DiCamillo Shines Spotlight on Festival

International Publishing Magazine Features DiCamillo, S.D. Festival of Books

Kate DiCamillo, a headlining author at the 2014 South Dakota Festival of Books, speaks at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls during the Festival in September. Photo courtesy of Emily Spartz, Argus Leader.

Kate DiCamillo, a headlining author at the 2014 South Dakota Festival of Books, speaks at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls during the Festival in September. Photo courtesy of Emily Spartz, Argus Leader.

By Anna Wempe

Two-time Newbery Medal winner, acclaimed children’s author, and now Library of Congress’ 2014–2015 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Midwest native Kate DiCamillo has certainly made her own way in the world of writing. Her ever-rising stardom also recently brought attention to the South Dakota Humanities Council and South Dakota Festival of Books, as her appearance as a headlining author at the 2014 Festival in September was mentioned in an internationally-respected publishing magazine.

A recent article in Publishers Weekly, which reaches publishers, sellers, agents and librarians worldwide and is referred to as “ the leading publication serving all involved in the creation, production, marketing and sale of the written word in all formats” by Amazon.com, celebrates DiCamillo and her endurance, spirit, activity, and of course, books. The powerhouse magazine also discusses South Dakota and DiCamillo’s appearance in Sioux Falls and Brookings at the 2014 South Dakota Festival of Books. “Earlier this year the South Dakota Humanities Council named The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (2006) as the debut selection in its debut Young Readers One [Book] Program statewide reading program, which included in the spring the distribution of more than 2,000 special-edition copies of Edward Tulane to third graders in the Sioux Falls and Brookings school districts. ”

Getting mentioned by a big-name, well-respected publication draws attention to the causes of the South Dakota Humanities Council, such as the One Book program and the South Dakota Festival of Books that were specifically highlighted in the Publishers Weekly article. Awareness about the SDHC, its function, and its mission is crucial to the success of the events and programs both sponsored and put on by the SDHC.

Kate DiCamillo speaks at the 2014 Festival of Books during an event at the Children's Museum of South Dakota in Brookings. Photo courtesy of Randy Grimsley.

Kate DiCamillo speaks at the 2014 Festival of Books during an event at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota in Brookings. Photo courtesy of Randy Grimsley.

Featuring DiCamillo at the first-ever Young Readers Festival was, in itself, an unparalleled treat. Seeing the exhilaration on the faces of the thousands of young readers who came to the Festival was the cherry on top, as they both listened enraptured to her presentations and stood in line to speak with and get the signature of their literary hero. The recognition that comes with a mention in an acclaimed publication such as Publishers Weekly will hopefully assist SDHC in its mission to continue to bring similar experiences to South Dakotans of all ages for a long, long time.

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