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have the privilege, as new mayor of the City of Deadwood, to welcome you to our community for the 11th annual South Dakota Festival of Books. Since the inception of this event in

2003, Deadwood has been the host city each odd-numbered year.

The City of Deadwood, the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission and the Deadwood City Library are pleased to partner with the South Dakota Humanities Council for the sixth time to present this book festival. The list of presenters is both long and impressive. Book lovers will have an opportunity to listen to a diverse group of authors from throughout the country. There are three major additions to our community that I hope will enhance your visit. We hope you enjoy the Deadwood Mountain Grand, The Lodge at Deadwood and the major expansion at Cadillac Jacks. We look forward to having you join us for this exciting event and hope you get a chance to explore Deadwood in its 52nd anniversary of being designated a National Historic Landmark. Sincerely,

Charles Turbiville Mayor, City of Deadwood



Anam Cara Retreat............................. 16

PryntComm.......................................... 4

Black Hills State University................... 25

S.D. Community Foundation............... 19

Center for Western Studies................. 14

S.D. Humanities Council...................... 21

Deadwood Chamber of Commerce..... 27

S.D. Library Association....................... 26

Deadwood History.............................. 16

S.D. Public Broadcasting.................. 3, 25

Deadwood Mountain Grand............... 27

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

Historic Homestake Opera House........ 15

S.D. State Library.................................. 5

Lead Deadwood Arts Center................. 6

S.D. State University............................ 19

Milkweed Editions.............................. 31

Sandra Brannan.................................. 23

Mount Rushmore Society.................... 17

South Dakotans for the Arts................ 26

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute......... 20

University of Nebraska Press.................. 6

The Outdoor Campus – West............... 15

University of South Dakota.................. 14

Prairie Pages ...................................... 20

Writelife Publishing............................. 30

A reader takes advantage of a scenic spot in Spearfish Canyon to enjoy a book and reflect on the SDHC’s 2013 thematic focus on water. This image (also on the front cover) was captured by 2013 festival photographer Bob Wilson.

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Mayor’s Welcome SD Humanities Council Welcome Events Map A Tribute to Poetry

Sponsored by National Endowment for the Humanities

9 A Tribute to Non-Fiction

Sponsored by South Dakota Public Broadcasting

10 A Tribute to Children’s and Young Adult Literature Sponsored by Brass Family Foundation

11 A Tribute to Fiction

Sponsored by AWC Family Foundation

12 A Tribute to Writers’ Support Sponsored by South Dakota Arts Council

13 A Tribute to History and Tribal Writing

Sponsored by City of Deadwood/Historic Preservation Commission

14 Presenters 26 Schedule of Events 30 Exhibitors at Exhibitors’ Hall For more information visit or call us at (605) 688-6113. Times and presenters listed are subject to change. Changes will be announced on,, and included in the Festival Survivor’s Guide, a handout available at the Exhibitors’ Hall information desk in the Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center. The South Dakota Festival of Books guide is a publication of

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augh out loud. Chuckle appreciatively. Be moved to tears. Any of these emotional reactions may ensue when fans listen to presentations from their favorite authors at the South Dakota Festival of Books. Such emotions become even more intense as fans meet and interact with these authors. The treasured moment of connection between author and reader is special. It’s what book lovers look forward to every year, especially as the festival returns to its inaugural city of Deadwood in 2013 after a historic anniversary year for the festival and our organization. During its 40 years of existence, SDHC has advanced its primary mission of “Exploring the Human Adventure,” which for the last 10 years has included the exciting and ever-evolving Festival of Books. We are especially proud of the power-packed lineup for our 11th annual festival. Headlining the festival and showcasing our thematic focus on water, 2013 One Book South Dakota author Danielle Sosin will provide a keynote address and participate in our Literary Feast, discussing her novel The Long-Shining Waters. Her appearance marks the culmination of her 20-city One Book Author Tour, during which she enlightened readers across the state. We are especially pleased to meet the South Dakota Center for the Book’s mission by spotlighting books written by current or former South Dakota residents or about South Dakota subject matters in more than half of our festival programming. For example, Marcia Mitchell of Hill City will discuss her non-fiction books on government secrets, surveillance and espionage, an area of expertise that has put her in the national spotlight. Our presenters also include regional favorites. This year, festival fans convinced us we needed to bring popular veteran Western mystery authors Craig Johnson and C.J. Box back to Deadwood. Judging by the reaction on our social media pages, they will have their hands full signing autographs! Another famous name from past festivals, former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Ted Kooser, will enthrall crowds with his deft way with words. Festival newcomers include acclaimed children’s author Walter Dean Myers, who was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress, and two bestselling novelists — Peter Heller (The Dog Stars) and B.A. Shapiro (The Art Forger). As always, the lineup features veterans of the national cultural and literary scene. The group includes NPR contributor Bob Garfield, host of On the Media, who will offer his perspective on the rapidly-changing worlds of media and marketing. Well-known book critics Michael Dirda (Pulitzer Prize winner) of the Washington Post, as well as Craig Wilson and Bob Minzesheimer of USA Today, will offer their insights into the publishing industry. So please, “Keep Calm and Head for the Hills!” Meet us in Deadwood. Bring your friends. Join me in thanking the staff, board and volunteers who bring this event to life! Look us up at, and Email us at or call 605-688-6113 for more information. While you’re at it, mark your calendar for our next two festivals — in Sioux Falls September 26-28, 2014 and in Deadwood September 25-27, 2015. You won’t want to miss a single moment!

Sherry DeBoer Executive Director for the South Dakota Humanities Council 6 • SOUTH DAKOTA FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

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FESTIVAL OF BOOKS EVENT LOCATIONS DEADWOOD A. DAYS OF ’76 MUSEUM (48 Crescent Dr.) B. DEADWOOD MOUNTAIN GRAND (1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr.) At the junction of Pine Street and 14A (Pioneer Way). • Event Center • Prospector Room • Hotel Conference Room C. D  EADWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY (435 Williams St.) Walk up the hill on Shine St. and turn left or walk through the Franklin and exit out the back entrance on 2nd floor through the parking lot. • Downstairs • Main Floor D. FRANKLIN HOTEL (700 Main St.) • Emerald Room – 2nd floor E. HOMESTAKE ADAMS RESEARCH & CULTURAL CENTER (HARCC) (150 Sherman St.) F. L EAD-DEADWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (716 Main St.) Use north entrance for auditorium & gym. • Auditorium • Gym G. MARTIN & MASON HOTEL (33 Deadwood St.) • 1898 Ballroom H. MASONIC TEMPLE (715 Main St.) At the corner of Main St. & Pine St. • Main Floor • Second Floor • Third Floor I. ST. AMBROSE CATHOLIC PARISH (760 Main St.)

LEAD J. H ISTORIC HOMESTAKE OPERA HOUSE (313 West Main St., Lead) Take Hwy. 14A south to Lead.


Please abide by the following guidelines to make this event enjoyable for all: no soliciting or distributing 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 Festival of Books, its sponsors and venues are not responsible for lost or stolen items. 7

POETRY POETRY IN MOTION Words on a page have long been the finished product for poets, but Todd Boss is pushing the limits of his craft. The St. Paul, Minn., bard cofounded Motionpoems, which pairs video and animation with poetry to create a short film. It began in 2008, when animator Angella Kassube transformed one of Boss’ poems. “I was hooked by the process, and by the way in which suddenly I learned to see my poem as a beginning, not an end,” Boss says. “And I realized the potential of reaching broader audiences with my work.” Working with selected publishers, the two have matched poets with video artists to create 40 films, carefully choosing works from upcoming publications. They hope the end result detracts from the original poem. “For this infraction, we beg the audience’s forgiveness, and remind them that enhancing the poem isn’t the goal of a motionpoem,” Boss says. “Our goal is to broaden the audience for poetry by adapting them for film. If in the process we do some damage, at least there are people newly aware that there is, indeed, a china shop on their street.” 8 • SOUTH DAKOTA FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

Mutual Admiration Society


aomi Shihab Nye and Ted Kooser are known for their honest and accessible poems. Much of Kooser’s u nder st at ed ver se wa s written while he worked as a life insurance executive in Lincoln, Neb. “Because I was working among people who didn’t read poetry, my work tried to reach that group,” Kooser says. “A part of what I t r y to do with my poems is to show my readers that what they see as dull and ordinary can be quite magical.” Kooser has reached a broad audience as a result. He’s since retired from the insurance business and now writes from an acreage near the tiny village of Garland, Neb. His poems suggest the quintessential Midwester n life, and he continues writing to create something that will endure. “I’ve always thought it unfair that we have to die,” Kooser says. “I suppose I write poems to try to have something that will survive me.” Nye’s interest in poetry began at age 3 while listening to her mother read verse. She felt happiness and satisfaction she rarely had experienced with conversational language. “By the time I was 6, I wanted to start writing my own poems,” Nye says. “It felt like an automatic response, once one had language skills. I loved that singing sound inside the brain.”

