2013 Presenters A-G



Lori Armstrong

Lori G. Armstrong left the firearms industry in 2000. 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 Cather Literary Award. Shallow Grave was nominated for a 2008 High Plains Book Award. The first book in the Mercy Gunderson series, No Mercy, won the 2011 Shamus Award for Best Hardcover Novel and was a finalist for the WILLA Cather Literary Award. Armstrong also writes under the pen name Lorelei James, and is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary western erotic romance. Lori lives in western South Dakota. (Sat. 10 a.m., Deadwood Public Library Downstairs, Sat. 12 p.m., Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel Event Center.)


Recent/notable work:
Merciless, No Mercy, Mercy Kill

Todd Boss

Todd Boss’s award-winning poetry collections are Pitch (W. W. Norton, 2012) and Yellowrocket (2008), both finalists for the Minnesota Book Award. Virginia Quarterly Review called Yellowrocket “one of the year’s 10 best poetry books.” His 35-part “Fragments for the 35W Bridge” was part of a collaboration with Swedish artist Maja Spasova called “Project 35W.” Panic, Boss’s verse retelling of Knut Hamsun’s 1894 novella Pan, will premiere as a one-man opera in late 2013, arranged by Boston Conservatory’s Andy Vores. Boss is a founding co-director of Motionpoems, a leading producer of poetry films now collaborating with Milkweed Editions and other publishers. He lives in Saint Paul, where he is the self-appointed poet laureate of Nina’s Café, with his wife and children. (Fri. 2 p.m., Deadwood Mountain Grand Prospector Room, Sat. 10a.m., Deadwood Public Library Main Floor.)

toddbosspoet.com, motionpoems.com

Recent/notable work:

Pitch, Yellow Rocket

Joseph Bottum

Joseph Bottum is a widely published essayist and poet who lives in the Black Hills. His work has appeared in the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and many other newspapers and magazines. while his books include his South Dakota memoir The Christmas Plains (Image/Random House) and his latest poetry collection, The Second Spring (St. Augustine’s Press). The former literary editor of the Weekly Standard and former editor in chief of the journal First Things, Bottum holds a Ph.D. in medieval philosophy and lectures widely 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. (Sat. 9 a.m., Deadwood Public Library Downstairs, Sat. 3 p.m., Lead-Deadwood Elementary Library.)

Recent/notable work:

The Christmas Plains, The Second Spring

CJ Box

C. J. Box is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen novels including the Joe Pickett series. He won the Edgar Alan Poe Award for Best Novel (Blue Heaven, 2009) as well as the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award, and the 2010 Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award for fiction. His short stories have been featured in America’s Best Mystery Stories of 2006 and limited-edition printings. His 2008 novel Blood Trail was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin (Ireland) Literary Award. The novels have been translated into 27 languages. Open Season, Blue Heaven and Nowhere To Run have been optioned for film. (Sat. 10 a.m., Deadwood Mountain Grand Events Center, Sat. 12 p.m., Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center.)


Recent/notable work:

The Highway, Breaking Point

Sandra Brannan

Sandra Brannan has created a heart-pounding mystery thriller series around Liv Bergen, a woman who embodies the spirit of South Dakota. Much like her character, Brannan has spent her career in the mining business. In response to the overwhelming success of In the Belly of Jonah (2010), Lot’s Return To Sodom (2011) and Widow’s Might (2012), Brannan, a Rapid City resident, prioritizes her time first to the librarians and booksellers for nominating her to earn ABA’s Indie Next List Notable, to book clubs and fans who have described Liv Bergen as the love child of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone and Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, and to teachers for all the gratitude she has for their role in her success. This fall brings the fourth in her series, Noah’s Rainy Day. (Fri. 10 a.m., Days of ’76 Museum, Sat. 9a.m., Masonic Temple 3rd Floor, Sat. 12p.m., Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center.)


