Festival Fans: Who Wants to Help Us Pick the 2018 One Book?

Third-graders ask questions during author/illustrator Chris Van Dusen's "Tales from Deckawoo Drive: Creating the 2017 Young Readers One Book" presentation at the Rapid City Central Theater on Sept. 21.

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From informative non-fiction to gripping mystery novels, the annual One Book South Dakota has spanned all genres and interests since its inception in 2003.

Fresh off the success of our 2017 One Book South Dakota "Kitchens of the Great Midwest," which sparked conversations around the state about "foodie" culture and the quirky characters created by author J. Ryan Stradal, it's time to finalize our 2018 selection.

That's where you come in. We'd like readers around the state to share ideas for the One Book South Dakota in 2018 and beyond! Just click below to suggest a title and author, and we'll consider your feedback as we make our selection.

If you'd like a bit of help in coming up with a suggestion, feel free to consult our blog post about selecting a good book club book (and creating a book club). We've found that the best book club books present unique, discussable perspectives while maintaining readers' interest.

One Book South Dakota History

Since 2003, the One Book South Dakota program has encouraged people across South Dakota to read and discuss the same book through the year. Groups receive the current One Book on loan from the South Dakota Humanities Council lending library and an SDHC scholar to direct their conversation, if they like.

J. Ryan Stradal signs books at the 2017 South Dakota Festival of Books.

J. Ryan Stradal signs books at the 2017 South Dakota Festival of Books.

The One Book author is featured at the South Dakota Festival of Books. Depending on availability, the SDHC aims to have the author conduct a statewide tour, as well.

Our 2017 author, J. Ryan Stradal, stopped in Sioux Falls, Watertown, Pierre and Rapid City before culminating his tour at the 2017 South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood, Sept. 21-24.

Past One Book selections include:

  • 2016 – "Some Luck" by Jane Smiley
  • 2015 – "Ordinary Grace" by William Kent
  • 2014 – "Dakota: A Spiritual Geography" by Kathleen Norris
  • 2013 – "The Long-Shining Waters" by Danielle Sosin
  • 2012 – "Dammed Indians Revisited: The Continuing History of the Pick-Sloan Plan and the Missouri River Sioux" by Michael Lawson
  • 2011 – "The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History" by Joseph Marshall III
  • 2010 – "What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng" by Dave Eggers
  • 2009 – "Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch" by Dan O'Brien
  • 2008 – "The Master Butchers Singing Club" by Louise Erdrich
  • 2007 – "The Whistling Season" by Ivan Doig
  • 2006 – "Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson
  • 2005 – "The Work of Wolves" by Kent Meyers
  • 2004 – "The Art of Mending" by Elizabeth Berg
  • 2003 – "Peace Like a River" by Leif Enger 

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