Former Rapid City Mayor Pens Short Story

Apr 23, 2014

"I Fled," a short story about a young man with a severe stuttering problem, is an example of the stress, discomfort, and frustration such circumstances present to a young person. In this case, the 8th grader, under severe strain within his English class, flees from his hometown school to find help, counseling, and therapy in a distant city. The educational theme of this story is a fictionalized story about one methodology of therapy that proved to be enormously helpful to Don Barnett in the 1950s. Barnett was a successful public servant as Mayor of Rapid City, South Dakota in the 1970s.

"An Anxious Age"

Apr 14, 2014

According to Joseph Bottum, public life is now a supernatural game and as such, for many Americans, how we vote has become how we are saved. In his new book, "An Anxious Age," Bottum argues that the notion of politics as a mode of spiritual redemption stems from the collapse of the Mainline Protestant churches over the last fifty years. Where those churches once defined the liberal consensus of the nation, they have nearly disappeared from public life, and in their place have risen strange new beings.

Charles Bowden, investigative journalist and author, and Molly Molloy, research librarian and Latin American border specialist, are speaking this evening during the Great Plains Writers' Tour at Mount Marty College in Marian Auditorium, beginning at 7:00. Bowden has been writing about the Mexican border city of Juarez, notorious for its violence, for over 15 years. "El Sicario: The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin," which Bowden co-edited with Molloy, was published in 2011 from Nation Books.

"Deadwood Dead Men"

Jan 31, 2014

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.

The Most Heard Voice On Public Radio

Sep 26, 2013

For many years, listeners across the country have heard Frank Tavares dozens of times a day as the man who says "Support for NPR comes from NPR member stations...", announcing the funding credits after every national news and information program. His new book, "The Man Who Built Boxes," showcases his unique and masterful story-telling abilities with twelve stories, and a remarkable cast of complex, quirky characters tangled up in the limits they've put on their lives.

"Flying Kites Through Keyholes"

Sep 4, 2013

The criminal justice system in South Dakota is taking on major reforms. We hear from a young South Dakota author who just completed a book on her time spent working in San Quentin prison and other facilities in the California justice system. The book also includes personal stories of her younger brother's dealings with the South Dakota justice system. SDPB's Charles Michael Ray speaks with Danica Von Hartwig about her new book "Flying Kites Through Keyholes."

Brian Bieber has just released his first book of short stories, "Nickel Plated Gold." The nineteen pieces collected in "Nickel Plated Gold" cover a wide tonal spectrum, from absurd ("How I Would Fight Certain Animals") to contemplative ("Love Life"). Bieber's writing has been featured multiple times on McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and he's the recipient of SASE/Jerome Foundation and South Dakota Arts Council grants.