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Spring AuthorFest Features Page-to-Screen Writers

March 18, 2023

Can’t wait six more months for the next South Dakota Festival of Books? Get your fix with a virtual discussion among bestselling authors whose work has leapt from page to screen! The South Dakota Festival of Books is partnering with Simon & Schuster to present the Spring 2023 AuthorFest event, featuring Rebecca Serle and Laura Dave in conversation with Jessica Knoll, starting at 7 p.m. CT/6 p.m. MT on Wednesday, March 22.  

Both Serle and Dave are masters of writing complicated families, telling love stories, and creating characters that have enchanted people across media. In their conversation, they’ll discuss the challenges of adapting books for TV and film, as well as the sources of inspiration they find in the world around them.

Partnering with Simon & Schuster provides one more way for the Festival to bring well-known writers to the state’s readers, said Jennifer Widman, South Dakota Center for the Book Director. “AuthorFest always features top-tier authors with brand-new books, and they can’t possibly visit every community on their in-person tours,” she said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our Festival fans to hear from them and, in this case, to get the inside scoop on adapting books into streaming series.”  

Since the inaugural Fall 2021 AuthorFest event (Bob Woodward and Robert Costa discussing their book Peril), Simon & Schuster has partnered with book festivals from Boston to Berkeley to Honolulu, entertaining and connecting thousands of book lovers across the country. The South Dakota Festival of Books has been part of all four events.

Jonathan Karp, Simon & Schuster President and CEO, is excited to bring authors to a wider audience through these partnerships. “Our first three AuthorFest events have been scintillating conversations, viewed by thousands, and we expect our Spring 2023 event with Rebecca Serle and Laura Dave to be just as entertaining,” he said. “Both of these writers have brought complex characters to life through their books and page-to-screen adaptations.”


Rebecca Serle is the New York Times bestselling author of One Italian Summer, In Five YearsThe Dinner List, and the young adult novels The Edge of Falling and When You Were Mine. Serle also developed the hit TV adaptation Famous in Love, based on her YA series of the same name. A graduate of the University of Southern California and The New School, Serle lives in Los Angeles. Find out more at

Laura Dave is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Thing He Told Me, Eight Hundred Grapes, and other novels. Her books have been published in 38 countries and have been chosen by Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club and Book of the Month Club. The Last Thing He Told Me, chosen as the Goodreads Mystery & Thriller of the Year for 2021, is soon to be a limited series on Apple TV+. Dave resides in Santa Monica. Find out more at

Jessica Knoll is the New York Times bestselling author of The Favorite Sister and Luckiest Girl Alive—now a major motion picture from Netflix starring Mila Kunis. She has been a senior editor at Cosmopolitan and the articles editor at Self. Knoll grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated from the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. She lives in Los Angeles.


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