medicinal herbs. Her research has taken her to many locales worldwide, including

Antarctica, Central America, Australia, and New Zealand. Her books have received awards from Scientific American, the National Science Teachers Association, the Children’s Book Council, Science Books and Films, the Society of School Librarians International, and the New York Public Library. She lives in Sioux Falls.

Bruce B. Junek & Tass Thacker

Explorers, authors and photographers Bruce B. Junek and Tass Thacker have spent 34 years traveling through the world’s most exotic places. The Road of Dreams is the story of their two-year around-the-world bicycle trip. Andes to the Amazon, chronicles adventures from seven different journeys in Mexico, Central and South America. The husband and wife team have also bicycled through southern Africa and the eastern Mediterranean. They plan to bicycle through China in 2011. More than 1.5 million students

have seen the slide programs from their travels.


Having experienced many great adventures on her South Dakota farm with her two sons and many pets, Kari Kay created the Floppy Cat series as a way of sharing the inspiration of the real Floppy’s life with children everywhere. She is creatively working to expand through more books, songs, and an interactive website. Kay wrote the Floppy Cat story with hopes that it would inspire life-enhancing conversations between parents and children.

KURT KEMPER Kurt Kemper, a history professor at Dakota State University in Madison, has explored the ways in which debates involving college football 40 years ago reflected the public’s ideas about free


Presenters speech, racial integration and patriotism. His book, College Football and American Culture in the Cold War Era, explains how “social, cultural, and political elites effectively used football to browbeat, harass, and intimidate those who challenged an American status quo merely by invoking its relationship to anticommunism and the Cold War.”


Jeff Beiermann

Jeffrey Koterba’s new memoir, Inklings, traces Koterba’s journey to become a cartoonist, and more so, to rediscover the love of his family. In 2009, he won first place for editorial cartooning in the Great Plains Journalism Awards. Koterba has written for ABC News and The Daily Beast and in 2009, he was named a finalist for a three-part essay written for The WorldHerald, called “Ink and Ash,” in the Great Plains Journalism Award finals. He has also received an honorable mention from Glimmer Train in the Short-Story Award for new writers.

ERNIE LAPOINTE Ernie LaPointe was born in 1948 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of South Dakota. LaPointe is a Sun Dancer who lives the traditional way of the Lakota and follows the rules of the sacred pipe. In 1992, Lapointe spoke at the induction of Sitting Bull, his greatgrandfather, into the Hall of Fame of American Indian Chiefs in Oklahoma. Since then, he had numerous invitations from Crazy Horse Memorial and the Little Bighorn Battlefield to speak about his heritage. LaPointe’s book Sitting Bull: His Life and Legacy was published in August 2009 by Gibbs Smith Publishing.


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For the past 25 years, David Laskin has written books and articles on a wide range of subjects, including history, weather, travel, gardens, and the natural world. His book The Children’s Blizzard won the Washington State Book Award and the Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award for Nonfiction. A

frequent contributor to The New York Times, Laskin also writes for the Washington Post, the Seattle Times, and Seattle Metropolitan. He and his wife, Kate O’Neill,live in Seattle and are the parents of three grown daughters.

JON LAUCK Jon K. Lauck was born on a farm near Madison. Lauck graduated from South Dakota State University in 1993, received his Ph.D. in economic history from the University of Iowa in 1997, and his law degree from the University of Minnesota in 2000. He is the author of American Agriculture and the Problem of Monopoly: The Political Economy of Grain Belt Farming, 1953-1980 (University of Nebraska Press, 2000), Daschle v. Thune: Anatomy of a High Plains Senate Race (University of Oklahoma Press, 2007), and Prairie Republic: The Political Culture of Dakota Territory, 1879-1889 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2010).

JOY K. LINTELMAN Joy K. Lintelman is a professor of history at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. Her specialties include immigration and women’s history.


Freya Manfred’s poetry has appeared in over 100 reviews and magazines and over 30 anthologies. She conducts poetry workshops and readings for grades K-12, colleges, and adults. She lives half an hour east of the Twin Cities with her husband, screenwriter Thomas Pope, and her twin sons, Rowan and Bly Pope, visual artists who have illustrated her last two books of poetry. Nature and the outdoor world, as well as the relationships between human beings — family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers — are the primary subjects of her work.


Debra Marquart is a professor of English at Iowa State University. A performance poet, Marquart is the author of two poetry collections: Everything’s a Verb and From Sweetness. Her mem-

oir, The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere, was published by Counterpoint Books in 2006. It received the “Elle Lettres” award from Elle Magazine and the 2007 PEN USA Creative Nonfiction Award. Marquart is currently at work on a novel set in Greece titled The Olive Harvest, and a roots memoir about emigration, geographical flight, and cultural amnesia titled Somewhere Else This Time Tomorrow.

Best Books for Children, and Parents’ Choice Award, and a City Pages Artist of the Year award. McGhee is an associate professor of creative writing at Metropolitan State University, where she coordinates the creative writing program. She has taught at many other colleges and universities and was a founding member of Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.