Nye’s mother was an American of German and Swiss descent and her father a Palestinian refugee. She spent her adolescence in Jerusalem and San Antonio, Texas, an upbringing reflected in her writing. “We are all influenced by the worlds we grow up in and care about,” she says, “and elements of that care and knowledge of those details fills our narratives.” Nye a nd Ko os e r h ave d evelo p e d a mu t u a l a d miration. Nye so appreciated Kooser’s writing she wrote a poem titled “Ted Kooser is my President ” wh ile he ser ved as U.S. Poet Laureate from 2004 to 2006. “I was as upset about President George W. Bush and his doings as Natalie Maines [of the Di x ie Ch ick s] a nd m a ny ot her A mer icans were,” Nye says. “I needed another president i n my hear t.” T he poem describes a peacef u l ma n who “could probably sneak into your country while you we r e n’t lo ok i ng and say something really good about it.” Kooser reciprocates this admiration. “[Nye] is a woman of great character,” he says. “That’s gotten to be a word we don’t much use, but it fits how I feel about her. Her poetry extends that, of course. She’s a genuinely good person in every way.”


The Humane Future of Advertising


o keep a slender figure, no tivity in the evolution. “Technology one can deny … Reach for hasn’t sent us all plunging into The a Lucky instead of a sweet,” Matrix or some other nightmarish reads a 1950s-era adver- techno-dystopia,” they write. “On the tisement for Lucky Strike contrary, in a happy paradox, we’re cigarettes. Good luck get- being transported back to a more huting away with a claim like that in the mane future. The digital revolution 21st century, when consumers can that has been so disruptive to business learn everything about a product with as usual has not merely multiplied the a few computer keystrokes. channels of communication between We’ve entered the “Relationship a consumer and consumer brands; Era,” according to advertising critic it has launched us all into an era in Bob Garfield. His new book, Can’t which human needs, human values Buy Me Like, co-authored with Doug and human connections will define Levy, seeks to explain this new fron- success or failure for those brands.” tier in advertising and marketing and Authenticity is the name of the show how successful companies can game in the Relationship Era, accordno longer win consumers with catchy ing to Garfield and Levy. “Commerce slogans and flattering claims. Rather, can no longer be about manipulating businesses must establish strong and people into purchases,” they write. lasting connections with customers “Relationship Era marketers do not that express genuine care. see purchasers as conquests to seduce, That can be easy in our whiz-bang or even persuade. They see them as technological world of Facebook and friends — members of a community Twitter, where communication is in- dedicated not only to the same stuff stant. But, as the title of Garfield and but to the same ideals.” Levy’s book suggests, social media Ga r f ield is co -host of Nat ioncan hinder as easily as enhance. The al Public Radio’s On the Media and authors point out that General Motors was an advertising analyst for ABC abandoned its $10 million annual ad- News. His previous books include vertising budget in favor of Facebook his advertising manifesto And Now a ads, while other companies struggle Few Words From Me (2003) and The because they saturate consumers’ Chaos Scenario (2009), in which he news feeds with updates that instant- chronicled the digital revolution and ly sour relationships. its effects. Still, Garfield and Levy see posi-

Hardly a high school student receives a diploma today without reading Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Somehow, Mary McDonagh Murphy never laid hands on the book until her freshman year of college, when she found it on her parents’ bookshelf. “Still in my nightgown, I sat in a highbacked chair and remember looking up, hours later, to see that the room was darkening,” Murphy says. “I turned on the light and read straight to the end of the novel.” During later readings, Murphy began to see how the novel fit into society. That was the basis for her documentary Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird, and her book, Scout, Atticus and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird, in which celebrities discuss how the novel affected them. “I interviewed 26 people, and there were very few duplications,” Murphy says. “I think that says everything about how rich the novel is. It rewards you every time. It’s worth rereading. It’s that rare classic from adolescence that you can get more and more out of as you go through life.” 9

CHILDREN’S/Y.A. NOTIONS FROM A NAP A short snooze on an airplane inspired Margaret Peterson Haddix’s young adult series, The Missing. “I woke up totally disoriented,” says Haddix. She wondered what it would be like if youth had a similar experience. “What if the grown-ups around them didn’t know who the kids were either?” Found, the first book in the series, begins when a plane filled with 36 babies lands on a Midwest runway with no adults on board. “The rest was me trying to figure out ‘who are these babies and why would this happen?’” Haddix says. The tiny travelers are children of famous historical figures, each kidnapped from their appropriate time period. The series continues as young time travelers Katherine and Jonah restore the missing children to their rightful eras. The latest book in the series, Risked, was released in September. Haddix feels she has “the best job in the world,” often hearing from teachers or librarians who have turned reluctant readers into eager ones through her books. “I just think that is so wonderful to hear because the better a child can read, the better chance they will have of succeeding in this world.” 10 • SOUTH DAKOTA FESTIVAL OF BOOKS


Poverty of Language

herever he goes, Walter Dean Myers makes one unequivocal argument: “Reading is not optional.” It’s a belief he developed through experience. The high school dropout grew up in a foster home in Harlem. “I’m a poster child for going wrong,” Myers says, “but when I dropped out I could read anything. I was an excellent reader as a kid.” A high school teacher liked his writing and encou raged him to continue. “That was a sustaining piece of advice because it was praise at a time that I needed it,” Myers says. “It was something to hang on to.” H e’s s i n c e w r it t e n Malin Fezehai more than 80 novels, as well as nonfiction and picture books for children and young adults. Myers was chosen as the 2012-2013 Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and he’s touring the country promoting literacy. The experience is not what he expected. “I thought it was going to be me riding a big white horse and people lining up behind me saying, ‘Yeah, yeah. Read more books,’” Myers says. Instead, he faces the challenge of explaining various forms of illiteracy. “People think it’s kids who don’t want to read books, but they can,” Myers says. In fact, a growing number of youth cannot read at grade level, and they fall further and further behind. And the reasons are complex. Myers says the demographics of our country’s schools are changing. Minorities now nearly equal the number of white

students. “So many of the kids coming into schools are Latino, and many of the kids have very impoverished backgrounds. You would expect a transition, and that’s what’s happening now,” Myers says. “But the problem now — as opposed to 1910 or 1915 when all the immigrants were coming in and we we r e bu i ld i n g our educational system — is that we’re consolidating some schools, cutting back on libraries, and not making the adjustments needed.” He also sees unemployment’s effects on literacy, and notes that most language that flows into a family comes through t h e wo r k p l a c e . “You have the language of your coworkers. People are talking about what happened o n t h e i r jo b s ,” Myers says. Employ me nt a lso allows families wider interests and hobbies. “If you raise a child in this language-rich environment, when they get to school they’re ready,” Myers explains. “But when people are not employed, you create pockets of language poverty. Some kids are entering schools at 5 years old and they are a year and a half behind the other kids because they don’t hear language at home.” He hopes people will become cognizant of the problem. “We’re not talking about reading as much as we should be talking about reading.”



A World in Peril

et e r Hel le r at t e nde d “You don’t need to know the statisD a r t m o u t h C ol l e g e , tics — half our coral reefs are dead t h e n we n t o n t o t h e or dying, one-third of all plants and Iowa Wr it e r s’ Wor k- one-quarter of all mammals are on shop, where he received the verge of extinction, etc. — to feel an MFA in fiction and the accelerating losses, the sense of poetry. He has written extensively change, of devastation occurring at a on outdoor subjects for a variety of faster and faster rate. We are presidpublications and non-fiction books, ing at one of the most dramatic mobut in 2012 he rements in the histurned to his litertory of the Earth.” ary roots with his I n t he novel, f i r st novel, T he Hig has endured Dog Stars. fo r n i n e ye a r s “I always felt I thanks in part to was writing with a pact he’s made one hand tied bewith another surh i n d m y b a c k ,” v ivor, Bi ngley. says Heller of his They live inside journalism career. a perimeter cen“When I wrote The tered on an abanDog Stars it was doned pr ivate like coming home. airport, and each It wa s t h e mo s t d ay H ig t a ke s thrilling thing I’ve to the air in a ever done, w r it1956 Cessn a ing with all cylinders. And once you t o p at rol for start making it all up, there’s no goscavengers, ing back!” bu t h e n eve r The Dog Stars’ protagonist, Hig, vent u res past inhabits a world that is slowly, perthe point of no haps irretrievably, dying. “The f lu return — until killed almost everybody, then the a faint, scratchy blood disease killed even more,” he voice on h is reports, and with each passing year plane’s radio rekindles the hope that there is less wildlife. a better life may still be possible. The real world is similarly in peril. Outside the world of the book, “We are crushing the earth under the Heller also has hope for a better life. resource demands and the eff luent “I think we are in very tough times, of our population,” Heller says. “I do and I also think it’s a great opportuthink our world will look a lot differ- nity to exercise our greatest humanent in 50 years. There will be great ity. Not to retreat into selfish fear and social disruptions, food and water defensiveness, but to take responsishortages, much less biodiversity. bility and find our joy in great comIt’s very tragic. No sugar coating it. passion,” says Heller. “If we can “We are in the middle of the Sixth open our hearts, now is the time to Great Mass Extinction, this one do it.” caused by us,” Heller continues.

