Author Tour to Finish Final Leg

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Award-winning mystery author William Kent Krueger is finishing the final leg of his One Book South Dakota author tour in Vermillion, Sioux Falls, Chamberlain, Buffalo and at the South Dakota Festival of Books. He'll discuss his book Ordinary Grace, the 2015 One Book South Dakota selection, and sign books.

  • Monday, Sept. 21 – Vermillion, Vermillion Public Library, 3:30 p.m. (discussion of book before meeting the author); Raziel's Restaurant, 5:30 p.m. (reception); Vermillion Public Library, 7 p.m. (book talk and signing)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 22 – Sioux Falls, University Center - Avera Hall, 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 22 – Chamberlain, Chamberlain Community Center, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 24 - Buffalo, Rita Thompson Home, 308 East Three Toes St, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. (luncheon)

Krueger’s tour culminates in a keynote appearance at the 2015 Festival of Books in Deadwood on Saturday, Sept. 26, 7:30 pm, in addition to other Festival events, Sept. 25-27.

A resident of St. Paul, Krueger is known for his mysteries set in Minnesota’s North Country, including the award-winning Corcoran O’Connor series.

In 2013, Ordinary Grace received the Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America in recognition for the best novel published in that year. The New York Times bestseller also received the Barry Award, Anthony Award and Macavity Award for Best Novel.

“I really appreciate the door that Ordinary Grace has opened for me,” Krueger said. “It’s probably my favorite book that I’ve written. it’s very unique.”

Set in a small town in southern Minnesota, the book is told from the point of view of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. Ordinary Grace departs somewhat from his earlier work to examine issues of spirituality and loss of innocence.

Since 2003, the One Book South Dakota program has encouraged all South Dakotans to read and discuss the same novel or memoir throughout the course of a year. Community and book groups receive books on loan and can invite a South Dakota Humanities Council scholar to facilitate discussion.

For more about the South Dakota Humanities Council and the One Book program, please visit