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South Dakota's Premier Literary Event
In September, the South Dakota Humanities Council brought the best in books to a new host town, Brookings, through the 2016 South Dakota Festival of Books. Readers and writers from within the community and beyond the state’s borders embraced the event, with more than 10,000 session attendees of all ages meeting more than 70 authors and illustrators working in all genres.
Headlining the Festival were six featured Pulitzer Prize winners representing 35 years of high-caliber writing in international reporting, fiction, poetry, history, biography and criticism, led by Jane Smiley, author of Some Luck, the 2016 One Book South Dakota. Nearly 5,000 Young Readers received copies of their own One Book, Andy Shane and Dolores Starbuckle: 4 Books in 1, and manyof them got to meet author Jennifer Richard Jacobson in Sioux Falls, Brookings or Rapid City.
With numerous special events, two mass book signings, and more than 50 authors and illustrators selling their books in Exhibitors’ Hall, attendees had many chances to discover new favorites, providing plenty of food for thought and enough reading material to last until next year’s Festival. Mark your calendars for Sept. 21-24, 2017, when readers and writers will rendezvous again in Deadwood and Rapid City!
2016 $20,000+ Presenting Partners
2016 $5,000+ Endowment Donors
2016 $2,500+ Donors (*indicates endowment)
3M | Avera | Black Hills State University Foundation | Sandra Brannan* | Judith & Mark Meierhenry* | Carolyn Mollers* | Scott & Linda Rausch* | South Dakota Art Museum | South Dakota State University Office of the President* | Washington Pavilion
2016 $1,000+ Donors (*indicates endowment)
The Ament Group of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management | Brookings School District | Dick & Sue Brown* | Tom & Sherry DeBoer (in memory of Charles Larson)* | Delta Dental of South Dakota | Den-Wil Hospitalities | Glacial Lake & Prairies Tourism Association | Denise LaRue* | James & Kathy McMahon* | Steven & Kathy Sanford* | SDSU College of Arts & Sciences | SDSU English Department | Jerry & Gail Simmons | Sioux Falls School District | South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum | Keri Thompson
2016 $500+ Donors (*indicates endowment)
Eric Abrahamson & Lois Facer* | Brian Bonde* | Patricia S. Fishback | Tom & Mary Beth Fishback* | Edward & Joan Hogan | Diane Kay & William Kent Krueger* | Joe & Jennifer Kirby Charitable Fund of the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation* | Jason & Tatum McEntee | Matthew C. Moen* | Tom & Jean Nicholson* | Jack & Linda Stengel | Robert & Ann Weisgarber
2016 Friends of SDHC (*indicates endowment)
Anonymous | Marty Ackerman | Katherine Amundson | Mads & Chloe Andenas | R. P. Anderson* | Jessica Andrews & Allen Day* | Dr. Marilyn Carlson Aronson | J. D. & Maylou Austin | Martha Baker | Philip Baker | Reuben J. Bareis* | Patricia K. Beattie | Kathleen Bergeson | Mary Lou Berry | Cheryl Beste | Darla Biel | Elizabeth Birmingham* | Dorothy Blair | Susan Blake | Margy Brenden | Loreen Bunker* | Susan Burgard | Chuck Cecil | Dr. O. J. "Chals" Christensen & Dr. Joan England | Carol Christianson* |Rebecca Converse* | Judith A. Danielsen | K. D. Danker | Suzanne DeBoom | Tom & Kathy Dean | Prudence DeBates | Tom & Deb