LAKE SUPERIOR’S MAGNETISM Danielle Sosin published her first novel, The LongShining Waters, in 2011, and accolades have poured in ever since. The Twin Cities publication City Pages selected it as one of the top 15 books of all time set in Minnesota, and it won the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. But for Sosin, its selection as this year’s One Book South Dakota was truly moving. “To have the work deemed worthy of discussion across the entire state is humbling,” Sosin says. “In addition, the fact that Lake Superior, the center of the novel, lies distant from the borders of South Dakota signals to me that the universal themes of the book — human survival, connectedness, non-linear time, abounding mystery — are strong. And that is deeply satisfying.” The novel tells the stories of three women living in three different centuries, but its main character is Lake Superior. Sosin presents the lake as a living being that is less an iconic backdrop than a source of hardship and inspiration. To host a One Book South Dakota discussion, apply at www.sdhumanities. org/programs_book.htm


Writers’ Support WRITING WITH EASE “There’s a certain naturalness you need for a good story — nothing forced, nothing pretentious,” says former USA Today writer Craig Wilson. “A good story a lot of times almost writes itself.” And Wilson should know. His weekly column “The Final Word” ran from 1996 to 2013, extolling the simple humor in everyday life. He’s written feature stories and book reviews as well, and sees importance in using “good, tight sentences” and not a lot of big words. “You have to get in and get out quickly to keep your readers interested,” Wilson says. “Having worked in the book section of USA Today, you look at a book and think, ‘That’s really good but nobody’s going to wade through that anymore.’ That’s kind of part of the trend.” W ilson took a buyout last spring after 30 years at the national daily paper. He plans to write a book about his career, though he’s enjoyed a leisurely retirement thus far. “I quite understand the ladies who lunch now, because it gives a focus to your day,” Wilson jokes. “You actually have to get up and wash your hair, get dressed and go out into the world.” 12 • SOUTH DAKOTA FESTIVAL OF BOOKS


Fun, Fury and Fallout

aughter makes serious topics accessible. In Susan Dworkin’s plays, her characters’ personal lives intersect with politics, creating humorous as well as dramatic results. A low-level government clerk in her latest play, The Farm Bill, undergoes a political awakening that results in a one-woman uprising, briefly bringing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s bureaucracy to a standstill.

It’s a setting Dworkin has experienced f irsthand. The New York suburbanite and political junkie knew nothing about farming when she started working at the Department of Agriculture after college. The ag world was revolutionizing as industrial outfits supplanted small fa r ms a nd USDA researchers unlocked Mother Nature’s secrets. “I found myself fascinated by how the far mers were coping and thunderstruck by what the techies at Beltsville were working on. Tomatoes raised to fit into specific boxes and shipping schedules. Bugs poisoned with their own pheromones,” says Dworkin. “It was all amazing to me.” After leaving the USDA, Dworkin covered aid programs in the Middle East, interviewed celebrities as a contributing editor at Ms. magazine and wrote a number of non-fiction books.

But she remained fascinated with agriculture, viewing it as a barometer of economic and spiritual health. “Long after I left the depar tment, I kept traipsing around the world, reporting on hydroelectric dams and irrigation projects, experimental plantations and the dislocation of farm families everywhere,” Dworkin says. Her 2009 nonfiction book The Viking in the Wheat Field told the story of Danish scientist Bent Skovmand’s quest to ensure t he f ut u re of t he world’s food supply by preserving plant genetic resources in seed banks. Dworkin’s interest in politics surpasses her interest in agriculture. “Many of my plays concern the political awakening of characters who thought they only had private lives.” She’s found special rewards in politically-charged playwriting. “I believe the theatre is a logical place for politics,” Dworkin says. “Few things are more fun than satirizing the powers that be, no matter how furious they may become. As for the fallout — the impact the play may have on our general civic conversation — that’s what the political writer lives for.” It’s rewarding for the audience as well. The shared experience of theater helps viewers make sense of political ideas. “Sometimes sitting alone with your TV or your podcast just won’t cut it,” Dworkin says. “Sometimes people just need to sit together, laugh together, to be a community in the dark, in order to really consider an issue.”



Man vs. Sea

rian Fagan was finishing the manuscript for his new book, The Attacking Ocean, when Superstorm Sandy slugged the East Coast. It was as if Mother Nature was proving his argument that the combination of rising sea levels and growing coastal metropolises will someday result in global disaster. Fagan, a professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of California in Santa Barbara, has written extensively on archaeology and climatology. He has been especially prolific in penning books which explore the South Dakota Humanities Council’s 2013 thematic focus on water, including The Great Warming, Beyond the Blue Horizon and Elixir. The Attacking Ocean examines the interactions between humans and the seas over 9,000 years. For much of that time, oceanic fluctuations had little effect on humanity. But the earth’s population grew fivefold from the time of Christ to the Industrial Revolution, and the planet has steadily warmed since 1860. “I ended up with some scary scenarios, not so much from rising seas as from the vicious sea surges that come ashore in the wake of hurricanes, cyclones and other extreme

weather events,” Fagan says. “Future scenarios for places like Bangladesh are frightening, and a world that might involve millions of environmental refugees is something all of us, even as far away as South Dakota, will have to take seriously.” About 200 million people live in places less than 15 feet above sea level. There are protective measures, but Fagan wonders if they are enough — or even feasible. “One solution is to wall off the ocean, which is what the Netherlands have done for centuries, so far with success,” he says. “Few other countries can afford this. To wall off New York would be incredibly expensive, if it could be done. It would take a huge catastrophe for this to happen.” Other remedies include restoring coastal wetlands, restricting coastal development and slowing global warming. “We need global policies for dealing with the environmental refugee problem,” Fagan says. “The numbers of environmental refugees in Bangladesh could easily top 10 million. How do you resettle tropical subsistence farmers in places like South Dakota? This may seem like a far-fetched question, but it is not. It’s going to be a serious issue for our great-grandchildren.”

Few have compassion for a woman accused of murdering her children, as in the classic Greek myth of Medea, but Linda Hogan’s recent poem and performance piece, Indios, sympathetically updates the ancient tragedy. The Chickasaw poet, novelist and essayist explores the impact of the Americas’ colonization through the life story of one unjustly accused Native American woman. Revealing history, culture and ecology from the traditional Native American perspective is a hallmark of Hogan’s work. “Tradition comes largely from the world around us,” Hogan says. “It is not only what’s passed on, but it is even in the languages, the relationship with the land.” That love of the land often steers Hogan toward ecological issues. Her novel Power explored the endangered Florida Everglades. Solar Storms and an essay in the book Dwellings focus on our relationship with water. “Water is the most important issue many of us are facing right now. Here we have water with fecal matter in it. And our aquifers, the amazing underground oceans, are shrinking. The water must go somewhere and it becomes great storms,” Hogan says. “It is sacred to all people. And now corporations are wishing to own it.” 13

PRESENTERS LORI G. ARMSTRONG Lori G. Armstrong left the firearms industry in 2000 to pursue her dream of writing crime fiction. The first book in her Julie Collins series, Blood Ties, was nominated for a 2005 Shamus Award for Best First Novel. Hallowed Ground received a 2006 Shamus Award nomination and a Daphne du Maurier nomination, and won the 2007 WILLA Literary Award. Shallow Grave was nominated for a 2008 High Plains Book Award and was a finalist for the 2008 WILLA Literary Award. The first book in her Mercy Gunderson series, No Mercy, won the 2011 Shamus Award for Best Hardcover Novel and was a finalist for the WILLA Literary Award. Her latest novel, Merciless, appeared in January 2013. Armstrong lives in western South Dakota.