Alison McGhee is a Pulitzer Prize nominee and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. She writes for all ages and in all forms, from poetry and stories to novels, picture books and essays. Her many awards include four Minnesota Book Awards, the GLCA National Fiction Award, Friends of the American Library Award, Gold Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Award, ALA


Diane Meier is a marketing guru, author of The New American Wedding and president of MEIER, a New York City based marketing firm whose clients have helped define luxury marketing (from Neiman Marcus and DeBeers to Maximilan Furs, Kohler, Elizabeth Arden and Pierre Balmain). Her career has honed skills from strategy, writing

and design to public speaking. Married to best selling author and BBC broadcaster Frank Delaney, she has had much to observe about writing and speaking — from a front row seat.


For the past 20 years, Joe Mierau has managed Pine Hill Press, a small book printing company in Sioux Falls that he owns with his wife Mary Ann. Joe and Mary Ann are the parents of five grown children and the grandparents of three pre-school grandchildren.


Don Montileaux is a world-renowned artist and illustrator and an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe. He has received nearly 20 awards and commissions and attended over 25 major art shows throughout his artistic career. His art has illustrated the covers of six books and is included in numerous private and public collections. Montileaux has been a featured


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Born in Minsk, Belarus (part of the former Soviet Union), in 1981, Valzhyna Mort has been praised as “[a] risen star of the international poetry world” by the Irish Times. When she moved to the United States in 2005, she had already published her first book, I’m as Thin as Your Eyelashes, and was known across the world as an electrifying reader of her poems. She composes her poems in Belarusian as attempts are being made to revitalize the traditional language, which lends her work both conventional and groundbreaking tones. Mort lives in Washington, D.C.


Kent Nerburn has been deeply involved in Native American issues and education. He developed and directed an award-winning oral history project on the Red Lake Ojibwe reservation in northern Minnesota. Nerburn has edited three highly acclaimed books on Native American subjects: Native American Wisdom, The Wisdom of the Native Americans, and The Soul of an Indian. Nerburn is also the author of Letters to My Son; Neither Wolf Nor Dog; Simple Truths: Clear and Gentle Guidance on the Big Issues of Life; Small Graces: The Quiet Gifts of Everyday Life; and The Hidden Beauty of Everyday Life. Nerburn lives in northern Minnesota.


Dan O’Brien, a writer and buffalo rancher, is the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction about the West. He has worked as an endangered-species biologist and an English teacher. His 2001 memoir, Buffalo for the Broken Heart, was selected as the 2009 One Book South Dakota. O’Brien lives on a ranch near Hermosa.

PETER ORNER Peter Orner’s stories have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, McSweeney’s, Bomb, The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize XXV. He has lived in Namibia and currently teaches writing at San Francisco State University.

JOHN AND JANE RASMUSSEN John and Jane Rasmussen are native South Dakotans. Together with Gary Westgard, the Rasmussens present a readers’ theater about the immigrant experience based on an extensive collection of letters exchanged between two brothers, one who emigrated to Dakota Territory in 1876 and the other who stayed in Norway.

EDWARD RAVENTON Edward Raventon, naturalist, outdoor writer and photographer writes non-fiction books and stories about the American West. His first book Island in the Plains, A Black Hills Natural History is now considered a classic narrative on the Black Hills. His third book, Buffalo Country, A Northern Plains Narrative is the companion volume and recounts the evolution of the American Bison on the Northern Great Plains as well as the people who hunted and revered its spirit. He also regularly contributes free-lance feature/adventure stories written in a casual style for newspapers and outdoor magazines on topics of archaeology, paleontology and natural history. Raventon’s next book, Glimpses Across the Rings of Time will be published soon.

JIM REESE Jim Reese is an assistant professor of English; director of the Great Plains Writers’ Tour at Mount Marty College in Yankton; and editor-in-chief of Paddlefish. Reese’s poetry and prose have been widely published, most recently in New York Quarterly, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, Paterson Literary Review, Connecticut Review, New Delta Review and elsewhere. His most recent collection of poetry is Ghost on 3rd (New York Quarterly Books, 2010).

His previous book, These Trespasses (Backwaters Press, 2005, 2006), includes Pushcart Prize nominated poems. Reese is also the 2008 and 2009 National Endowment for the Arts Writer-in-Residence at the Yankton Federal Prison Camp.

zine Awards for feature writing. Sides is also the author of Americana and Stomping Grounds. A graduate of Yale with a B.A. in history, he lives in New Mexico with his wife, Anne, and their three sons.


Born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Anthony Neil Smith now lives on the frozen prairies of rural Minnesota, where he teaches at Southwest Minnesota State University. He’s the author of Yellow Medicine, Psychosomatic, and The Drummer. He’s also the editor of the online noir fiction zine, Plots with Guns.

