South Dakota Festival of Books

So the big literary event in my state is less than two weeks away, and it looks to be a good one this year. The South Dakota Festival of Books will be Friday through Sunday, Oct. 2-4, in the historic gambling-mining-HBO town of Deadwood.

I’m planning to be up on Saturday, when the bulk of the public (no ticket needed) sessions are scheduled. I’ll definitely be at the Dakota Poetry session featuring S.D. poet laureate David Allan Evans, Elizabeth-Cook Lynn and Linda Hasselstrom (an early inspiration). You’ll also see me listening to Montana poet Melissa Kwasny at her session. I’ve been reading her latest, “Reading Novalis in Montana,” but it hasn’t caught me for the most part. I’m hoping that hearing her read aloud does the trick.

Mount Marty College’s Jim Reese will be reading with Evans at 4 p.m. That’s a late change to the schedule that was necessary because Reese will be discussing his work teaching writing in the prison system at 3 p.m. He had been also scheduled in a concurrent session. And last of all, I’ll be taking in what Quincy Troupe has to offer in slelected readings.

And that’s just the Poetry track. The festival has sessions all day for Fiction, Nonfiction, Writer’s Support, Children’s/Youth, History/Tribal Writers and other Special Events. Writer’s Suppport has some promise, as do some of the nonfiction presentations.

My one other recommendation would be to catch Spearfish author Kent Meyers at one of the three sessions he’ll be in. He has a new novel, “Twisted Tree,” out and seems to be poised for bigger things.

The first South Dakota book festival was in Deadwood (2002? 2003? Anyone?) and is where I first encountered the poet Craig Arnold, who died last spring in a fall from a volcano in Japan. He was quite inspirational that day.

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~ by ericedits on September 22, 2009.

One Response to “South Dakota Festival of Books”

  1. The First Festival was in Deadwood, October 3-5, 2003. The South Dakota Humanities Council and the Adams Museum were the co-sponsors. It was a bluebird sky and golden aspen setting 7 years ago–let’s hope for the same this year!

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