Festival Feature: Jennifer Dumke
Jennifer Dumke Discussing W.L. Dow at Festival
Featured Book: W.L. Dow: The Architect Who Shaped Sioux Falls
1. Have you ever presented at the South Dakota Festival of Books before? If so, tell us your favorite memory. If not, tell us what you are expecting and why you signed on.
2. What is the earliest memory you have of books and/or reading?
One of my earliest memories I have with books was my mom reading Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik to me when I was little.
3. Who is your favorite author and why?
I’m a local history geek so all my favorite authors are, or were, local.
4. If you have to give one piece of succinct advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?
Since I wrote about history, which is very factual, I would advise to always double check your sources. If in doubt, leave it out.
5. Tell us one fact about yourself that nobody knows.
I was a TERRIBLE history student in both high school and college. But one would argue that someone else obviously knows this.
6. What was the greatest moment of your literary career?
For fun, it would be having my book on Overstock.com the day after it was released! Seriously – it was the day it popped up when doing a library search for another historical project. That was the moment I realized my book on history was going to be a permanent part of history.
7. Describe the feeling you had when you first held a finished, published copy of a book you had written.
This is funny because a friend and fellow writer actually blogged about my experience opening my first box of books and holding a copy in my hands. I was terrified! In fact, I didn’t open it for days.
8. What is the best movie adaptation of a book you have ever seen? The worst?
I love reading about history, but especially love watching good documentary films. I love the Maysles brothers, their documentary Grey Gardens inspired a movie. Crazy to think there was a film about a film. As for the worst, no specific titles come to mind but one thing I get consistently annoyed with is the mindset that everything in the past is in sepia tone. I’m pretty sure there were bright blue skies and green grass in the 1800’s.
9. What is the strangest question you have ever been asked related to your career as an author or your writings?
People think I’m a walking encyclopedia of Wallace Dow facts, dates and names. So I quite often will say “Wait, let me look that up in the book I wrote.” But in all seriousness, I enjoy a lot of aspects of history, not necessarily just Wallace Dow architecture. It’s flattering to be thought of as an “expert” on something, but that doesn’t mean I’m not moving on to other areas of interest.