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Gary D. Schmidt

Gary Schmidt is a prolific author of children’s literature and young adult fiction. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a PhD in medieval literature and has taught at Calvin University and Hamline University. Some of his recent novels include Orbiting Jupiter, The Labors of Hercules Beal, and A Little Bit Super. Schmidt has received two John Newbery Honor Awards. He now lives on a 200-year-old farm in Alto, Michigan, where he plants gardens and writes.

Featured title: The Labors of Hercules Beal



  • Thursday, Sept. 21 @ 11:00 a.m.SDPB Live Broadcast – In the Moment Book Club with Lori Walsh – Dahl Arts Center, Rapid City
  • Saturday, Sept. 23 @ 3:15 p.m.Writing for Kids in a Time of Book Banning – Martin and Mason Hotel, 1898 Ballroom
  • Saturday, Sept. 23 @ 4:30 p.m. Author Signing Event – The Lodge, Bullock & Roosevelt Rooms

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