Dakota Midday Book Club

Airs the 5th Friday of the month

Throughout the year, SDPB will send you four books selected by Dakota Midday host Karl Gehrke. About six weeks after the book is delivered to your home, Karl will have the author on Dakota Midday as a guest for a discussion  of the book – join us by calling in or participating on Twitter! In addition members will also receive invites to book signings and readings by the author that are exclusive for Dakota Midday Book Club Members. It's your chance to be a part of the club!!

The books being featured in the Dakota Midday Book Club in 2015 include:

“Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” by Laura Ingalls Wilder, edited by Pamela Smith Hill (South Dakota State Historical Society Press)

“Wild Idea: Buffalo and Family in a Difficult Land” by Dan O’Brien (University of Nebraska Press)

“The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band” by Frances Washburn (University of Arizona Press)

“The High Divide: A Novel” by Lin Enger (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)

Click here to join and select the Dakota Midday Book Club as your Thank You Gift!

Fair market value of the Dakota Midday Book Club is $96 annually.

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Arts
5:06 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Great-Grandmother Inspires South Dakota Homestead Novel

In the opening of Dawn Wink’s novel, Meadowlark, 16-year-old Grace is an excited young bride looking forward to a life with her new husband, Tom. But any ideas of she has of an idyllic life together are shattered during their trip from the wedding to western South Dakota. Without warning, Tom pulls her off the wagon, punches and kicks her, and leaves her to walk the rest of the way to their sod hot.

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Arts
5:10 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Festival of Books: Joseph Bruchac

Joseph Bruchac

The hero of Joseph Bruchac’s new young adult book, Killer of Enemies, is a 17-year-old Apache girl named Lozen. She's living in a in a post-apocalyptic world running wild with genetically-modified monsters, or gemods. Her mother and brother are being held hostage by the Ones in a former penitentiary that serves as a sanctuary for survivors. Because of her unique survival skills and magical abilities, Lozen is conscripted by the Ones and sent on repeated quests to slay the gemods.

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Arts
4:50 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Festival of Books: Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

Along with being an author, Dan O’Brien is also a wildlife biologist, falconer and buffalo rancher. He’s written six novels and four books of non-fiction. His latest book is Wild Idea: Buffalo and Family in a Difficult Land. It’s an account of efforts to raise buffalo with dignity and respect as a sustainable enterprise in the Cheyenne River Valley. It’s also a love story – of family, friends, the often harsh-landscape of western South Dakota and the American bison.

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Arts
4:46 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Festival of Books: Karin Slaughter

Karen Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is a best-selling crime writer whose latest book, Cop Town, is set in 1974 Atlanta. It’s the story of a couple of young female officers who are trying to prove their worth in the macho Atlanta PD and also tracking down a serial killer who is targeting cops. Kate Murphy is a young widow from a privileged background and new on the job. She’s partnered with Maggie Lawson, whose brother and uncle are also police officers.

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Arts
4:25 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Festival of Books: Sonia Manzano

Sonia Manzano

Sonia Manzano is best-known for her role as Maria on Sesame Street, but lately she’s turned to books and writing. Two years ago she published her first young adult novel, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano. It’s set in Spanish Harlem in 1969 and tells the story of 14-year-old Rosa Maria Evelyn del Carmen Serrano and her adolescent struggles with her Puerto Rican heritage. She’s just started a summer job at a five-and-dime store when her grandmother shows up with secrets from her family’s involvement in Puerto Rico’s tumultuous history.

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Arts
3:33 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Book Festival Returns for 12th Year

Children's author Kate DiCamillo is appearing at the South Dakota Festival of Books Friday, September 26 at 7 pm at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls
Credit Kate DiCamillo

Authors ranging from Atlanta crime writer Karin Slaughter to  children’s author Kate DiCamillo are featured  at the 12th annual South Dakota Festival of Books Thursday through Saturday in Sioux Falls and Brookings. This year’s event also features a Young Readers Festival which takes place at the Children’s Museum in Brookings on Thursday and the Washington Pavilion and Siouxland Public Libraries in Sioux Falls on Friday and Saturday.