TODD BOSS Todd Boss’s award-winning poetry collections are Pitch (2012) and Yellowrocket (2008), both finalists for the Minnesota Book Award. His 35-part “Fragments for the 35W Bridge” was part of a collaboration with Swedish artist Maja Spasova called “Project 35W,” an art installation on the Mississippi River. Panic, Boss’s retelling of Knut Hamsun’s 1894 novella Pan, will premiere as a one-man opera in 2013, arranged by Boston Conservatory’s Andy Vores. Boss is a founding co-director of Motionpoems, a producer of poetry films now collaborating with Copper Canyon, Milkweed, Graywolf and other publishers. Boss lives in suburban Saint Paul with his wife and children.

JOSEPH BOTTUM Joseph Bottum is an essayist and poet living in the Black Hills. His work has appeared in the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, while his books include his South Dakota memoir, The Christmas Plains, and his poetry collection, The Second Spring. The former literary editor of the Weekly 14 • SOUTH DAKOTA FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

Standard and former editor-in-chief of the journal First Things, Bottum holds a Ph.D. in medieval philosophy and lectures on literary, philosophical and religious topics. He has done commentary for television networks from EWTN and C-SPAN to the BBC, including NBC’s Meet the Press and the PBS NewsHour.

C.J. BOX C.J. Box is the author of 17 novels, including the Joe Pickett series. In 2013, he released Breaking Point (a Joe Pickett novel) and The Highway (a stand-alone featuring Cody Hoyt). Among Box’s honors are the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Novel, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award and the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers’ Association Award for fiction. Three of his novels — Open Season, Blue Heaven and Nowhere to Run — have been optioned for film. Before becoming a writer, Box worked as a ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, reporter, editor and co-owner of an international tourism marketing firm. Box and his wife, Laurie, live in Wyoming and have three daughters.

SANDRA BRANNAN Sandra Brannan has created a mystery series around Liv Bergen, a woman who embodies the spirit of South Dakota. The first three installments are In the Belly of Jonah (2010), Lot’s Return To Sodom (2011) and Widow’s Might (2012). Her books have landed on the Denver Post bestseller list and reached the top 10 for e-book mysteries and top five for women’s mysteries. In September she will launch the fourth in her series, Noah’s Rainy Day. Brannan lives in Rapid City.

NATALEE CAPLE Natalee Caple is the author of four books and the co-editor of an anthology of contemporary fiction, The Note-

books: Interviews and New Fiction from Contemporary Writers. Her first novel, The Plight of Happy People in an Ordinary World, was optioned by Ciné-action in Montreal. Her latest, In Calamity’s Wake, follows Calamity Jane’s abandoned daughter through the Badlands as she seeks her mother. Caple’s work has been optioned for film and nominated for a National Magazine Award, the Journey Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Award. She lives in Ontario.

MARY CASANOVA Mary Casanova is the author of 30 books for young readers, including picture books The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town and Utterly Otterly Night, her most recent YA novel Frozen and books for American Girl. Once a reluctant reader, Casanova is passionate about writing “stories that matter and books that kids can’t put down.” Her books frequently land on state reading lists and have earned awards such as the ALA Notable Book, Parent’s Choice Gold Award and two Minnesota Book Awards. She lives in northern Minnesota with her husband, Charlie.

ANN CHARLES Ann Charles writes humorous mysteries splashed with suspense, paranormal and romance. Her book Nearly Departed in Deadwood won the 2010 Daphne du Maurier Excellence in Mystery/Suspense Award and the 2011 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements. She has four Deadwood Mystery Series books available; the fifth is due soon. A member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, Charles has a B.A. in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Washington.

ELIZABETH COOK-LYNN Elizabeth Cook-Lynn studied at South Dakota State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English and

journalism in 1952. She studied at New Mexico State University and Black Hills State College and obtained her master’s degree from the University of South Dakota in education, psychology and counseling in 1971. She was in a doctoral program at the University of Nebraska in 1977-78 and was a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at Stanford University in 1976. CookLynn taught high school in New Mexico and South Dakota and was a visiting professor at the University of California at Davis. She spent most of her academic career at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, where she was professor of English and Native American Studies.

MICHAEL DAHLIE Michael Dahlie’s first novel, A Gentleman’s Guide to Graceful Living, won the PEN/Hemingway award in 2009, and he received a Whiting Award in 2010. His fiction has appeared in journals and magazines, while his novels for young readers have appeared on several year-end lists, including The Washington Post’s Top Ten Books For Young Readers 2003. His second novel, The Best of Youth, is out this year. Dahlie is the Booth Tarkington Writer-in-Residence at Butler University in Indianapolis, where he lives with his wife, novelist Allison Lynn, and their son, Evan.

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. 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 him $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 15

PRESENTERS around”—that is, you quit the post office, pal, and the post office quits you.



Michael Dirda, a weekly book columnist for The Washington Post, is the author of the memoir An Open Book and of four collections of essays: Readings, Bound to Please, Book by Book, and Classics for Pleasure. His latest book, On Conan Doyle, won the 2012 Edgar Award for the best biographical/critical work of the year from the Mystery Writers of America. Dirda is a frequent contributor to several literary journals and periodicals, as well as an occasional lecturer and college teacher. He received the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for criticism.

South Dakota’s Poet Laureate since 2002, David Allan Evans was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. He has a B.A. from Morningside College, an M.A. from the University of Iowa and an M.F.A. from the University of Arkansas. He has received writing grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bush Artist Foundation, and has twice been a Fulbright Scholar to China. He is the author of eight collections of poems, most recently The Carnival, The Life (2013), and several books of prose. His poems, short stories and essays have been published in numerous magazines, journals and anthologies, including Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, Southern Review, Esquire and Reader’s Digest.

SUSAN DWORKIN Susan Dworkin’s newly published play The Farm Bill chronicles the political rebellion of a low-level clerk at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Her most recent book is The Viking in the Wheat Field. Other titles include The Nazi Officer’s Wife, an international bestseller; Making Tootsie, a classic film study with Dustin Hoffman; and the novelization of the Madonna movie Desperately Seeking Susan. Dworkin has written numerous plays, including The Baking Song, The Miami Dig, The Old Mezzo and All Day Suckers. For 10 years, she was a contributing editor at Ms. magazine. She lives in Massachusetts.

HEID ERDRICH A member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe, Heid Erdrich grew up in North Dakota. She earned degrees from Dartmouth College and The Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. Erdrich has four times been nominated for the Minnesota Book Award, which she won in 2009 for National Monuments. She has written four poetry collections and will release her first cookbook, Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories and Recipes from the Upper Midwest, this year. Er16 • SOUTH DAKOTA FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

drich is an independent scholar and visiting writer.

BRIAN FAGAN Brian Fagan is an archaeologist, historian and author. Educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge, he spent his early career in Africa, where he worked in what is now the National Museum of Zambia. He came to the United States in 1966 and to the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1967, where he taught anthropology until 2003. His publications include seven college texts, two books for the National Geographic Society and four books on ancient climate. A former Guggenheim Fellow, he has been interviewed for numerous public and Discovery/TLC television programs and has served as a technical consultant for the Time-Life series on Lost Civilizations.

ROB FLEDER Rob Fleder was executive editor of Sports Illustrated and the editor of Sports Illustrated Books during his 20 years at Time Inc. Among the New York Times bestsellers he edited for SI Books were The Football Book, The Baseball Book, SI 50: The Anniversary Book and Hate Mail From Cheerleaders (by Rick Reilly). He most recently edited Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World’s

Most Loved (and Hated) Team, a collection of original essays about the New York Yankees, and Paper Trails: True Stories of Confusion, Mindless Violence and Forbidden Desires, A Surprising Number of Which Are Not About Marriage (by Pete Dexter).


Bob Garfield is a columnist, critic, essayist, pundit, lecturer and broadcast personality. Garfield co-hosts NPR’s weekly Peabody Award-winning program “On the Media.” He also writes columns for MediaPost and The Guardian. For a dozen years, Garfield was a commentator/correspondent for NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Dubbed “the Charles Kuralt of Bizarro World,” he specialized RHIANNON FRATER in quirky Americana. Garfield was also Rhiannon Frater is the author of the As a columnist for Advertising Age and the World Dies trilogy (The First Days, advertising analyst for ABC News. He’s Fighting to Survive, Siege) which fol- been a regular on Financial News Netlows two women flee- work, CNBC’s “Power Lunch” and PBS’s ing into the Texas Hill “Adam Smith’s Money Game.” Country to survive the z o m b i e a p o c a l y p s e . MARGARET PETERSON HADDIX She won the Dead Let- Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up in ter Award for The First Ohio and graduated from Miami UniDays and Fighting to versity of Ohio. She worked as a reportSurvive. Frater’s other books include er in Indianapolis and community colvampire novels Pretty When She Dies lege instructor in Illinois before her first and The Tale of the Vampire Bride and book was published in 1995. She has young-adult zombie novel The Living written over 30 books for children and Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. She teens, most recently Risked (the sixth lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband. book in the Missing series) and a stand-

alone, Game Changer. Her books have received New York Times bestseller status and m o re t h a n a d o z e n state reader’s choice awards. Haddix and her husband, Doug, live in Columbus, Ohio.

