SD Festival of Books

Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh visited with two-time Pulitzer Prize winner T.J. Stiles at the SD Festival of Books. Stiles discusses his latest book, Custer's Trials. General George Armstrong Custer may be a popular figure, but he's not necessarily well understood. Stiles talks about Custer's explosive and often self-destructive behavior, his bigotry, and how he existed within a "frontier of time."

J. Ryan Stradal is the author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest. A Minnesota native, Stradal lives in Los Angeles, where he is an editor at Unnamed Press and the Nervous Breakdown and co-producer and host of the literary/culinary series Hot Dish. Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh spoke with Stradal at the SD Festival of Books.

Janice Law founded the American Women Writers National Museum to showcase America's top-tier women writers. Law is a retired Texas criminal court judge, a 14-year print journalist, a travel columnist and the author of six books. Her most recent book, American Evita: Lurleen Wallace, was released last year. Law appeared at this year's SD Festival of Books in Brookings.

Dakota Midday: Paul Andrew Hutton

Sep 27, 2016

Paul Andrew Hutton joined Dakota Midday from the SD Festival of Books in Brookings. Hutton is a distinguished professor at the University of New Mexico. He's also a cultural historian, author, documentary film writer and television personality. His most recent book is The Apache Wars.

Dakota Midday: Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Sep 27, 2016
Jennifer Jacobson

Jennifer Richard Jacobson is the author of the 2016 Young Readers One Book South Dakota, Andy Shane and Delores Starbuckle: 4 Books in 1. The works are illustrated by Abby Carter. Jacobson, who resides in Maine, has written several books for children and young adults. She visited with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh during the SD Festival of Books.

Two-time U.S. Poet Laureate and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, Ted Kooser attended the SD Festival of Books. He took time to visit with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about his notebooks, the trance of poetry and the moment he learned he had been awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

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Marc Lynch, author of The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East, presented "Making Sense of the New Arab Wars" during the SD Festival of Books. Lynch's narrative of a vital region's collapse is both wildly dramatic, and shows that the regions upheavals have only just begun. Lynch visited with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh before his Festival of Books appearance in Brookings.

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.

Karen Hall

Sep 20, 2013

Karen Hall, environmental engineer and writer, grew up in Fargo and later attended the University of Washington in Seattle before finishing her education at the University of Minnesota. She lives with her husband Jeff Nelsen near Rapid City. Her first Hannah Morrison mystery, Unreasonable Risk, a thriller about sabotage in an oil refinery, was published in 2006 and the second in the series, Through Dark Spaces, set in South Dakota's gold mining industry, followed in 2012.

Michael Dirda

Sep 20, 2013

Michael Dirda, a weekly book columnist for The Washington Post, is the author of the memoir An Open Book and of four collections of essays. His latest book, On Conan Doyle, won the 2012 Edgar Award for the best biographical/critical work of the year from the Mystery Writers of America. A lifelong fan of the Sherlock Holmes adventures, Dirda belongs to The Baker Street Irregulars. On Conan Doyle is a personal introduction to Holmes's creator, as well as an insider's account of the activities and scholarship of The Baker Street Irregulars.