2015 Festival Preview!

~ Sept. 24-27 in Rapid City and Deadwood ~



William Kent Krueger                                   Megan McDonald


This fall, book lovers across the state will head for the hills—the Black Hills, that is! The 2015 South Dakota Festival of Books, Sept. 24-27 in Rapid City and Deadwood, will feature events for readers and writers of all ages and interests.

Headlining the 13th annual Festival of Books will be William Kent Krueger, author of the 2015 One Book South Dakota, Ordinary Grace. Other confirmed participants include best-selling novelists Garth Stein (The Art of Racing in the Rain, A Sudden Light) and Pam Houston (Cowboys Are My Weakness, Contents May Have Shifted), Harper Lee biographer Charles Shields, Calamity Jane experts Richard Etulain and James McLaird, and poets Linda Hasselstrom and Twyla Hansen, who will give their first reading together from the book Dirt Songs. South Dakota’s new Poet Laureate will also be announced at a special event bringing together outgoing Laureate David Allan Evans and all four Laureate finalists.

Laura Ingalls Wilder fans will have the chance to hear directly from Pamela Smith Hill about the phenomenal success of Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography. Festival favorite John Dufresne will be back to lead a workshop on flash fiction, and the Book Doctors, David Henry Sterry and Arielle Eckstut, will give an encore presentation of their popular Pitchapalooza event.

The young and young at heart will find both entertainment and education at the second annual Young Readers Festival of Books. Led by Megan McDonald, author of the 2015 Young Readers One Book Stink: Twice as Incredible, more than a dozen children’s and young adult authors and illustrators will visit schools and discuss their work. Through the generosity of several area corporations, foundations, and educational organizations, SDHC distributed more than 3,000 books this spring to second-graders throughout the Black Hills area and on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations.

Ashley Wolff (Baby Bear, Miss Bindergarten) will present a “boot camp” for budding illustrators, and science writer Rebecca L. Johnson will describe the fascinating and frightening creatures she’s observed in nature. Teenagers will enjoy learning how National Book Award winner Pete Hautman chooses his topics, from real-life adolescent issues to time-twisting science fiction scenarios.

Hagar the Horrible cartoonist Chris Browne, will talk to students from across the Black Hills at the Sanford Underground Lab about his book The Monster Who Ate the State. Soozy the dinosaur was born in the Sanford Lab!

Watch this space for further updates on presenters and events. We’ll see you in the Hills!

2015 Presenting Partners
2015 Tribute Sponsors
Gerry Berger Law
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A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE DONORS AND VOLUNTEERS WHO SUPPORT SOUTH DAKOTA HUMANITIES COUNCIL PROGRAMS:The Ament Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; Terry & Sherry Baloun; Black Hills Power; Sandra Brannan; Dahl Arts Center; Dakota Indian Foundation; Dakota West Books, Dave Strain; Days of '76 Museum; Deadwood City Hall; Deadwood Mountain Grand - a Holiday Inn Resort; Deadwood Public Library; Deadwood Social Club, Charlie Utter Theater; Sherry & Tom DeBoer; Holly Downing; Franklin Hotel; Friends of the South Dakota Humanities Council; Phoebe Apperson Hearst Library; Historic Adams Research and Cultural Center; Historic Homestake Opera House; Joe & Jennifer Kirby Charitable Fund of the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation; Lead-Deadwood Elementary School; Martin & Mason Hotel; Matthews Opera House & Arts Center; Jason McEntee; Lori McGuire; Hon. Judith Meierhenry; Mark & Carolyn Mollers; Mount Rushmore Bookstores; Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Jean & Tom Nicholson; Pioneer Bank & Trust/F. L. Clarkson Family Foundation; Rapid City Arts Council; Rapid City Public Library; Scott & Linda Rausch; Steven W. Sanford; Sanford Underground Research Facility; Jerry & Gail Simmons; Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation; South Dakota State University Office of the President; Jack & Linda Stengel; Orval Van Deest - in honor of Violet Van Deest; William Walsh & Jo Roebuck-Pearson; Kathy Webb; Ann & Robert Weisgarber

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