Recent/notable work:

In the Belly of Jonah, Lot’s Return to Sodom, Widow’s Might, Noah’s Rainy Day

Natalee Caple

Natalee Caple is the author of four books and the co-editor of an anthology of contemporary fiction, The Notebooks: Interviews and New Fiction from Contemporary Writers. Her debut short story collection, The Heart Is Its Own Reason, captured the attention of The New York Times Book Review and earned high international praise. Her first novel, The Plight of the Happy People in an Ordinary World, was optioned by Ciné-action in Montreal. Her latest, Mackerel Sky, is a dark, sexy novel about a mother/daughter counterfeiting team in the Upper Laurentians. Caple's work has been optioned for film and nominated for a National Magazine Award, the Journey Prize, the Bronwen Wallace Award, and the Eden Mills Fiction Award. She lives in Ontario. (Sat. 10 a.m., Masonic Temple 3rd Floor, Sat. 3 p.m., Deadwood Mountain Grand Prospector Room.)


Recent/notable work:

In Calamity's Wake, The Semiconducting Dictionary

Mary Casanova

Mary Casanova is the author of 30 books for young readers, ranging from picture books to YA (Frozen) and American Girl titles. Once a reluctant reader, she 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 many awards, including the ALA Notable Book, Parent’s Choice Gold Award, Booklist Editor’s Choice, and two Minnesota Book Awards. Nationally and internationally, at schools and conferences, Casanova shares her love of writing and reading with children and adults. When she’s not on the road for research or speaking at conferences, Casanova enjoys life in northern Minnesota with her husband, Charlie, and their horses, and three dogs. (Fri. 10a.m. Deadwood Mountain Grand Conference Room, Sat. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Homestake Adams Research & Cultural Center, Sat. 3 p.m., Lead-Deadwood Elementary Auditorium.)


Recent/notable work:

Frozen, The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town, One-Dog Sleigh

Ann Charles

Ann Charles is an award-winning author who writes humorous mysteries that are splashed with suspense, paranormal, and romance. 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. Four Deadwood Mystery Series books are available, with the fifth out in late 2013. A member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Romance Writers of America, Charles has a B.A. in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Washington. When she is not dabbling in fiction, she’s penning writing-themed articles or standing on her workshop soapbox. (Thurs. 7-10 p.m., Historic Homestake Opera House, Fri. 10 a.m., Days of ’76 Museum, Sat. 10 a.m., Masonic Temple 3rd Floor, Sat. 12 p.m., Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center.)


Recent/notable work:

Better Off Dead in Deadwood, Dead Case in Deadwood, Optical Delusions in Deadwood, Nearly Departed in Deadwood, Jackrabbit Junction Jitters

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn did her undergraduate work at South Dakota State College (now South Dakota State University), graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism in 1952. She studied at New Mexico State University in 1966 and at Black Hills State College in 1968. She 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. Cook-Lynn has taught high school in New Mexico and South Dakota. She spent most of her academic career at Eastern Washington University as professor of English and Native American Studies. (Sat. 10 a.m. Deadwood Mountain Grand Conference Room.)

Recent/notable work:

New Indians, Old Wars; The Notebooks of Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Then Badger Said This

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 short fiction has appeared in journals and magazines while his novels for young readers have received starred reviews and have also 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 with W.W. Norton 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 four-year-old son, Evan. Before that, he lived in New York City for 11 years, six of which were spent in Brooklyn, near where The Best of Youth is set. (Sat. 10 a.m. Deadwood Mountain Grand Prospector Room.)


Recent/notable work:

The Best of Youth, A Gentleman's Guide to Graceful Living

Pete Dexter

Pete Dexter began his working life with a U.S. Post office in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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 around”—that is, you quit the post office, pal, and the post office quits you. (Sat. 3 p.m., Masonic Temple Main Floor.)

Recent/notable work:

Paris Trout, Deadwood, Spooner

Michael Dirda

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. 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. A lifelong fan of the Sherlock Holmes adventures, Dirda belongs to the The Baker Street Irregulars. On Conan Doyle is a personal introduction to Holmes's creator, as well as an insider’s account of the activities and scholarship of The Baker Street Irregulars. 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. (Fri. 1 p.m., Deadwood Public Library Main Floor, Sat. 11 a.m., Masonic Temple Main Floor, Sun. 11 a.m., Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center.)

Recent/notable work:

On Conan Doyle, Classics for Pleasure, Book by Book, An Open Book, Readings

Susan Dworkin

Susan Dworkin’s newly published play The Farm Bill (described by one director as “comic and scathing”) chronicles the political rebellion of a low-level clerk at the mammoth 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 best seller; Making Tootsie, a classic film study with Dustin Hoffman; and the novelization of the Madonna movie Desperately Seeking Susan. Dworkin has written numerous plays, several of which have been produced in New York and regional theatres. Among these are The Baking Song, The Miami Dig, The Old Mezzo and All Day Suckers. For ten years, she was a contributing editor at Ms. Magazine, interviewing celebrities like Meryl Streep, Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, and Roseanne Barr Arnold. She lives in Massachusetts. (Fri. 10 a.m., Deadwood Public Library Downstairs, Sat. 2 p.m., Deadwood Public Library Downstairs.)


