2012 South Dakota Festival of Books Celebrates 10 Years, Now thru 9/30

The 10th Anniversary of the South Dakota Festival of Books will be held today, September 28-30, 2012.  To register, click here.

This year, for the first time, we welcome Roy Blount Jr., Heid Erdrich, Karl Marlantes and Will Hermes! We’ll also reconnect with old festival favorites like past One Book South Dakota authors Elizabeth Berg, Leif Enger, and Kent Meyers. And for the first time ever, we will host a special off-site festival kickoff. Award-winning tribal author Sherman Alexie will deliver the 2012 Griffith Honors Forum Lecture at South Dakota State University the evening of Sept. 26, in Frost Arena on campus.

Alexie’s 2007 book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, was named the South Dakota State University fall 2012 common read earlier this spring. The South Dakota Humanities Council and SDSU’s Honors College are partnering to sponsor Alexie’s visit.

You’ll want to scan through the complete list of authors to get the full effect of the talent that will be showcased in downtown Sioux Falls from September 28-30. As you’ll see, the list stretches from award-winning historians and genre writers to top names in children/young adult literature.

Special events include workshops, film screenings, luncheons, tea parties, and even a symphonic performance!

Author Sherman Alexie will make a special appearance at an off-site kickoff event for the 2012 Festival of Books.

Over the past 10 years, the SD Festival of Books has become the premier literary event in our Midwest region, and because of the support of individuals like you, we’ve been able to continue to host dynamic new and emerging authors at free events in downtown Sioux Falls.

For a FREE Full Weekend Pass you can register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/870901891

This will ensure you have access to the vast majority of festival sessions taking place at the Siouxland Library Main Branch, the Orpheum Theatre, Zandbroz Variety, and the Holiday Inn City Centre. Scroll through the list of ticketed events as well for a host of other exciting opportunities that await at the 2012 SD Festival of Books, “Where readers and writers rendezvous.”

A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE DONORS AND VOLUNTEERS WHO SUPPORT SOUTH DAKOTA HUMANITIES COUNCIL PROGRAMS:  South Dakota Magazine, Holiday Inn City Centre Sioux Falls, Siouxland Libraries, Results Radio, Nicholson & Nicholson, Plastic Surgery Associates of South Dakota, Barnes and Noble, Zandbroz Variety, SD Festival of Books Planning Committee, Orpheum Theater, The Ament Group of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau, Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, Augustana College, Sioux Falls V.A. Hospital, T.F. Riggs High School, Honors College and Office of Diversity, South Dakota State University, Brass Family Foundation, South Dakota Heritage Fund, Dakota West Books, Jerry & Gail Simmons, Jack & Linda Stengel, Tom & Sherry DeBoer, Dan & Arlene Kirby, Mark & Judith Meierhenry, South Dakota World Affairs Council, Becky Schenk, Jean Nicholson, Sheryl Baloun, Icon Lounge & Events, Friends of the 10th Anniversary Festival of Books and 40th Anniversary Legacy Endowment Fund, Tom Dempster, Bill Walsh, Ann McKay Thompson, Gerry Berger Law, Matt Moen, Anne Gormley, Scott Rausch

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