Molly P. Rozum is an associate professor of U.S. history at Doane College in Crete, Neb. Her Ph.D. is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she specializes in the history of the American West, with an emphasis on the Northern Plains. Rozum’s most recent article appears in the edited collection, One Step Over the Line: Toward a History of Women in the North American Wests. Recently, she edited Small-Town Boy, Small-Town Girl: Growing Up in South Dakota, 1920-1950. She grew up in Mitchell.


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Susan Runholt, author of the Kari and Lucas mystery series, shares her teenage heroines’ love of art, travel and commitment to feminism. She has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia and Africa, working as a bank clerk and an au pair. She’s also been a waitress, maid, motel desk clerk, laundress, caterer, and director of programming for South Dakota Public Television. She lives in Saint Paul, Minn., where she serves as a fundraising consultant for social service and arts organizations. She was named runner-up for the Debut Dagger Award by the Crime Writers’ Association of Great Britain for The Mystery of the Third Lucretia.

HAMPTON SIDES A native of Memphis, Sides is editorat-large for Outside magazine and the author of the international best-seller, Ghost Soldiers, winner of 2002 PEN USA award for non-fiction and the 2002 Discover Award from Barnes & Noble. His magazine work has been twice nominated for National Maga-


VIRGINIA DRIVING HAWK SNEVE Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve was born and raised on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota and is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Sneve received her B.S. and M.Ed. in 1954 and 1969, respectively, and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in 2008 from South Dakota State University. Her first book was released in 1972 and since then she has published 26 books, numerous short stories, articles and poems. She is married to Vance M. Sneve. They have three children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

CHRISTINE STEWART-NUÑEZ Christine Stewart-Nuñez received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her creative writing reflects her interdisciplinary work in history, identity, gender and place. In her poetry manuscript, Syllables Rising, she weaves travelistic poems of landscape and culture with lyrics that engage the speaker’s experiences living in Turkey. The iconic image of supermodel Kate Moss is the focal point of Unbound & Branded. Her most recent collection is Postcards on Parchment, winner of the 2007 ABZ Poetry Contest. She is currently working on a poetry manuscript and a series of creative nonfiction essays. She is an assis29

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KATHRYN TIMPANY Kathryn Timpany is a native Kansan who has come to love the prairies of South Dakota. She moved to Sioux Falls five years ago to serve First Congregational United Church of Christ as its senior pastor. She writes a weekly online column entitled “Rev It Up” and has published her work in The Mississippi Journal, Word and Witness, Alive Now!, and several small literary journals. Behold is her first book. Kathy enjoys choral music and traveling the blue highways with her spouse, Tim Worthington.

MARTY TWO BULLS SR. Marty Two Bulls Sr. is the editorial cartoonist for Indian Country Today, a weekly newspaper on all issues affecting Native America. His gift of line and humor gives the reader an insightful perspective on contemporary topics.


Thrity Umrigar is the author of the national best-seller The Space Between Us. A seasoned speaker, she inspires and encourages audiences to write and tell their own stories, and lectures on issues of class, gender differences, immigration, cultural differences, and about how to develop and foster community. Umrigar was born in Bombay, India and came to the U.S. when she was 21. She had a cosmopolitan childhood that served her well in her life as a writer. Umrigar began publishing short stories, essays, and poems in national magazines and newspapers in India at age 15. She lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

BETTI VANEPPS-TAYLOR Betti VanEpps-Taylor is an independent scholar, writer, lecturer and historian specializing in the multi-cultural history of the Northern Great Plains and the American West. She holds a BA in sociology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and an MA in history from the University of South 30 • South Dakota Festival of Books

Dakota. She taught history at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. An Idaho resident since 1998, she enjoys an active life of lecturing, study and working on a new book, entitled Shadow Walker: The Life of Joseph Brown Bear.

DAVID VOLK David Volk recently co-wrote the children’s book The Mystery of the Maize, published by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press. Volk is a five-time state treasurer and served as cabinet secretary for Governor Bill Janklow. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Northern State University.


Photographers Alex Webb (of Magnum Photos) and Rebecca Norris Webb (a native of South Dakota) are creative partners who often work on books and exhibitions together. Between the two of them, they have published nine books, including most recently their joint book, Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba, which was published last fall and featured an afterword b y P i c o I y e r. O t h e r books by the two of them include Webb’s Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names, with an essay by Orhan Pamuk, and Norris Webb’s The Glass Between Us: Reflections on Urban Creatures. Both of them have exhibited their work widely.

GARY WESTGARD Gary Westgard served as a Lutheran pastor for congregations in Nebraska and South Dakota for 35 years (19692004). In January 2005, Westgaard began writing poetry and in 2007 he contacted Joe Mierau, owner of Pine Hill Press in Sioux Falls, who helped him through the process of self-publishing. Westgaard ’s book, The Journey and the Grace, was published in June 2007.

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2010 Festival of Books - Official Guide  
2010 Festival of Books - Official Guide  

This is the official guide for the 2010 Festival of Books, scheduled for September 24-26 in Sioux Falls, SD.