Books

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... September 20. 2018 Show 426 Hour 2

When 13 year-old Briana's dad dies suddenly, she is faced with another unexpected turn of events: She now has not one heart but two. The second heart nestles inside her and speaks to her in her father's voice.

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In The Moment ... May 22, 2018 Show 342 Hour 1

What's America's best-loved novel? You get to decide. PBS launches The Great American Read tonight with a special two-hour kickoff special on SDPB-TV.

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America's 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). 

Joining us in the SDPB studios at the University of Sioux Falls is Jacqueline Palfy. She leads the Zandbroz Book Club.

Lori Walsh

In the Moment ... May 1, 2018 Show 327 Hour 1

The centuries-old art of salmon fishing fly-tying has a dark side. It hearkens back to a time when Europeans were first setting eyes on the the exotic birds of the world They quickly became obsessed with possessing them, with using their feathers and skins for fashion and for art, and with making as much money off of the creatures as possible.

In The Moment ... April 26, 2018 Show 324 Hour 1

In March, author Jane Yolen released her 365th book. That means you can now read one Jane Yolen book for every day of the year. What about Leap Year, you ask? Well, on the same day that her 365th book was released ... she also launched the 366th, and she's well on her way to 400.

Jane Yolen joins In the Moment to discuss  #Yolen365.

In The Moment ... March 21, 2018 Show 301 Hour 2 

The 41st Great Plains Writers Conference kicks off on March 23 at the University Student Union at South Dakota State University.

This literary event features readings, workshops, roundtables and manuscript consultations by award-winning novelists, poets and memoirists.

We're joined by Christine Stewart for more.

In The Moment ... March 21, 2018 Show 301 Hour 1 

If you're weary of bad news and political dramas, you might want to consider just how good we have it in the 21st Century. Steven Pinker's new book is called "Enlightenment Now," and it paints a slightly rosier picture of life as we know it than you might see, for example, on the evening news.

But this isn't a Pollyana utopian fantasy. It's a data-driven look at how humans and human-led institutions are making progress on the most complex problems facing humanity . . . and the areas where we are falling short.

Jackie Hendry

 A few years ago,  Coleen Liebsch had to make a choice: would she finish the horror novel she was writing, or would she jump on an unexpected opportunity?

Today, her creation--the Books 4 Kids program--donates books to  children in  South Dakota and around the world.

Coleen Liebsch is an author...publisher...and CEO of Books 4 Kids. She loves books.

She also knows that a school book fair   can make a student feel like an outsider . Liebsch says when she was growing up, her family couldn’t afford to send her with much money to buy books.

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The Alzheimer's Association reports 5.3 million Americans living with Alzheimer's, one of our most feared disease.

Lisa Mosconi, Ph.D. takes on the Standard American Diet in her new book "Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power."  

In The Moment ... March 6, 2018 Show 290 Hour 1

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In The Moment ... February 27, 2018 Show 285 Hour 2

Linsey Davis is an award-winning journalist and correspondent for ABC. Joseph Bottum leads the cyber-ethics think tank at Dakota State University in Madison. His books include "The Christmas Plains" and "An Anxious Age." He's also written number one best-selling Kindle Singles for Amazon.

Together, they've ventured into the world of children's literature. Their new book is called "The World is Awake." It's illustrated by Lucy Flemming and published by ZonderKids.

Chris Laughery

In the Moment ... February 26, 2018 Show 284 Hour 1

The University of South Dakota honors 200 years of Mary Shelly's novel Frankenstein with the Frankensten 200! Symposium today and tomorrow at USD.

Featured guest is Joel Pace, professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. He is an expert on British and transatlantic romanticism. He also serves as associate editor of the journal Symbiosis and has authored books, articles and chapters on romanticism in the Americas and on black romanticism.

Not incidentally, he's also a reggae musician.

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In The Moment ... February 21, 2018 Show 281 Hour 1

Nancy Dahl joins In the Moment host Lori Walsh for a conversation about her book "Grounded: Leading Your Life with Intention."

We talk about the discipline of debriefing, how to seek effective feedback, and other highlights for executives and leaders from the book.

Nancy Dahl is in South Dakota this week for LAUNCH: South Dakota Entrepreneurship Conference.

In The Moment ... February 13, 2018 Show 276 Hour 1

If you're looking for an adventure, you can live vicariously through Bruce Wylie's book "Adventures in the Bush: Africa to Alaska."  

From the Peace Corps to research fieldwork to the day he missed his own wedding, Wylie has a thirst for adventure and the good fortune to survive it.

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In The Moment ... February 7, 2018 Show 272 Hour 1

Mary Gibson Sprague has a new book featuring the artwork and stories of her mother Catherine Rademacher Gibson. "Glorious Fourth of July" is published by South Dakota Historical Society Press. It looks at a childhood on the prairie.

Lori Walsh

Scott Freeman is a biology professor at the University of Washington, where he received a Distinguished Teaching Award. He's recognized as a world authority on undergraduate biology education.

His new book is not a textbook, however. It's a look at the realities of rehabilitating a degraded fish run in what was once and old-growth watershed. It's also a look at how humans use resources over time . . . and what our history means for our future.

The book is called "Saving Tarboo Creek."

