The South Dakota Council of Teachers of English has honored Brian Bedard, professor of English at The University of South Dakota, as its 2008 South Dakota Author of the Year.
Bedard, Ph.D., who is also director of creative writing at USD, has had many essays and stories published during his career. His most recent book, the short story collection entitled Grieving on the Run, received the 2006 Serena McDonald Kennedy Award for short fiction and was published in 2007. Grieving on the Run is currently available at Barnes and Noble in Sioux Falls and online at www.snakenationpress.org.
For being named South Dakota Author of the Year, Bedard will be the keynote speaker at the 2009 South Dakota Council of Teachers of English Conference in Chamberlain. He will also host a book signing following the conference banquet at Cedar Shore.