dakota midday book club

Jerry Nelson embraced the American farming dream and lived to tell about it. His book, "Dear County Agent Guy" is a compilation of his newspaper columns. As we continue the Dakota Midday Book Club, Nelson visited the SDPB studios for a conversation about life, death, and laughter and why you should never sleep with a baby chick.

Denice Turner teaches at Black Hills State University. Her book "Worthy" was chosen as a Dakota Midday Book Club selection.

"Worthy" is a memoir. In it the author searches for truth after her mother's mysterious death in a fire. Denice Turner joins Dakota Midday to talk about a writer's challenge to craft herself into a character, the struggle to find an authentic sense of self worth, and the joys (and occasional despair) of parenting.

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Author Jim Reese’s poetry collection “Really Happy” is the second feature of the 2016 Dakota Midday Book Club.

Reese joins Midday to discuss how poetry has informed his role as father, the use of poetry in federal prison, and the importance of truth and second chances.

If you are a member of the Dakota Midday Book Club, our next  book will arrive in your mailbox before long. It's called "Worthy" by Denice Turner.

The 2016 Dakota Midday Book Club kicks off with "Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia."

Author David O'Hara joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss an ethic and philosophy of living in the natural world.

If you are a member of the Dakota Midday Book Club, our next  book will arrive in your mailbox before long. It's called "Really Happy" by Jim Reese.

March is National Reading Awareness Month. Teresa Berndt and Jasmine Rockwell discuss reading initiatives across the state and how to help kids overcome not only the "summer slide" but the "winter slump" in order to become happier and more successful readers.

Dakota Midday: 'Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse'

Dec 14, 2015

Beginning with her 1988 novel, The Cape Ann, Faith Sullivan has told stories of the people living in the fictional small town of Harvester, Minnesota. In her latest novel, Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse, Sullivan tells the life story of school teacher Nell Stillman, a minor character in The Cape Ann.

Dakota Midday: 'The High Divide'

Oct 19, 2015

As Lin Enger’s The High Divide opens, it’s 1886 and Ulysses Pope has been missing for six weeks. A civil war veteran who also fought in the Indian wars, Ulysses left his wife and two sons behind on the far edge of Minnesota’s western prairie with only a brief note and no explanation of why he left and where he’s heading.

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.

Interview with Author of "Small-Town Dreams"

May 30, 2014
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.

"The Commandant Of Lubizec"

Apr 21, 2014

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.