South Dakota Festival of Books

Anna Weir is a Publicist at UNP.

I’m excited to return to Deadwood, South Dakota this week (October 4-6) to represent UNP at at the annual South Dakota Festival of Books. Sponsored each year by the South Dakota Humanities Council, SDFB is South Dakota’s premier annual literary event and draws around 4,000 attendees. Their packed schedule showcases more than 50 distinguished authors, scholars, and publishers. Attendees and speakers participate in panels, workshops and readings.

Many of our own authors are included in this year’s schedule of events, highlighted below.

If you’re in Deadwood, stop by Booth 41 and say hello!



One Size Fits None by Stephanie Anderson explores the movement from sustainable to regenerative agriculture practices in our nation’s farmlands. This book will resonate with anyone concerned about the future of food in America.

Winning Westeros brings together more than thirty of today’s top military and strategic experts, including authors ML Cavanaugh and John Amble, to explain the strategy and art of war by way of the Game of Thrones saga.

In Defense of Loose Translations is a memoir that bridges the personal and professional experiences of Elizabeth Cook-Lynn. Having spent much of her life illuminating the tragic irony of being an Indian in America, this provocative and often controversial writer narrates the story of her intellectual life in the field of Indian studies.

Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s is a collection of Tiffany Midge’s musings on life, politics, and race,  blending together sly humor, social commentary, and meditations on love and loss.

In Of Fathers and Fire by Steven Wingate, ​​Richie Thorpe and his ragtag religious community bring a little peace and a lot of chaos to the High Plains town of Suborney, Colorado. Their arrival upends the relationship between Tommy Sandor and his mother, Connie, prompting a fallout that threatens the whole town.

Standing Bear of Ponca by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve recounts the life, triumphs, and continuing impact of the historic chief of the Bear Clan. Standing Bear’s story is the story of change in America when many Indian tribes felt the pressure of the pioneers looking to settle the West.


Friday, October 4

10:00-11:15 a.m.: Tatanka: Story of the Bison with Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve

2:00-2:45 p.m., Deadwood Public Library: Stephanie Anderson, “Research for Creative Writing”

2:00-2:45 p.m., Deadwood Mountain Grand-Backstage Area: Tiffany Midge, “Bead by Bead: The Details in Writing Nonfiction”

2:00-2:45 p.m., Deadwood Mountain Grand Conference Room: Steven Wingate, “Of Fathers and Fire: Reading & Talk”


7:30-8:30 p.m., Deadwood Mountain Grand – Event Center: John Amble and ML Cavanaugh, “FRIDAY NIGHT FEATURE: Winning Westeros : What Game of Thrones Tells Us About Modern War & World Affairs” Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event!


Saturday, October 5

9:00-9:45 a.m., Deadwood Mountain Grand – Event Center: ML Cavanaugh, “How Fiction can Preserve National Security”

9:00-9:45 a.m., Deadwood Mountain Grand – Conference Room: Steven Wingate, “Writing Place: Let the Land Shape Your story”

10:00-10:45 a.m., Martin & Mason Hotel: Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, “In Defense of Loose Translations: Writing an Academic Memoir”

11:00-11:45 a.m., Deadwood Mountain – Backstage Area: John Amble, “From Washington to Patton…To Skywalker: Why the Most Powerful Military in the World is Turning to Fiction”

11:00-11:45 a.m., Deadwood Public Library: Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, “Telling Childhood Stories to New Generations”



Sunday, October 6

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Deadwood Mountain Grand – Event Center: Stephanie Anderson and Tiffany Midge, “Looking Back, Thinking Ahead: Women & Memoir”

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