Lori Walsh

Harry Bliss is an award-winning children's author and illustrator and a cover artist and cartoonist for "New Yorker" magazine. His book "Grace for Gus" is released this week. It's a graphic picture book, where the story of a young girl in New York is told almost exclusively via comic panels.

It features a guinea pig, an economic challenge, visual humor that pays loving tribute to New York, cartooning, children's literature, and the arts.

Harry Bliss is a frequent visitor to the South Dakota Festival of Books. He joined us from his home studio in Vermont.

Author John Green's tour bus rolled through South Dakota this fall. He spent time with librarians, readers, and independent booksellers.

SDPB's Jackie Hendry was captivated by his latest book. Here, she reviews "Turtles All the Way Down."

In The Moment ... December 21, 2017 Show 245 Hour 2

Jason Freeman is the author of "Awkwardly Awesome: Embracing My Imperfect Best." He joins us to talk about how we battle ourselves and how releasing the need for perfection liberates us all.

Caroline Fraser

Dec 18, 2017

In The Moment ... December 18, 2017 Show 242 Hour 1

The "New York Times" recently named "Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder" as one of the best books of the year. Author Caroline Frazer fills gaps in Wilder's autobiographical writings, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records.

Fraser spoke with Prairie Public's Doug Hamilton from Iowa City, one of the stops on her book tour.
 

Marta McDowell

Dec 18, 2017

In The Moment ... December 18, 2017 Show 242 Hour 1

Marta McDowell looks takes a fresh look at Laura Ingalls Wilder by turning her gaze toward the author's relationship with the land. Her book is called "The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books."

In The Moment ... December 13, 2017 Show 239 Hour 1 

Author and Vietnam veteran Craig Tschetter joins In the Moment host Lori Walsh for a conversation about his book, "15 Minutes Ago: A Vietnam War Memoir." We discuss his return visit to Vietnam and how he addressed complex issues in his powerful memoir.

In The Moment ... December 8, 2017 Show 236 Hour 1 

What does another year of reading tell you about the world and about yourself? Jacqueline Palfy leads the Zandborz book club. She joins us for a look back at the books that occupied our minds in 2017.

In The Moment ... November 29, 2017 Show 229 Hour 2 

Inspired by the Butterball Turkey Hotline, the fine penguins (booksellers) at Penguin Publishing once again stand by to provide algorithm-free, personalized book recommendations for the most discriminating reader (and non-reader) on your list. We welcome Madeline McIntosh, President, Penguin Publishing Group. Find the online hotline here: Penguin Hotline.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... November 22, 2017 Show 226 Hour 1

Paul Horsted has been making photographs for more than 35 years. He's hiked and climbed and crawled his way to capture images for 5 coffee table books that explore the "Beauty of Today, the History of Yesterday." His latest book is called "Treasures of the National Parks: Yesterday and Today." You can see his presentation at the Journey Museum in Rapid City on December 17 at 2 p.m.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... November 16, 2017 Show 222 Hour 1

What does it mean to love someone in a language that’s not your own? Lauren Collins is a staff writer at "The New Yorker.” Her best-selling book is called "When in French: Love in a Second Language." It's now available in paperback. She joins us to talk about cultural identity, belonging, and life in translation.

신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin is the editor of the best-selling anthology "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota" and author of the poetry collection "Unbearable Splendor." The book was a finalist for the 2017 PEN USA Literary Award for Poetry and winner of the 2016 Minnesota Book Award for poetry.

She visits Augustana University tonight. But first she talks with In the Moment host Lori Walsh about poetry, identity, and helping emerging authors find their voices.

Link and author visit details:

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... October 17, 2017 Show 200 Hour 1

He followed the Missouri River for more than 2,000 miles. He wrote about his journey. He found himself a new "River Family." And he wrote a book about his journey. Larry Campbell is the author of "Rolling Down the River." He's speaking at the Vermillion Rotary Club today. But first he stops by In the Moment.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... October 17, 2017 Show 200 Hour 2

 Protocols ignore patients, doctors provide healthcare rather than practice medicine, and humanity slips away in favor of the commodity that healthcare has become. Dr. Victoria Sweet is the award-winning author of “God’s Hotel.” Her new book is called “Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing.”

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... October 13, 2017 Show 198 Hour 1

You can now rediscover a classic Midwestern novel about the relationship between land and the people who farm it. The Center for Western Studies releases a new edition of Herbert Krause's "The Thresher." Patrick Hicks crafted an introduction to this new edition. You can join him this afternoon at 4 p.m. to celebrate the book's release in Sioux Falls.

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In the Moment ... October 12, 2017 Show 197 Hour 2

In a world thrumming with joy and agony, sometimes the only thing you can do is pick up a pen. Fortunately, sometimes that's also the best thing you can do. Denice Turner offers a Geek Speak Lecture at Black Hills State University this afternoon. She's the author of the memoir "Worthy." She joins us now for a preview of "Tasting Life Twice: On Life-Writing and Wellbeing"

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In The Moment ... October 5, 2017 Show 192 Hour 2

This year marks the 160th anniversary of The Oxford English Dictionary. Andrey Reznikov is Professor of English at Black Hills State University. He's lecturing on the surprising history of gathering meaning as part of Black Hills State University's Geek Speak Lecture Series. He joins us for a look at the surprising history of a very famous book.

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