Festival Features Food Events

Find Food and Fellowship at the 2014 Festival of Books


By Anna Wempe

Although it has been said that poetry is the food of love, most of us cannot live off of words alone. Luckily, the 2014 South Dakota Festival of Books offers three events that combine food for the soul with food for the taste buds.

The Literary Lunch on Friday, Sept. 26 focuses on the evolution of novels from the page to the screen. A panel of three experienced authors will discuss their personal and professional experiences with books and movies, both the transitions of their own works and their adaptation of others’ books. Pete Dexter is an acclaimed author whose work, such as the novel Paris Trout, has made it to the big screen. An accomplished novelist and essayist, writer Diane Johnson also collaborated with Stanley Kubrick to adapt Stephen King’s novel The Shining for the screen. Her novel Le Divorce was adapted to screen in 2003. Matthew Specktor is both a novelist and screenplay writer and has both written original screenplays and adapted from novels, including The Transit of Venus.

The second Literary Lunch, held Saturday, Sept. 27 at noon, moves from the bright silver screen to the shadowy land of mystery. Renowned mystery author C.J. Box will be interviewed by local author Sandra Brannan. Brannan will ask Box about his process, his inspiration, his work, and much more. A mystery author herself as well as an ebullient personality, Brannan’s interview promises to be both entertaining and informative. Along with an impressive list of published works, C.J. Box has appeared on the New York Times Top Five Best Seller list, won the Edgar Alan Poe Award, Prix Calibre 38 award in France, and more. He is best known for his Joe Pickett mystery series, but has also written the Cody Hoyt series, stand-alone novels and short stories.

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the South Dakota Festival of Books wraps up with the Book-Lovers’ Brunch entitled “Language and the Human Spirit.” Enjoy a breakfast buffet and coffee while listening to Paul Peterson on the acoustic guitar. Then, former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser and 2014 One Book South Dakota author Kathleen Norris will read their work and poems focusing on what it means to be human and the beauty of the human spirit. The event will close with an author Q&A. Kathleen Norris primarily writes non-fiction and poetry, as evidenced in Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, and has a spiritual connection to South Dakota, where she rediscovered in a Benedictine Abbey the faith that now colors her writing. Ted Kooser’s grasp of humanity and the frailty and contradictions of life earned him not only the Pushcart Prize in 2001, but also the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2005, among other awards.

Tickets for these events are $20.00 and can be purchased online at www.sdbookfestival.com.

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