KAREN HALL Karen Hall, environmental engineer and writer, lives with her husband Jeff Nelsen near Rapid City. Her first Hannah Morrison mystery, Unreasonable Risk, a thriller about sabotage in an oil refinery, was published in 2006, and the second, Through Dark Spaces, set in South Dakota’s gold mining industry, followed in 2012. Hall is finishing a novel about infertility and working on the third Hannah Morrison mystery. She is also past president of the Black Hills Writers Group.

BILL HEAVEY Bill Heavey is an editor-at-large for Field & Stream and writes the back page column, “A Sportsman’s Life.” His books


PRESENTERS include If You Didn’t Bring Jerky, What Did I Just Eat? and It’s Only Slow Food Until You Try to Eat It: Misadventures of a Suburban HunterGatherer, which chronicles his attempts at closing the distance between himself and his food. His work has appeared in Men’s Journal, Outside, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.

PAUL L. HEDREN Paul L. Hedren of Omaha is a retired National Park Service superintendent. A lifelong student of the 19th century Army and the Indian wars of the Northern Plains, Hedren has written and published extensively. He is the author of 10 books. First Scalp for Custer in 1980 was his first, and Ho! For the Black Hills: Captain Jack Crawford Reports the Black Hills Gold Rush and Great Sioux War is his latest. His recent book After Custer: Loss and Transformation in Sioux Country received the 2012 Wrangler Nonfiction Book Award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

PETER HELLER Peter Heller holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in both fiction and poetry. An award-winning adventure writer and longtime contributor to NPR, Heller is a contributing editor at Outside magazine, Men’s Journal and National Geographic Adventure, and a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek. In addition to his novel, The Dog Stars, he is the author of several nonfiction books, including Kook, The Whale Warriors, and Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet’s Tsangpo River. He lives in Denver, Colo.

LINDA HOGAN Linda Hogan is a Chickasaw writer, activist and public speaker. Her most recent books are the poetry collections Indios and Rounding the Human Corners and the novel People of the Whale. A new collection of poems, The 18 • SOUTH DAKOTA FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

Remedies, is due out in 2013. She has been named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the International Impact Award. Her non-fiction includes essay collections and a memoir. She is a Professor Emerita from the University of Colorado now serving as writer-in-residence for the Chickasaw Nation.

V.R. JANIS Janis graduated from high school in Kyle, then earned a degree in environmental science from Oglala Lakota College. She has pursued writing and photography for the last three years. She has published the Hidden Magic Trilogy of young adult fantasy novels, as well as Native Me, a book of poetry and photography. She hopes to release Stolen Light, Book 1 of The Light Chronicles, and Unique Adaptations, a dystopian young adult fantasy, in 2013.

CRAIG JOHNSON Craig Johnson is the author of eight novels in the Walt Longmire mystery series, which has garnered popular and critical acclaim. Another Man’s Moccasins was the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award winner and the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers’ Book of the Year, and The Dark Horse was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Junkyard Dogs won the Watson Award for a mystery novel with the best sidekick, and Hell Is Empty was a New York Times bestseller. The Walt Longmire series is the basis for the hit A&E drama, Longmire, starring Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips and Katee Sackoff. Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyo.

MARILYN JOHNSON Marilyn Johnson is the author of two books: This Book is Overdue!, about librarians and archivists in the digital age, and The Dead Beat, about the art of obituaries and obituary writers. She is a former editor and staff writer for Life and other magazines, and lives with her family, including her writer/editor husband Rob Fleder, in New York.

TED KOOSER Two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser is the author of 11 poetry collections, including Weather Central and Delights and Shadows, which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. Kooser’s writing is known for clarity, precision and accessibility, and his poems are included in textbooks and anthologies used in secondary schools and colleges. Kooser has also written plays, fiction, personal essays, literary criticism and children’s books. Among Kooser’s many honors are two NEA fellowships in poetry, the Pushcart Prize, the Nebraska Book Award and a Merit Award from the Nebraska Arts Council. He lives near Garland, Neb., with his wife, Kathleen Rutledge.

JON K. LAUCK Jon K. Lauck was born on a farm near Madison. He studied history and political science at SDSU in Brookings, then received his Ph.D. in economic history from the University of Iowa and his law degree from the University of Minnesota. Lauck practiced law and taught history at SDSU and now serves as Senior Advisor and Counsel to U.S. Senator John Thune. Lauck is the author of American Agriculture and the Problem of Monopoly: The Political Economy of Grain Belt Farming, 1953-1980, Daschle v. Thune: Anatomy of a High Plains Senate Race, and Prairie Republic: The Political Culture of Dakota Territory, 1879-1889, as well as the co-author and co-editor of The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture. Lauck’s new book, The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History, will appear this fall.

DARCY LIPP-ACORD Darcy Lipp-Acord grew up near Timber Lake and now resides on a ranch near the Montana-Wyoming border with her husband, Shawn, and their six children. Her memoir, Circling Back Home: A Plainswoman’s Journey, comes out in September 2013. Lipp-Acord graduated from Carroll College in Helena, Mont.,


PRESENTERS and taught high school in Montana and Wyoming. She works as a youth services librarian in Gillette. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies, including Woven on the Wind, Crazy Woman Creek and My Heart’s First Steps.

ALLISON LYNN Allison Lynn’s first novel, Now You See It, won the William Faulkner Medal from the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and the Chapter One Award from the Bronx Center for the Arts. Her latest novel is The Exiles. Lynn has written articles, reviews, and essays for The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Sun-Times and People. She teaches in the Creative Writing program at Butler University in Indianapolis, where she lives with her husband, writer Michael Dahlie, and their son, Evan.

MERLYN MAGNER Merlyn Magner was born in Flint, Mich., in 1952. At the age of 7, she and her family moved to Rapid City, where her father worked in broadcasting. Magner graduated from Stevens High School in 1970. She received her degree in Humanities and Art History from West Los Angeles College before working in the corporate travel industry. She returned to the Black Hills in 2007 to work on her first book, Come Into the Water, her memoir of the Rapid City Flood of 1972. She lives in the Ozark Mountains.

FREYA MANFRED Freya Manfred’s sixth collection of poetry, Swimming With A Hundred Year Old Snapping Turtle, won the 2009 Midwest Bookseller’s Choice Award for Poetry. Her recent collection is The Blue Dress. Her poetry has appeared in over 100 reviews and magazines and over 30 anthologies. Her memoir, Frederick Manfred: A Daughter Remembers, was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award and an Iowa Historical Society Award. Manfred is married to screenwriter Thomas Pope. Their sons Ethan Rowan Pope and Nicholas Bly Pope have illustrated some of her work.  20 • SOUTH DAKOTA FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

BILL MARKLEY History and travel have fascinated Bill Markley since he was a boy in Pennsylvania. Upon moving to Pierre in 1976, he immersed himself in local history and participated in Civil War and Western frontier reenacting. Markley worked on the films Dances With Wolves, Son of the Morning Star, Far and Away, Gettysburg and Crazy Horse. He has contributed to numerous magazines and written three nonfiction books. His latest book, Deadwood Dead Men, is a fictional account of a string of murders starting with Wild Bill Hickok. Markley and his wife, Liz, live in Pierre, where they raised two children.

CHRISTOPHER MERRILL Christopher Merrill has published five collections of poetry and five works of nonfiction, including Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars and Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain. His latest book, The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War, chronicles his travels in Malaysia, China, Mongolia and the Middle East in the wake of the war on terror. His honors include a knighthood in arts and letters from the French government. A member of the National Council on the Humanities and the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, he directs the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

KENT MEYERS Kent Meyers is the author of The Witness of Combines, a memoir, and several books of fiction, including Light in the Crossing, The River Warren and The Work of Wolves. Two of his books have appeared on The New York Times list of Notable Books. His most recent novel, Twisted Tree, won the High Plains Book Award and the Society of Midland Authors Award for fiction. He has published fiction and essays in dozens of literary journals, and was recently a writer-in-residence in Clermont-Ferrand, a city in France. Meyers teaches at Black Hills State University and in Pacific

Lutheran University’s MFA program.

