When it comes to selecting a One Book SD, readers typically search for a book that will educate, entertain, and fit the South Dakota Humanities Council’s programming theme for that particular year.
Danielle Sosin’s "The Long-Shining Waters" fits the bill.
Sosin, a Duluth, Minn. Resident and past Festival of Books author, weaves an intricate tale revolving around Lake Superior in her debut novel. An entertaining read from start to finish, the book aligns with the 2013 SDHC programming theme of “Water.”
The selection of Sosin's book was announced during a special presentation at the 2012 South Dakota Festival of Books in Sioux Falls Sept. 28-30.
"Those of us serving on the Water Task Force think "The Long-Shining Waters" is a historically grounded and elegantly written novel that richly describes the uneasy relationship between humans and fresh water, as told through the eyes of women who led very different lives,” said South Dakota Humanities Council Board member Matthew Moen.
“I feel very honored that my work was chosen by the SDHC, and I'm looking forward to spending time in South Dakota next year,” said Sosin.
South Dakotans will no doubt look forward to reading Sosin’s book, which has received rave reviews.
“Frigid, lethal, and wildly beautiful, Lake Superior is as alluring as it is dangerous. Featuring three women living on its shores in three different centuries, Danielle Sosin’s debut novel illuminates the mysterious powers of the greatest of the Great Lakes,” says book publisher Milkweed Editions.
The Los Angeles Times had the following to say about the 2013 One Book:
“You don’t see writing like this often, so infused with an intimate relationship to nature, certainly not in debut novels.”
“Sosin captures the majesty of a Great Lake I’ve never seen in all its dark storminess. The four interwoven narratives become a poetic chorus, stretching back through history, reinforcing the notion that the lake was here before us and will be around after us too. Great for book clubs,” says Daniel Goldin of Boswell Book Co. in Milwaukee, Wisc.
Books that are good for book clubs make good One Book selections, as Sosin’s book will be read and discussed by community reading groups across the state leading up to the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood Sept. 20-22. As the One Book SD author, Sosin will provide a keynote lecture at the 2013 Festival.
A new addition this year will feature three one-week book tours to cities across the state and current plans call for a February conference addressing the five topics of water.
Since 2003, the One Book South Dakota program has encouraged everyone across South Dakota to read and discuss the same novel or memoir throughout the course of a year. The One Book program encourages an interactive and comprehensive discussion of the text as it relates to our everyday lives. Community and book groups receive books on loan and can invite a scholar from the SDHC list to facilitate their discussion.
To learn more about hosting a One Book discussion, please call 688-6113 or visit www.sdhumanities.org
"The Long-Shining Waters" was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, The Midwest Independent Bookseller’s Choice Award, and was the winner of the Milkweed Nation Fiction Prize. Her first book, Garden Primitives a collection of short stories, was published by Coffee House Press, 2000. Danielle has been the recipient of many awards and fellowships including the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and the Loft Literary Center. She lives and works in Duluth, Minn.