South Dakota Festival of Books Preview

Tayler Lord is a publicist at UNP. Her favorite flavor of La Croix is coconut (no seriously, you should try it). 

As one of UNP’s newest employees (I celebrated six months just two weeks ago), the South Dakota Festival of Books marks my first time representing UNP at an exhibit. I didn’t know what to expect when I was first told I’d be going to South Dakota because, truthfully, I’ve never really known it to be a literary mecca. I may have been wrong.

The schedule for the SD Festival of Books is, in a word, stacked. The line-up features six Pulitzer Prize-winning writers who will come together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the award. There are also a number of well-known authors and creators whose names you may not recognize but whose work you surely will, each hosting workshops and presentations that sound especially interesting to this first time festival goer. And of course, some great UNP authors will be there as well. I’m MOST excited about:

  • Cultivating Creativity: First We Imagine with author John E. Miller
  • The Sketch Book & the Journal with author and artist Martin Garhart
  • A Reading by Former U.S. Poet Laureate and UNP author Ted Kooser
  • The Revenant vs. the Historical Hugh Glass with Freya Manfred, daughter of author Frederick Manfred
  • Press Portrayals of Women Politicians: 150 Years in Context with historian Teri Finneman
  • Prose & Cons: Teaching Poetry in Prisons with poet Lawrence J. Diggs
  • Sioux Women in South Dakota: Traditionally Sacred with UNP author Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
  • Reflections on the Centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes with Pulitzer Prize winning authors, historians, and poets Shirley Christian, Michael Dirda, Ted Kooser, and T.J. Stiles

You can see the full schedule of events here.

UNP will have many wonderful books for sale, from biographies like Lonesome Dreamer: The life of John G. Neihardt by Tim Anderson to creative nonfiction like The Solace of Stones: Finding a Way through Wilderness by Julie Riddle. We’ll also have some blind-date books for $5, which we can guarantee are infinitely less scary than a blind date with another human.

If you find yourself at the South Dakota Festival of Books tomorrow, stop by the UNP booth and say hi!