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  1. thumbnail image for blog post: The 'Firm' Handshake of a Famous Author
    June 6, 2017

    Not many authors are truly household names these days, a fact which tends to disappoint book lovers like me. John Grisham, however, is one who rises to that level.

  2. thumbnail image for blog post: Why the Humanities: Hardwired for Story
    May 31, 2017

    As far as we know, human beings are the only creatures that tell stories. Think about that for a minute. Let it sink in.

  3. thumbnail image for blog post: Literature Ambassador Gene Luen Yang Issues Challenge to Young Readers
    May 24, 2017

    When he decided to make a living drawing comic books, Gene Luen Yang faced not only the long odds that come with any such dream, but also an obstacle.

  4. thumbnail image for blog post: Kathleen Grissom and the Story that Wrote Itself
    May 16, 2017

    Fiction authors are no strangers to writers block. But once in a while, the story literally "writes itself." Kathleen Grissom knows what that feels like.

  5. thumbnail image for blog post: Veterans Writing Prize Open to Submissions
    May 10, 2017

    As in years past, the 2017 South Dakota Festival of Books will feature a strong lineup of Veteran authors. It will also feature an opportunity for aspiring Veteran writers to show the professionals what they can do.

  6. thumbnail image for blog post: Funding Bill Passed; Fundraising Goal Met
    May 9, 2017

    While 2017 has been challenging for the South Dakota Humanities Council, things took a turn for the better with two major victories in a matter of ten days.

  7. thumbnail image for blog post: Book Clubs Rejoice:The 2017 One Book has a Kit!
    May 4, 2017

    Attention book club captains, teachers, discussion leaders: J. Ryan Stradal has made your life easier.

  8. thumbnail image for blog post: Why the Humanities: Please Inform Yourself of What is At Stake Locally
    April 27, 2017

    Whichever side of the federal funding for the arts and humanities debate you stand on...please inform yourself of what is at stake locally.

  9. thumbnail image for blog post: Why the Humanities: Connections Enhance the Human Experience
    April 25, 2017

    The Humanities indiscriminately touch all of us. They help us understand and experience what makes us human. I was introduced to the humanities, without knowing it, in grade school.

  10. thumbnail image for blog post: Why the Humanities: 'You Can Change the World'
    April 21, 2017

    Why is the budget proposal calling for entirely eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities such a terrible idea?

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