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Arts
8:19 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Author Kathleen Norris Revisits "Dakota"

The cover of "Dakota: A Spiritual Geography"

In the 1970s, after living as a poet in New York City, Kathleen Norris and her husband moved to the house built by her grandparents in Lemmon, South Dakota, an isolated town on the border with North Dakota. That move provided the inspiration for the first of her non-fiction books, “Dakota: A Spiritual Geography.”  It’s a collection of essays reflecting on what it means to live in the Dakotas and how the landscape shapes the character of the people who love here.

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Arts
3:10 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Joseph Amato and the Power of Poetic Metaphor

The cover of Joseph Amato's "Buoyancies"
Credit Abigail Rorer, The Lone Oak Press

Joseph Amato is the author of some twenty books and countless articles. He’s written about faith, family and life in the Midwest and investigated the meaning of place and home. He’s also taken intellectual and cultural journeys into the human relationship with dust and surfaces. He’s written memoirs about golfing and bypass surgery. Amato taught for more than thirty-five years at Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota and helped create the university’s Center for Rural and Regional Studies.

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Arts
2:11 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

SDSU Professor and Poet Remembers Maya Angelou

Poet and SDSU Assistant Professor Christine Stewart
Credit South Dakota State University

Earlier this week, Maya Angelou died after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at the age of 86. Angelou was a poet, performer and political activist. She grew up in a  segregated society that she worked to change during the civil rights era. Angelou, who refused to speak for much of her childhood, revealed the scars of her past in "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," the first in a series of memoirs. The list of her published verse, non-fiction and fiction included more than 30 best-selling titles.

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Arts
2:02 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Interview with Author of "Small-Town Dreams"

Credit Kansas Press

South Dakota State University professor emeritus of History John Miller profiled 22 men who left their small-town upbringings and went on to do great things in his new book "Small Town Dreams: Stories of Midwestern Boys Who Shaped America." Through these life-stories, a history of American unfolds as Miller covers entrepreneurs, teachers, artists, entertainers, political figures and athletes. Some of his subjects include Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Johnny Carson, Ronald Reagan and Bob Feller. John Miller joined the program to discuss the process of compiling these stories.

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Arts
1:25 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

"The Commandant Of Lubizec"

After the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, they quickly began persecuting anyone who was Jewish. Millions were shoved into ghettos and forced to live under the swastika. Death camps were built and something called "Operation Reinhard" was set into motion. Its goal? To murder all the Jews of Poland. "The Commandant of Lubizec" is a harrowing account of a death camp that never actually existed but easily could have in the Nazi state. It is a sensitive, accurate retelling of a place that went about the business of genocide.

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Arts
1:37 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

"Circling Back Home: A Plainswoman's Journey"

"Circling Back Home" is the story of one woman, at a time when values of home, family, and care of the land seem increasingly absent, looking to her past to create a life of significance for her family. Her search takes her back to the prairie of her grandmothers, who survived personal hardships and lived off what the land provided. Darcy Lipp-Acord mourns the loss of one child and celebrates the birth of others, all while balancing her own desire to put down roots with her husband's life as an inherent ranch hand.

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Arts
1:54 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

"Roots Grow Deep And Strong"

The Belle Fourche Writers' Group has published its first anthology, "Roots Grow Deep and Strong." Conceived as a community education writing class, the Belle Fourche Writers' Group has grown into a community treasure. They host events such as public readings, writers' retreats and "Meet the Author Nights." Meg English helped found the Belle Fourche Writers' Group after retiring from teaching. She was born and raised in South Dakota and has taught language arts and writing in middle school, high school and college.

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Arts
1:48 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

New Book Of Poetry By Eric Lochridge

Black Hills native Eric Lochridge

A new book of poetry by Black Hills native Eric Lochridge is now on the shelves. Lochridge covered arts and music at the Rapid City Journal for 17 years before his recent move to Bellingham, Washington. "Real Boy Blues" is the second book of poems to be published. His work has also appeared in several journals. Lochridge describes his poems as a pursuit of the universal connections, including those between fathers and children, husbands and wives, and God and humanity.

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1:42 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

"Deadwood Dead Men"

Bill Markley's novel "Deadwood Dead Men" is set in 1876 Deadwood. Legends like Calamity Jane, Seth Bullock, Charlie Utter, Sol Star and others come to life in the book, along with fictional characters, to recreate the mining camp's wild days. Jack Jones, a reporter for a Chicago newspaper, is assigned to write about the doings of Deadwood, an illegal gold camp that knows no law.

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