BOB MINZESHEIMER Since 1997, Bob Minzesheimer has been USA Today’s New York-based book reviewer and reporter. Before he wrote about books, he covered politics in Washington, D.C., and education in Rochester, N.Y. He’s a native of Brooklyn and a graduate of Colgate University and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, and was a Knight fellow at Stanford University. He’s a former president of the board of trustees of the Ossining (N.Y.) Public Library and a former executive board member of the National Book Critics Circle. He lives in Scarborough, N.Y., with his wife, Mary Murphy, a filmmaker and author, and their two children.


Marcia Mitchell is a former associate director of the American Film Institute

and former senior executive of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She is a prize-winning journalist and author of five non-fiction books. Recently, her writing has focused on espionage and intelligence. Her book, The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion, was named a UK best book of the year in 2008. The subject matter, a secret service officer who leaked an international spy operation that outraged much of the world, has again embroiled her in controversy about the difference between heroic and traitorous deeds.

STEVEN T. MITCHELL Steven T. Mitchell is a native of Lead and a life-long resident of the Black Hills. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mining engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He spent much of his career with the Homestake Mining Company as a mine planning engineer, mine superintendent and Open Cut superintendent. After the mine closed in 2001, he

assisted in transferring much of the property to the state of South Dakota for conversion to a science laboratory, and helped develop a decommissioning, closure and reclamation plan. He also consults for the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority. He and his wife, Cindy, live near Sturgis.

MARY MCDONAGH MURPHY Mary McDonagh Murphy is a director, writer, author and television producer. Her most recent documentary is Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird, released theatrically and broadcast nationally on PBS’s American Masters. The companion book is Scout, Atticus and Boo. Murphy has also produced stories for CBS News and NBC News, and has written for Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, New York Post and Publishers Weekly. A Rhode Island native, she is a graduate of Wesleyan University and was a John S. Knight fellow at Stanford


PRESENTERS University. She lives in Scarborough, N.Y., with her husband, Bob Minzesheimer, and their two children.

WALTER DEAN MYERS Walter Dean Myers is the author of more than 80 books for children and young adults, including Sunrise Over Fallujah, Fallen Angels, Monster, Slam! and Harlem. Myers has received two Newbery Honors and five Coretta Scott King Awards, and was the inaugural recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award and the 1994 recipient of the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award for a “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.” Myers was named 2012-2013 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress and the Children’s Book Council.

CHARLES NAUMAN Charles Nauman has released two volumes of poetry: Double Woman and how it goes jumping. His poetry has appeared in A Cadence of Hooves, his creative non-fiction has been published in the Iowa Review, and his novel, Pola, was published in 2011. As a screenw r i t e r a n d d i re c t o r, Nauman’s films have ranged from the feature Johnny Vik to the experimental Sitting Bull’s Bones with Stan Brakhage. His Tahtonka was an American Film Festival Blue Ribbon winner and the Critic’s Choice for a BBC-TV reprise. Nauman and his wife, Grete Bodøgaard, a tapestry artist, split time between Norway and their live-in studio, a renovated bank in Volin.

ANDREW NIKIFORUK For more than two decades Andrew Nikiforuk has written about energy, economics and the West, winning seven National Magazine Awards and earning top honors for investigative writing from the Association of Canadian Journalists. The Tar Sands, which criticized the pace and scale of the world’s larg22 • SOUTH DAKOTA FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

est energy project, won the 2009 Rachel Carson Environment Book Award. Empire of the Beetle, which explains how a bug reshaped Western geography, was a Governor General’s nominee for non-fiction in 2011. His latest book, The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude, calls for a moral revolution in our attitudes towards energy consumption. Nikiforuk, his wife and three sons live in Calgary, Alberta.

NAOMI SHIHAB NYE Naomi Shihab Nye has spent 37 years leading workshops and inspiring students. Drawing on her PalestinianAmerican heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas and her experiences traveling, Nye uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity. Nye’s books of poetry include A Maze Me: Poems for Girls, Red Suitcase, Fuel and You & Yours. She is also the author of several collections of essays, two novels for young readers and two picture books. Her most recent books are There Is No Long Distance Now (short stories) and Transfer (poems). She was named laureate of the 2013 NSK Prize for Children’s Literature.

THOMAS POPE Over 30 years as a professional screenwriter, Thomas Pope has worked for Francis Coppola, Ridley Scott, Robert Redford, Penny Marshall and Frank Oz. He has written on Lords of Discipline, Bad Boys, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Sweet Land. Pope teaches screenwriting and film history at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His first book was Good Scripts, Bad Scripts: Learning the Craft of Screenwriting Through 25 of the Best and Worst Films in History. His Lethal Genius: The Hitman in American Film is forthcoming. He’s married to poet Freya Manfred. Their sons, Ethan Rowan Pope and Nicholas Bly Pope, are visual artists.

JANE TORNESS RASMUSSEN Jane Torness Rasmussen started working with a family collection of immigrant letters 20 years ago. The endeavor led to a readers’ theater production that she and her husband John have performed more than 60 times. They worked on the Emmy-award winning documentary The Stavig Letters in 2011 and contributed to the book “Dear Unforgettable Brother”: The Stavig Letters from Norway and America, 1881-1937 released in September 2013. They live in Sisseton near the homestead of immigrant Lars Stavig. Jane taught writing at Sisseton Wahpeton College and John is a banker. 

B.A. SHAPIRO B.A. Shapiro is the author of The Art Forger, a literary thriller about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist that spans three centuries of forgers, art thieves and obsessive collectors. Writing as Barbara Shapiro, she is also the author of five suspense novels — The Safe Room, Blind Spot, See No Evil, Blameless and Shattered Echoes — as well as the non-fiction book The Big Squeeze. Shapiro has also written four screenplays: Blind Spot, The Lost Coven, Borderline and Shattered Echoes. She lives in Boston with her husband Dan and teaches creative writing at Northeastern University.

DANIELLE SOSIN 2013 One Book South Dakota author Danielle Sosin began writing fiction at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. In 2000, she published her first book, Garden Primitives, a collection of short stories. She spent the next decade examining the power of Lake Superior while writing The Long-Shining Waters, published in 2011.The book won the Milkweed National Fiction Prize and was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. Sosin has received awards and fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council and the Loft Literary Center. Her fiction has been featured in the


PRESENTERS Alaska Quarterly Review and recorded for National Public Radio’s “Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story” and Iowa Public Radio’s “Live from Prairie Lights.” She lives in Duluth, Minn.

CHRISTINE STEWART-NUÑEZ Christine Stewart-Nuñez is the author of several poetry collections, including Snow, Salt, Honey (2012), Keeping Them Alive (2011) and Postcard on Parchment (2008). Her essay “An Archeology of Secrets” won the 15th Annual Creative Nonfiction Prize at the Briar Cliff Review and was included by David Brooks as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2012. Her work has appeared in such magazines as Arts & Letters, Calyx, North American Review, Prairie Schooner and Shenandoah. A Des Moines, Iowa native, she teaches creative writing, literature and composition at South Dakota State University.

DAVID TREUER David Treuer is an Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota. He attended Princeton University, where he worked with Toni Morrison, Paul Muldoon and Joanna Scott. He published his first novel, Little, at age 24, and has since written three others and a book of criticism. Treuer received the Pushcart Prize, the Minnesota Book Award, and fellowships from the NEH and the Bush Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California. He splits time between Los Angeles and Leech Lake.

RICHARD VAN CAMP Richard Van Camp is a member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. He authored two children’s books with Cree artist George Littlechild: A Man Called Raven and What’s the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses? His collections of short fiction include Angel Wing Splash Pattern and Godless but Loyal to Heaven. He is the author of three baby books (Welcome Song for Baby: 24 • SOUTH DAKOTA FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

A Lullaby for Newborns, Nighty Night: A Bedtime Song for Babies, and Little You) and two comic books (Kiss Me Deadly and Path of the Warrior).

C.M. WENDELBOE C.M. Wendelboe entered law enforcement in the 1970s. He worked in South Dakota towns bordering three Indian reservations, assisting federal and tribal agencies embroiled in conflicts with American Indian Movement activists. He then moved to Gillette, Wyo., and found his niche as a sheriff’s deputy and firearms instructor. During his 38-year career, he served as police chief, policy adviser and supervisor for several agencies. Now retired and pursuing writing, Wendelboe revisits the Pine Ridge Reservation for recreation and research for his Spirit Road Mysteries series.

