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Special Events

THURSDAY, Sept. 25

  • 4:00-5:30 p.m.
    Children’s Museum of South Dakota in Brookings
    Young Readers Keynote Celebration – Stories Connect Us – Kate DiCamillo and Kevin Locke demonstrate the power of stories through words, music and dance. A book signing with all Young Readers authors follows.
  • 7:30-9:30 p.m.
    Center for Western Studies Fantle Building, Augustana College
    Author Reception – Meet and mingle with your favorite authors while enjoying the exhibit “South Dakota 2014: Artists Respond to the State’s 125th Anniversary” during our Festival fundraiser, hosted by South Dakota Humanities Council current and past board members.
    TICKET REQUIRED ($50)
 

FRIDAY, Sept. 26

  • 10:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.
    Holiday Inn, Palisades I
    Workshop – Writing for the Screen – Matthew Specktor and Diane Johnson discuss methods for screenwriting and share their experiences working on both movies and television series.
    TICKET REQUIRED ($20)
  • 10:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.
    Holiday Inn, Palisades II
    Workshop – Building a Writing Group – Mary Woster Haug, Christine Stewart and Amber Jensen describe how their writing group functions, offer tips for forming an effective group and model responses to a writing sample.
    TICKET REQUIRED ($20)
  • 10:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.
    Holiday Inn, Palisades III
    Workshop – The Craft of Writing for Children – Jean Patrick presents the fundamentals of writing for children, including craft, work habits and resources.
    TICKET REQUIRED ($20)
  • 10:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.
    Holiday Inn, Cascade
    Workshop – A Memory that Sticks: A Recipe for Memoir – Rachael Hanel walks participants through the stages of writing an essay or collection of essays, starting with a strong visual memory or a favorite object.
    TICKET REQUIRED ($20)
  • 10:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.
    Siouxland Public Library, Meeting Room A
    Workshop – Ten Days to Organized Writing - Judy Cook, director of the South Dakota Authors Association, and other SDAA members outline a process for keeping your writing on track.
    TICKET REQUIRED ($15)
  • 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Holiday Inn, Skyline
    The State of the Humanities in Higher Education – Members of the Humanities Discipline Council lead a discussion of the role and health of the humanities in South Dakota’s post-secondary institutions.
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.
    Holiday Inn, Lobby Area
    SDPB Live Broadcast – Dakota Midday Book Club – Host Karl Gehrke interviews Festival authors on the air.
  • 12:30-2:00 p.m.
    Holiday Inn, Starlite
    Literary Lunch – Hollywood and the Novel – Diane Johnson and Matthew Specktor discuss the unique process of adapting novels for the screen and the widely varied results.
    TICKET REQUIRED ($20)
  • 1:00-3:00 p.m.
    Siouxland Public Library, Meeting Room A
    Veterans’ Writing Group/Book Discussion – U.S. Marine Corps veteran Phil Klay, discusses his war experiences, his writing process and his book, Redeployment, with veterans as part of the “Standing Together” program offered through the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • 2:00-5:00 p.m.
    Holiday Inn, Falls Room
    Exhibitors’ Hall Open
  • 2:00-3:30 p.m.
    Holiday Inn, Starlite
    Pitchapalooza – The Book Doctors, Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, select up to 20 writers from the audience to present a one-minute pitch for their books. They critique each pitch and select a winner, who receives an introduction to an appropriate agent or publisher.
    ADMISSION REQUIRED TO PITCH – Purchase The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published ($16.99) and receive a 20-minute personal consultation with The Book Doctors. Observers attend free!
  • 4:00-5:00 p.m.
    Holiday Inn, Atrium
    Early Bird Mass Book Signings
  • 7:00-8:30 p.m.
    Washington Pavilion, Mary W. Sommervold Hall
    Young Readers Keynote Celebration – Stories Connect Us – Kate DiCamillo and Kevin Locke demonstrate the power of stories through words, music and dance. A book signing with all Young Readers authors follows.
 

SATURDAY, Sept. 27

  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Holiday Inn, Falls Room
    Exhibitors’ Hall Open
  • 10:00 a.m-2:00 p.m.
    Siouxland Public Library, Conference Room
    Dakota Writing Marathon – Explore downtown Sioux Falls with fellow writers, enjoy lunch together and practice your craft in a yearly event hosted by the Dakota Writing Project.
    TICKET REQUIRED ($15)
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.
    Holiday Inn, Starlite
    Literary Lunch – Solving the Mystery of C.J. Box – Rapid City author Sandra Brannan interviews Edgar Award winner C.J. Box about his New York Times bestselling mystery novels and more.
    TICKET REQUIRED ($20)
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m.
    Holiday Inn, Atrium
    Mass Book Signings
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m.
    Holiday Inn, Starlite
    Happy Hour for Readers & Writers – Talk about your day and share book recommendations with other attendees and authors. See www.sdbookfestival.com for details.
  • 7:00-8:30 p.m.
    Orpheum, Main Theater
    Keynote Panel – Perspectives on the Dakotas after 125 Years – Kathleen Norris, Dan O’Brien, Diane Johnson and Jon Lauck discuss Dakota culture, history, landscape and character.
 

SUNDAY, Sept. 30

  • 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Holiday Inn, Starlite
    Book-Lovers’ Brunch – Language and the Human Spirit – Kathleen Norris and Ted Kooser share poetry and other work centered on the human spirit.
    TICKET REQUIRED ($20)
 
Events and author appearances are occasionally rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances. Any such changes will be updated online and also reflected here.