Festival of Books

I have been somewhat remiss in not previously giving more attention to the upcoming fourth annual South Dakota Festival of Books, scheduled for Sioux Falls Sept. 22-24.

Heading the list of presenters is Marilynne Robinson, author of the wonderful Gilead. The book won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and is the 2006 selection for “One Book South Dakota.” Ted Kooser, who won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, is also scheduled to attend. Kooser is the U.S. Poet Laureate and teaches at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Other notables from my perspective include Jane Jewell, executive director of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America; Nancy Pearl, author of Book Lust and More Book Lust; and Juan Williams, NPR correspondent and author of Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary.

Here is the schedule of events.

A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.

Salman Rushdie

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