One Book SD author Danielle Sosin will spend three days in Vermillion during the first week of April to kick off her summer speaking tour that will culminate with an appearance at the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood.
The award-winning author, whose “The Long-Shining Waters” was chosen as the 2013 One Book South Dakota, will make four week-long book tours throughout the state starting in June. She will visit one region of the state each month.
Sosin will kick off the tour by appearing in Vermillion and the University of South Dakota campus April 3-5.
Radio listeners who want to hear more about Sosin prior to her appearance in Vermillion will have an opportunity to hear her interviewed by Karl Gehrke on South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s “Dakota Midday” radio program March 29 at noon Central Daylight Time. Additional One Book Tour details will be provided during her radio appearance, which is part of SDPB’s Dakota Midday Book Club.
During her visit to Vermillion, Sosin will meet with USD faculty and students and provide a reading of “The Long-Shining Waters” on April 4 at 7 p.m. at Farber Hall. The event is free and open to the public, and will provide campus and community members an opportunity to participate in a conversation about Sosin’s book and its themes. Five copies of “The Long-Shining Waters” will be given away at the event.
The campus reading will serve as a kickoff to Sosin’s four-month, 20-community book tour, which will give communities an opportunity to hear directly from the Duluth, MN, resident. Sosin, a past South Dakota Festival of Books presenter, weaves an intricate tale revolving around Lake Superior in “The Long-Shining Waters,” which is her debut novel.
The book’s content provides numerous opportunities for discussion of the 2013 SDHC programming theme of water, along with many other issues.
The University of South Dakota and the South Dakota Humanities Council are sponsoring Sosin’s appearance in Vermillion. On April 4-5, she will meet with undergraduate and graduate creative writing students to talk about the writing process and her experience as a professional author. SDHC will give away 30 copies of “The Long-Shining Waters” to graduate and undergraduate classes that are involved in Sosin’s discussions.
“The Long-Shining Waters” was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, The Midwest Independent Bookseller’s Choice Award, and was the winner of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. Sosin has been honored with numerous awards and fellowships from organizations including the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and the Loft Literary Center.
The 2012 Festival of Books (Sept. 20-22) will feature more than 50 national and local authors in six genres: Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, history/tribal, children’s/young adult and writers’ support. As the headlining author and keynote speaker, Sosin will invite reflection on the importance of water in shaping our individual sense of place.
Also featured at the Festival will be Walter Dean Myers, 2012-2013 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and two Pulitzer Prize winners, former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser and Washington Post book critic Michael Dirda. Many more authors will be announced as the event draws closer.
For more information about the Festival of Books and participating authors, visit www.sdbookfestival.com.
If you are interested in receiving books from the SDHC lending library and holding a One Book South Dakota discussion led by a community member or humanities scholar, complete a Quick Grant/One Book application at www.sdhumanities.org.