Featured Books to Showcase South Dakota’s Literary Tradition

Browne, Chris - Monster Ate State-SMALL.jpgSoozy, South Dakota’s friendly but hungry dinosaur, has hopped a flight to Washington, D.C., for the15th Anniversary Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 5.

Soozy stars in The Monster Who Ate the State, written and illustrated by Sioux Falls-based Chris Browne. The book
has been named one of the 52 ‘Great Reads about Great Places’ to be showcased at the National Book Festival.

The South Dakota Center for the Book highlights the book at the South Dakota table in the Pavilion of States, alongside Pioneer Girl: An Annotated Autobiography, edited by Pamela Smith Hill. Children at the National Book Festival will be given Browne’s book.

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Jennifer Widman, director of the South Dakota Center for the Book, and a representative from the South Dakota State Library will represent the state at the National Book Festival.

The theme for the 2015 National Book Festival credits Thomas Jefferson, on the 200th Anniversary of the Library of Congress’s acquisition of Jefferson’s personal library. He is known to have said: “I Cannot Live Without Books.”

Both Browne and Hill will attend the 13th annual South Dakota Festival of Books, Sept. 24-27, 2015, in Deadwood and the surrounding Black Hills.

In addition to book signings on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m., their appearances will include the following:

Chris Browne
Browne, Chris - sm square.jpgFriday, Sept. 25 – The Monster Who Was Born in the Lab – 9:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. – Sanford Underground Research Facility Education Building, Lead

Saturday, Sept. 26 – The Monster Who Ate the State – 3 p.m. – Lead-Deadwood Elementary School Auditorium, Deadwood


Pamela Smith Hill
Hill, Pamela Smith-sm square.jpgFriday, Sept. 25 – Author Tea & Historic Home Tour* - 2 p.m. – William Walsh & Jo Roebuck-Pearson Home, Deadwood

Saturday, Sept. 26
9 a.m. – Historical Research: Sources Stresses & Surprises – Homestake Adams Research & Cultural Center, Deadwood

12 p.m. – Lunch with Laura: Pioneer Girl & the Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder* – Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center, Deadwood

*Tickets available for these special events. Visit www.sdbookfestival.com to order tickets online.