Recent/notable work:
The Farm Bill, Making Tootsie

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. A recipient of Minnesota State Arts Board fellowships, awards from The Loft Literary Center and elsewhere, 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, later this year. A long-time college professor, Erdrich is now an independent scholar and a frequent visiting writer at educational and cultural institutions across the country. (Fri. 10 a.m., Deadwood Public Library Main Floor, Sat. 10 a.m., Lead-Deadwood Elementary Library, Sat. 5:30-7p.m., Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center.)


Recent/notable work:

Cell Traffic, National Monuments, The Mother's Tongue, Fishing for Myth, Sister Nations

David Allan Evans

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. In 2009 he received the South Dakota Governor’s Award for Creative Distinction in the Arts. He is the author of eight collections of poems, the most recent being 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, Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, Prairie Schooner, Reader’s Digest, and many others. (Sat. 3 p.m., Deadwood Public Library Main Floor.)

Recent/notable work:

The Carnival, The Life

Brian Fagan

British-born Brian Fagan is an internationally-known archaeologist, historian, and author. Educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge, he spent his early career in tropical Africa, where he worked in what is now the National Museum of Zambia. He came to the U.S. in 1966 and to the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1967, where he taught anthropology until 2003. Fagan has communicated archaeology and history to the public through articles, books, and lectures. His publications include seven college texts, two books for the National Geographic Society, and four best-selling books on ancient climate. A former Guggenheim Scholar, he is an enthusiastic small boat sailor and bicyclist and has been interviewed for public and Discovery/TLC television programs. (Fri. 2 p.m., Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center, Fri. 6-7:45 p.m., Martin & Mason Hotel 1898 Grand Ballroom.)


Recent/notable work:The Attacking Ocean, Beyond the Blue Horizon, Elixir, Cro-Magnon, The Great Warming

Rob Fleder

Rob Fleder was executive editor of Sports Illustrated and the editor of Sports Illustrated Books during his twenty 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). Fleder was an editor at Esquire, Playboy and The National Sports Daily. 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 Trails: True Stories of Confusion, Mindless Violence and Forbidden Desires, A Surprising Number of Which Are Not About Marriage (by Pete Dexter). (Sat. 3 p.m., Masonic Temple Main Floor.)


Recent/notable work:

Damn Yankees: Twenty-four Major League Writers on the World's Most Loved (and Hated) Team, Sports Illustrated: The Baseball Book, Sports Illustrated: The Football Book, Paper Trails

Rhiannon Frater

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor), as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog) and other horror novels. Her next novel for Tor, Dead Spots, will be published in 2014. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets). She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes. (Sat. 12 p.m., Deadwood Mountain Grand Prospector Room, Sat. 7:30-9 p.m. Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center.)

Recent/notable work:

The First Days: As the World Dies Book 1, Fighting to Survive: As the World Dies Book 2, Siege: As the World Dies Book 3, The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel

Bob Garfield

Bob Garfield is a columnist, critic, essayist, pundit, international lecturer, and obscure broadcast personality who co-hosts NPR's weekly Peabody Award-winning program on the media, cleverly titled "On the Media." He also writes columns for both MediaPost and The Guardian. For a dozen years, Garfield was a commentator and correspondent for NPR's "All Things Considered." Dubbed by The New York Times "the Charles Kuralt of Bizarro World," he specialized in quirky Americana. He's been a regular on Financial News Network, CNBC's "Power Lunch" and PBS’s "Adam Smith's Money Game.” As a lecturer, panelist, and emcee, he has appeared in 36 countries on six continents, including, memorably, a Thai kickboxing ring in Cape Town, South Africa. (Sat. 10 a.m., Masonic Temple Main Floor, Sat. 3 p.m. Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center).


Recent/notable work:

Can't Buy Me Like, Bedfellows, The Chaos Scenario, And Now a Few Words From Me, Waking Up Screaming from the American Dream



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