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SDSU prof at Festival of Books

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 21st, 2010

Christine Stewart-Nuñez

A Brookings author will be among the presenters at the eighth annual South Dakota Festival of Books, which gets under way this week in Sioux Falls. The event runs from Sept. 24-26.

Christine Stewart-Nuñez, who teaches creative writing at South Dakota State University, will be among more than 60 presenters at the celebration of books.

Each year thousands of people converge on the annual South Dakota Festival of Books, a weekend-long event that features dozens of authors of national stature participating in book signings, presentations, panel discussions and readings.

Author presentations are separated into six tracks: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children’s/young adult, history/tribal, and writer’s support.

The festival, a “must-attend” event for book lovers and prospective authors alike, takes place at several locations in downtown Sioux Falls.

Books by all the participating authors will be on sale during the festival.

Headlining the event will be New York Times bestseller and National Book Award honoree Dave Eggers (“Where the Wild Things Are,” “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” “What Is the What,” “Zeitoun”).

Other exciting presenters include National Book Award winner Pete Dexter (“Deadwood,” “Paris Trout,” “Spooner”), American Girl series author Jacqueline Dembar Greene (“Rebecca Mystery: Secrets At Camp Nokomis”), noted cultural critic Marilyn Johnson (“This Book Is Overdue”), the bestselling historian Hampton Sides (“Ghost Soldiers,” “Blood & Thunder”). Among the celebrity authors at the Sioux Falls festival will be:

• PEN USA Creative Nonfiction Award winner Debra Marquart (“The Horizontal World: Growing up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere”);

• 2010 Prairie Bud Award winner Peter Brown (“The Fabulous Bouncing Chowder,” “Children Make Terrible Pets”);

• NPR’s foreign correspondent Deborah Amos;

• Novelist and former BBC host Frank Delaney (“Ireland”);

• “Little House on the Prairie” star Alison Arngrim (“Confessions of a Prairie Bitch”);

• Jimmy Santiago Baca (“A Glass of Water”);

• Former Washington Post book critic Michael Dirda (“Book by Book”);

• Former Sports Illustrated executive editor Rob Fleder (“The Football Book”).

Brookings’ Stewart-Nuñez, a recipient of an Academy of American Poets Award, is the author of “The Love of Unreal Things,” “Unbound & Branded” and “Postcard on Parchment.” (ABZ Press 2008), and a fourth work, “Keeping Them Alive” will be released by WordTech Editions in January.

In “Postcard on Parchment,” winner of the 2007 ABZ Poetry Contest, the SDSU professor weaves “travelistic” poems of landscape and culture with lyrics that engage her experiences living in Turkey.

The poems in “Keeping Them Alive” braid the 1984 death of her sister and the 2006 birth of her son. The book is an exploration of the dimensions that loss brings to life.

Stewart-Nuñez received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and she is currently an assistasnt professor in the English Department at South Dakota State University.

The Festival of Books is a family-friendly activity, and most of the events are free. Tickets for a selection of special events are on sale now. Visit www.sdbookfestival.com for more information, or call the South Dakota Humanities Council at 605-688-6113.

The South Dakota Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization founded in 1972 whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the residents of South Dakota. The council is headquartered in Brookings.

– From staff reports

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