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South Dakota Festival of Books
A Program of the South Dakota Center for the Book
2013 One Book SD author Danielle Sosin.
2013 Festival of Books Coming Sept. 20-22 to Deadwood
Excitement is already building for the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books, which will be held Sept. 20-22 in historic Deadwood, SD.
Headlining the 11th annual event is Danielle Sosin, author of The Long-Shining Waters, winner of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize and the 2013 One Book South Dakota. Other confirmed authors include Walter Dean Myers, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature; Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirda; acclaimed mystery writers Lori Armstrong and Ann Charles; Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Ted Kooser and noted Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye.
In keeping with its thematic focus on water, the South Dakota Humanities Council is seeking authors whose work emphasizes water and related issues. Many more authors will be confirmed throughout the year, so please keep an eye on www.sdbookfestival.com and future issues of our e-newsletter. Deadwood Mountain Grand will provide a large centralized location for lodging and events. In 2013, Exhibitor’s Hall will move from the Deadwood Pavilion to the Deadwood Mountain Grand. The beautiful Black Hills will provide a true vacation destination for Festivalgoers. Please join us for the 11th annual Festival of Books!
About the Festival
Each year thousands of people converge on the annual South Dakota Festival of Books, a weekend-long event that features more than 40 well-known authors participating in book signings, presentations, panel discussions, and readings. Author presentations are separated into six tracks: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children’s/young adult, history/tribal, and writer’s support.
Over the course of nine festivals, many distinguished authors and cultural figures have attended, such as Sherman Alexie, Marilynne Robinson, Ted Kooser, Sonia Monzano, Annie Proulx, Quincy Troupe, Dan O'Brien, Susan Power, Louise Erdrich, Roy Blount Jr., Pete Dexter and Ivan Doig; NPR hosts Carl Kassel, Neal Conan, and Juan Williams; and publishing industry representatives including Judy Hottensen, John Glusman, and Paul Cirone.