Delaney* | Margaret Denton | Kristi Desaulniers* | Kathleen Donovan* | Holly Downing* | Monica Draeger | Thomas & Connie Earley | Janice Ebersdorfer | Helen Ellerbach | Lewayne M. Erickson | Ann R. Esse | Audrey Estebo | David & Jan Evans | Sheryl Faber | Wayne Fanebust* | Martin Fashbaugh* | Mary Fiedler | Mary S. Freeman | Katie Fritz | Jacqualyn Fuller* | Judy Gaalswyk* | W. Denny Gemeny* | Doris Giago | Alden Gillings | Keith & Irene Goehring | Sherilyn Goldammer* | Tricia Gomulinski | Lillian Greenbaum | Janet Gritzner | Kathy Grow | Nancy T. Hacker | Emily A. Haddad* | Lois Haertel | Mary Alice Halverson | Candy Hamilton | Lois Hart | Linda M. Hasselstrom* |Lillian Haug | Michael & Jean Haug | Mary Hayenga* | Roger P. Headrick | Arlene M. Hendrickson | Ronald Hill | Alan Hodgson* | Larry & Mary Holland | Richard Holm | Fr. Jerome Holtzman | Dennis Hopfinger | Maureen Horsley | Dr. Jay W. Hubner | Bernie Hunhoff | Katie Hunhoff* | John Husmann | Elizabeth A. Hustad | Karla Hyde | Joyce Jefferson | Redetta Jensen* | Vesta Jensen | Sandy Jerstad | Dr. James L. Johnson | Jan Hovey Johnson | Thomas Johnson | Priscilla Jorve | Alvin Kangas | Claudia Kapp* | Karen Kildahl* | Esther Marie Knutson | Cheryl Koch | Linda Kottkee | Nancy Tystad Koupal* | Marilyn Kratz | Barbara Kurtis | Carol Kurtzhals | David Kvernes | D. C. Lamphere Studio | Joyce Lampson | Gerald F. Lange | Jay Larsen* | Dolores Larson* | Janice Law | Renae Lehman | Jane Leite* | Bonnie Lievan* | Lisa Lindell | Norma Linn | Bruce & Ila Lushbough | Jack Lyons | Steven Lust Automotive* | Greg Magnuson* | Martha Marken | Mr. & Mrs. T. F. Martin | Connie McKnight | Mary McQuillen | Carol Merwin | Kent & Zindie Meyers* | Beverly Kaye Mickelson | Jason Miller, Micro Computer Systems | Peggy Gordon Miller | Jane Miner | Lillian Misar | Marsha Warren Mittman | Mary Moeller | Maurice Monahan | Mary Montoya | Ruth Morrill | Denton Morrison | Ann Morrow | Ted Muenster* | Dr. Don & Lorraine Nemer* | Sister Eileen Neville | Genevieve Newell | Lawrence C. Novotny | Sharon Olbertson | Estelle P. Pearson | Julie Moore Peterson | Kenneth & Lavonne Pickering* | Susanne Piplani | Judith Quam* | Kathryn Cole Quinones | Connie Quirk | Jill D. Rallis | Eric Raveling | Marian V. Reed | Betsy Rice* | Steve Riedel | Riverfront Broadcasting (Carolyn Becker)* | Ardelle Lundeen Roberts | Gail & Rosemary Robertson | The Joel & Susan Rosenthal Charitable Gift Account* | Frances Ruebel-Alberts | Kyle & Rachel Schaefer* | Rebecca Schenk* | Jan Schock* | Vonnie Shields* | COL Orville & Charlotte Smidt* | Charline Smith* | Vance & Virginia Sneve | Legia Spicer* | Peggy Stout | (Helen) Faith Sullivan | Harriet Swedlund | Robert Talley* | Gaytha Ten Eyck | Ron & Jan Tesch | Mark & Lynne Thompson | Helen R. Tieszen | Trucount CPA | Craig & Della Tschetter | Judith B. Tulloch | Kathie Tuntland | Mike & Lesta Turchen | Julie Underwood* | Van Buskirk Companies (Myron Van Buskirk) | Dr. Orval Van Deest | Nancy Veglahn | Lynn Verschoor | Vern Voelzke | Grace Wangberg | Pam Warren | Gary & Vivian Westgard | John & Peggy Whalen | Carol White | Jennifer & Rich Widman* | Linda Wiley | JoAnn Willgohs | Clyde V. Williams* | Ruth Williams | Jerry & Norma Wilson | Ruby Wilson | Geoffrey H. & Mary N. Wold | David A. Wolff* | Charles & Sarah Woodard | Elizabeth Young* | Rose Ross Zediker | Thomas & Sharon Zeller