CRAIG WILSON Craig Wilson was a feature writer at USA Today for 30 years, writing his popular Wednesday column, “The Final Word,” from 1996 to 2013. A collection of his columns was published as It’s the Little Things: An Appreciation of Life’s Simple Pleasures. His essays also appear in Mothers and Children, a photo book from National Geographic. He has been a speaker and participant at numerous writers’ workshops, including the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop at the University of Dayton. He is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

JERRY WILSON Jerry Wilson has worked on a farm, as a college professor, reporter and managing editor of South Dakota Magazine. His publications include over 100 stories in South Dakota Magazine and three books. Blackjacks and Blue Devils (2011) recreates through fiction the characters and images of the western life he has known. Waiting for Coyote’s Call: An Eco-memoir from the Missouri River Bluff (2008) details a quarter century of living with nature. American Ar-

tery: A Pan American Journey (2000) tells the stories of people and places along his trip from Canada to Panama.

NORMA C. WILSON Norma C. Wilson has authored three books: Wild Iris, The Nature of Native American Poetry and Under the Rainbow: Poems from Mojácar. She collaborated with her husband, Jerry Wilson, to write the script for South Dakota: A Meeting of Cultures and with Charles Woodard to edit One-Room Country School. Wilson’s poems have appeared in South Dakota Magazine, Paddlefish, Caduceus and South Dakota Review. Wilson taught English at the University of South Dakota for 27 years. She and Jerry live above the Missouri River near Vermillion.

SARA WOSTER South Dakota native Sara Woster studied painting at the University of Minnesota before moving to New York City. She has exhibited paintings and animation internationally and has written collaborative multimedia performances presented at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and Franklin Art Works in Minneapolis. Woster holds a BFA in creative writing from The New School in New York and has published several non-fiction essays. She and her family divide time between Brooklyn and Northern Minnesota.

ROSE ROSS ZEDIKER Rose Ross Zediker started penning short pieces for children’s Sunday school take-home papers. During the twoplus decades she’s been writing, her byline has appeared on over 60 works of fiction, non-fiction and Sunday school curriculum. When she decided to write a book, it seemed natural to pen inspirational romances. Zediker and her husband live in southeastern South Dakota, where she works at the University of South Dakota.



FRIDAY, Sept. 20

1 – 3 pm — Spearfish Senior Center, 1306 10th St., Spearfish — Book Talk and Signing, Charles Rogers, South Dakota’s Challenges Since 1960

10 am – 12 pm — Deadwood Mountain Grand, Prospector Room — Workshop: Writing Your Memoir — Darcy Lipp-Acord — $20 TICKET REQUIRED

TUESDAY, Sept. 17

10 am – 12 pm — Deadwood Mountain Grand, Hotel Conference Room — Workshop: Writing Strong Beginnings — Mary Casanova — $20 TICKET REQUIRED

6:30 – 8 pm — Whitewood Public Library, 1201 Ash St., Whitewood — Local Author Signing Party, featuring Whitewood Elementary School sixth grade class, A Journey Through Time: Whitewood Schools 1888-2013 7 – 9 pm — Days of ’76 Museum, 18 Seventy-Six Dr., Deadwood — Screening of The Buffalo King and discussion with filmmaker Justin Koehler

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18 All Day — Deadwood — Deadwood Paint Out, SD artists will be painting on the streets of Deadwood 1 – 4 pm — D.C. Booth National Historic Fish Hatchery & Archives, 423 Hatchery Circle, Spearfish — Author Signing Party, D.C. Booth Society, Images of America: Spearfish National Fish Hatchery 5 – 7 pm — Yates Education Building, Sanford Underground Research Facility, 630 E. Summit St., Lead — Lead Chamber of Commerce Mixer (5 pm), Panel Discussion of Homestake History with Steven T. Mitchell, Nuggets to Neutrinos: The Homestake Story (6 pm) 7 – 9 pm — Dahl Arts Center, 713 Seventh St., Rapid City — Women Behaving Badly, Lorelei James (Lori Armstrong), Kissin’ Tell & Rhiannon Frater, The Tale of the Vampire Bride

THURSDAY, Sept. 19 7 – 10 pm — Historic Homestake Opera House, 313 West Main St., Lead — Festival Fundraiser and Author Reception with StoryCorps representative on hand, followed by Concert with Dakota Jazz Collective and Readings by Ann Charles — $50 TICKET REQUIRED 26 • SOUTH DAKOTA FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

10 am – 12 pm — Deadwood Public Library, Main Floor — Workshop: Writing Poetry — Heid Erdrich — $20 TICKET REQUIRED 10 am – 12 pm — Deadwood Public Library, Downstairs — Workshop: Playwriting: The Voice that Isn’t Yours — Susan Dworkin — $20 TICKET REQUIRED 10 am – 12 pm — Days of ’76 Museum — Workshop: Reaching Readers: Publishing and Marketing Your Work — Sandra Brannan, Ann Charles, C.M. Wendelboe — $20 TICKET REQUIRED 10 am – 2 pm — Franklin Hotel, Emerald Room — Writing Marathon — Dakota Writing Project — $15 TICKET REQUIRED 11am – 12 pm — Deadwood Mountain Grand, Bill’s Backstage Bar — SDPB Live Broadcast — Dakota Midday Book Club with Festival Authors 1 – 2 pm — Deadwood Mountain Grand, Prospector Room — Circling Back Home: A Plainswoman’s Journey — Darcy Lipp-Acord 1 – 2:30 pm — Deadwood Public Library, Main Floor — Reception: Pulitzer Prize Times Two Equals Ted Kooser and Michael Dirda 1:30 – 4 pm — Deadwood Mountain Grand, Hotel Conference Room — Film Screening and Discussion — Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird — Mary McDonagh Murphy

2 – 6 pm — Deadwood Mountain Grand, Event Center — Exhibitors’ Hall Open 2 – 3 pm — Deadwood Mountain Grand, Event Center — The Attacking Ocean — Brian Fagan — FREE TICKET REQUIRED 2 – 3:30 pm — Deadwood Mountain Grand, Prospector Room — Motionpoems Screening — Todd Boss 3 – 4 pm — Deadwood Mountain Grand, Event Center — What the Plants Told Me: Zip — Bill Heavey — FREE TICKET REQUIRED 3 – 4:30 pm — Deadwood Public Library, Downstairs — Readings by Undergraduate Writers from South Dakota Colleges 4 – 5 pm — Deadwood Mountain Grand, Event Center — Early Bird Book Signings 6 – 7:45 pm — Martin & Mason Hotel, 1898 Grand Ballroom — Literary Feast: Reflections on Water — Danielle Sosin, Brian Fagan, Peter Heller, Linda Hogan, Merlyn Magner — $45 TICKET REQUIRED 7:30 – 9 pm — Deadwood Mountain Grand, Prospector Room — Open Mic — South Dakota State Poetry Society

To purchase and print tickets for events featuring meals or workshops, or to print FREE tickets for reserved seats at keynote events on the main stage in the Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center, please visit and click on the orange “Register Now” button. Times and presenters are subject to change. Please check the Festival Survivor’s Guide (available at the Exhibitor’s Hall information booth in the Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center or online at www. for updates. (Schedule continues on following page) 27


Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel Event Center

Masonic Temple

Prospector Rm

Conference Rm

Main Floor

Second Floor

Third Floor

Pine Beetles & Tar Sands: Writing about Environmental Issues (Andrew Nikiforuk)

European Interest in Western American Literature (Craig Johnson & Kent Meyers)

Writing What You Don’t Know: The Art Forger (B.A. Shapiro)

Early Day Water Rights & Water Fights in the LeadDeadwood Area (Steven T. Mitchell)

Unforgettable vs. Unforgiveable Villains (Sandra Brannan)

10 – 10:45 am Life & Writing in the

The Best of Youth (Michael Dahlie)

A Separate Country: PostColoniality & American Indian Nations (Elizabeth Cook Lynn)

The State of Media (Bob Garfield)

Deadwood Dead Men (Bill Markley)

Real People, Real Places, Fictional Stories (Natalee Caple & Ann Charles)

11 – 11:45 am The Long-Shining Waters

The Scientist Detective: Using Science to Solve Mysteries (Karen Hall)

Spirituality & the Earth: An Indigenous Philosophy (Linda Hogan)

On Conan Doyle: Or the Whole Art of Storytelling (Michael Dirda)

The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History (Jon Lauck)

Writing About Lies, Spies & Government Secrets (Marcia Mitchell)

12 – 12:45 pm Western Crime Wave

Zombies & Vampires: The Lure of Fantasy (Rhiannon Frater)

Stories from 30 What to Read Now Years at USA Today (Tammy Barrows, (Craig Wilson) Dave Strain & Bob Minzesheimer) TICKET REQUIRED ($10 for boxed meal, FREE for reserved seat only)

8 – 8:45 am 9 – 9:45 am

EXHIBITORS’ HALL OPENS Writing for Teens (Walter Dean Myers & Margaret Peterson Haddix) FREE TICKET REQUIRED Mountain Time Zone (C.J. Box) FREE TICKET REQUIRED


(C.J. Box, Craig Johnson, Lori Armstrong, Sandra Brannan, Ann Charles, C.M. Wendelboe) TICKET REQUIRED ($10 for boxed meal, FREE for reserved seat only)

1 – 1:45 pm

Mass Book Signings in the Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel Event Center!

