South Dakota Festival of Books

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

Michael Hall writes picture books that delight and endure. He's the New York Times bestselling author of "My Heart is Like a Zoo," Red: A Crayon's Story," Little i," and more.

He's in South Dakota for the South Dakota Festival of Books and Young Readers Festival. See him Thursday, September 20 at the Washington Pavilion and Friday, September 21 at the Children's Museum of South Dakota. Find more at sdbookfestival.com.

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.

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.

In The Moment ... December 20, 2017 Show 244 Hour 1

Sherry DeBoer, executive director of the South Dakota Humanities Council joins us for a look at the SDHC activities from 2017. We also spend time looking ahead to the in-depth initiatives of 2018.

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Sep 22, 2017

In the Moment ... September 22, 2017 Show 183 Hour 2

SDPB's Kevin Woster has been chauffeuring authors, visiting classrooms with Tim O'Brien and updating his blog, "On the Other Hand."  He joins Lori Walsh at the Festival of Books in Deadwood to share thoughts on the things we carry throughout life.

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In the Moment ... September 22, 2017 Show 183 Hour 2

Robin Wall Kimmerer's books include Braiding Sweetgrass and Gathering Moss.  A mother, scientist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she visits about lessons of botany and the wisdom of plants during the South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood.

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Sep 22, 2017

In the Moment ... September 22, 2017 Show 183 Hour 2

Geneive Abdo is a specialist in political Islam.  She's at the South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood to discuss her latest book, The New Sectarianism.  Abdo is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East in Washington, D.C.  She's also a lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

In the Moment ... September 22, 2017 Show 183 Hour 1

Known as the Queen of Romantic Comedy, Susan Elizabeth Phillips is the only four time winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America's Favorite Book of the Year Award.  Her latest book is titled First Star I See Tonight.  Chicago is the setting - "a city populated by strong women and men who need strong women ... even if they don't know it yet."

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Sep 22, 2017
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In the Moment ... September 22, 2017 Show 183 Hour 1

Heid E. Erdrich is a poet, a writer, a teacher and filmmaker.  She's written five collections of poetry.  Her most recent title is Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic.  Erdrich has also authored the nonfiction book Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories and Recipes.  She grew up in North Dakota and is an Ojibwe member.

In The Moment ... Rob Fleder/Festival Of Books

Sep 22, 2017

In the Moment ... September 22, 2017 Show 183 Hour 1

Rob Fleder and Steve Hoffman wrote the book on the must-see sporting events on the planet.  It's called The Sports Bucket List: 101 Sights Every Fan Has to See Before the Clock Runs Out.  Fleder was executive editor of Sports Illustrated and editor of SI Books during his 20 years at Time, Inc.  He currently edits books and consults on publishing projects for his company Low Gear and Minus, Inc.

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In The Moment ... September 21, 2017 Show 182 Hour 2

Jean Patrick is one of South Dakota's most recognized children's authors. She's in Rapid City for the Young Reader's Festival of Books today. Lori Walsh talked with Jean Patrick on Monday about her new book "Long Armed Ludy and the First Women's Olympics.” Patrick is in Deadwood this weekend for the South Dakota Festival of Books.

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In The Moment ... September 21, 2017 Show 182 Hour 2

Artist Paul Goble passed away on January 5, 2017. Biographer Greg Bryan worked with Goble for more than four years on the book that would secure the children's book author's place in history, although the artist himself was hesitant and humble. In January, "In the Moment" host Lori Walsh talked with Greg Bryan about Paul Goble's humility, his art, and his devotion to the natural world and tribal traditions. Bryan visits South Dakota this weekend for the South Dakota Festival of Books.

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In The Moment ... August 15, 2017 Show 156 Hour 1

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced last week that his office is joining several other attorneys general in asking the U-S Supreme Court to hear a case on the Establishment Clause. The Establishment Clause prohibits the government from establishing an official religion. The case, which has made it all the way to the country's highest court, originated in Bloomfield, New Mexico, where a monument of the Ten Commandments is placed on city property. SDPB's Lee Strubinger talked with Attorney General Jackley.

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In The Moment ... August 14, 2017 Show 155 Hour 2

Get ready to head for the Hills. In the Moment is in Deadwood for the South Dakota Festival of Books in September. We hope to see you there. Today we get a preview of the state's premier literary event. Jennifer Widman is the director of the Center for the Book with the South Dakota Humanities Council.

Pulitzer Prize-winning book reviewer Michael Dirda takes a look back at a career as a professional reader. From reading beyond the obvious to why hoarding has gotten a bad name, Dirda talks about the Golden Age of children’s literature, the value of books you never open, and his role in creating the success of mainstream science fiction and fantasy.

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.

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

Ron Capps served in the Army and Army Reserve for 25 years and is also a retired Foreign Service officer for the Department of State. He served both branches in some of the world’s deadliest places: wartime Kosovo, Darfur, Chad, Afghanistan and Iraq. The horrors of what he witnessed and his inability to stop the death and bloodshed inflicted him with shakes, panic attacks and severe depression.

In 2007, Brittany Gibbons began writing about her experiences as a curvy woman in her blog, Brittany Herself. She wore a swimming suit to denounce body shaming in a TED talk a few years ago. Her mission is to destroy the myth that every plus-size woman hates her body and herself. Her book, Fat Girl Walking: Sex, Food, Love and Being Comfortable in Your Skin… Every Inch of It, is a memoir of her life from her teens in rural Ohio to the early years of her marriage and as mother of three kids.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Best-selling young adult author and literacy ambassador Walter Dean Myers died last Tuesday at the age of 76. His books often told the stories of young African-Americans who dealt with troubles in the streets, in school and at home.