2 – 2:45 pm

From Fact to Fiction: The Dog Stars (Peter Heller) FREE TICKET REQUIRED

Ocean & Shoreline as Character in the Exiles (Allison Lynn)

Filmmakers on Filmmaking (Charles Nauman & Thomas Pope)

Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life (David Treuer)

A Divided Heart: Exploring the Immigrant Experience Through a Collection of Family Letters (Jane Torness Rasmussen)

Longmire: From Page to Screen (Craig Johnson) FREE TICKET REQUIRED

3 – 3:45 pm

What’s Next for News? (Bob Calamity Jane in Garfield, Bob Minzesheimer Fiction & Reality & Craig Wilson) FREE (Natalee Caple) TICKET REQUIRED

Granite Island, Amber Sea: How to Publish an Anthology (Black Hills Writers Group)

Is Writing Really “Torture”? (Pete Dexter, Rob Fleder & Marilyn Johnson, moderator)

Captain Jack Crawford & the Black Hills Gold Rush (Paul Hedren)

Plot is a Verb (B.A. Shapiro)

4 – 4:45 pm


Open Mic (Black Hills Writers Group)

A Message from the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature: Reading Is Not Optional! (Walter Dean Myers) FREE TICKET REQUIRED

The Western Movie (Thomas Pope)

SATURDAY EVENING EVENTS at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel 5:30 – 7 pm P oetry Cafe with Ted Kooser,

Event Center Naomi Shihab Nye, Heid Erdrich & Christine Stewart-Nuñez (Sponsored by SD State Poetry Society) FREE TICKET REQUIRED 28 • SOUTH DAKOTA FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

5:30 – 9 pm D eadwood Paint-Out Event Center Wet Sale

7:30 – 9 pm It’s the End of the World as We

Event Center Know It: The Appeal of Apocalyp-

5:30 – 9 pm Bill’s B oxed Meals Available Backstage Bar TICKET REQUIRED ($10)

tic Literature (Peter Heller, Rhiannon Frater & Richard Van Camp) FREE TICKET REQUIRED


SOME REGISTRATION REQUIRED Attendees must register in advance to reserve a seat for main stage or keynote events or to purchase a ticket for events featuring food. To register, visit and click on the orange “Register Now” button or call (605) 688-6113. Times and presenters are subject to change. Check the Festival Survivor’s Guide (at the Exhibitors’ Hall information booth or online at for updates.

Deadwood Public Library Main Floor


Lead-Deadwood Elementary Auditorium


St. Ambrose Catholic Church

Franklin Hotel Emerald Rm

Homestake Adams Research & Cultural Center

Four Quarters to a Section: Readings from the SD State Poetry Society Writing Motherhood: The Messy & the Miraculous (Christine Stewart-Nuñez)

Local Color as American Literature (Joseph Bottum)

Native American Culture in Y.A. Fantasy: The Hidden Powers Trilogy (V.R. Janis)


Blackjacks & Blue Devils: Truth in a Pack of Lies (Jerry Wilson)

Ready, Set, Goal! Achieve Your Writing Dreams (Rose Ross Zediker)

Writing the Rural Midwest (Todd Boss)

Writing Mystery vs. Writing Romance (Lori Armstrong)

Enticing Early Readers with Images (Sara Woster)


How a Poet Ends Up Writing a Cookbook (Heid Erdrich)

Writing Groups: Success, Friendship & Coffee (Marilyn Johnson & Mary McDonagh Murphy)

Prism of Memory: Readings and Reflections from Under the Rainbow (Norma Wilson)

War Poetry & Prose (Christopher Merrill)

Among the Books: Writing the Y.A. Series (Margaret Peterson Haddix)


A Flood of Emotions: Finding Meaning After Tragedy (Merlyn Magner)

A Craft Reading: How Draft Leads to Draft (Kent Meyers)

Nurturing Wakanyeja [Children] Through Reading (Robin Carmody & Jace 7:30 – 8:45 pm It’s the End of the World as We DeCory) Event Center Know It: The Appeal of Apocalyptic Literature (Peter Heller, Richard Van Camp & ONE More)


How the Lake Writes My Poems (Freya Manfred)

11 am – 12:30 pm McKenna & Friends: Tea with American Girl Author Mary Casanova TICKET REQUIRED ($12.50)

Mass Book Signings in the Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel Event Center!

A Wandering Poet (Naomi Shihab Nye)

The Farm Bill: Writing the Political Play (Susan Dworkin)

Stories I’ve Learned CHILDREN’S Writing Baby Books ACTIVITIES (Richard Van Camp)

Inspirational Romance: The Faith Factor (Rose Ross Zediker)

The Carnival, the Life: A Reading (David Allan Evans)

Death on the Greasy Grass: A Reading (C.M. Wendelboe)

Write What Haunts CHILDREN’S You: Frozen and the ACTIVITIES Klipfish Code (Mary Casanova)

Much More than Flyover Country: Reading, Writing & Publishing in South Dakota (Jon Lauck & Joseph Bottum)

Double Woman & how it goes jumping: A Reading (Charles Nauman)

SUNDAY, Sept. 22 at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel 9 – 9:45 pm Radio Play: Prospector Rm “Zombie 911” (Richard Van Camp)

10 – 10:45 am B ook Lovers’

11 – 11:45 am G azing into the Future of Books &

Event Center Brunch Buffet

Event Center Publishing (Michael Dirda, Marilyn


Johnson & Bob Minzesheimer, moderator) FREE TICKET REQUIRED 29


Jason Willis Novels, Mapleton, MN

Jan E. Terrall, Books By Terrall, Custer, SD

Mary Yungeberg, Valley Springs, SD

Lisa Airey, Monkton, MD,

Doris Carlson, Sioux Falls, SD


Kathryn Dahlstrom – WriteWright, Inc. Cambridge, MN,

Books-A-Million, Rapid City, SD

John English, Belle Fourche, SD,

Usborne Books & More, Hudson, SD

Jason Irby, Little Rock, AR Joanna Jones – Jones Literature Spearfish, SD, Joe Krogman – John Harwell Mysteries Eagan, MN, Steve Linstrom, Marshall, MN Bill Markley, Pierre, SD, Kari McLaughlin, Gillette, WY Amanda Radke, Mitchell, SD Charles Rogers, Sioux Falls, SD Bruce Roseland, Seneca, SD Kelly Van Hull, Sioux Falls, SD


SD Public Broadcasting, Vermillion, SD


Center for Western Studies, Sioux Falls, SD Christian Science Committee on Publication Rapid City, SD Matthews Opera House & Arts Center – The Big Read, Spearfish, SD, South Dakota State Poetry Society Western Writers of America,


Nemsi Books, Pierpont, SD

Dave Volk – SD Kids Books, Sioux Falls, SD

SD State Historical Society Press, Pierre, SD

Bill Walker, Belle Fourche, SD


Doug O’Neill & Dan Gilbertson – Widowers with Children, Brookings, SD & Arvada, CO

University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE

The Exhibitors’ Hall is located in the Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center. Open from 2 to 6 pm on Friday and 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday. 30 • SOUTH DAKOTA FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

S.D. Tourism


CELEBRATING 11 YEARS! September 20-22, 2013 Deadwood, SD www .sdbookfestival. com 605-688-6113 PRESENTING PARTNERS



The Ament Group of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Sheryl Baloun | Black Hills Power Dakota West Books | Deadwood History, Inc. Deadwood Mountain Grand | Deadwood Public Library Tom and Sherry DeBoer | The de Groot Foundation First Bank and Trust | Franklin Hotel Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead Fee and Jerry Jacobsen | Sandy Jerstad Robert and Gerry Berger Law Lead-Deadwood Elementary School Martin & Mason Hotel | Masonic Temple Hon. Judith Meierhenry | Matthew Moen | Jean Nicholson Scott and Linda Rausch | Dan and Becky Schenk Jerry and Gail Simmons | South Dakota Magazine South Dakota State University Office of the President St. Ambrose Parish | Jack and Linda Stengel TDG Communications | Ann McKay Thompson Ann and Robert Weisgarber William Walsh | Watertown Community Foundation

Save the Date: 12th Annual South Dakota Festival of Books September 26 – 28, 2014, Sioux Falls


2013 Festival of Books Guide  
2013 Festival of Books Guide  

Festival guide featuring information about authors, venues, scheduling and more.