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South Dakota Authors

Authors and writers who have lived in South Dakota at some point in their lives.

South Dakota Authors

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Cry Murder by Edith Howie -- grew up in Sioux Falls, SD

Rosebud Yellow Robe Frantz; Daughter of Chauncy Yellow Robe; used storytelling, performance and books to introduce generations of children to Native American folklore and culture; Author of "Tonweya and the Eagles, and other Lakota Tales"

Rosebud Yellow Robe Frantz

Terry Woster, journalist/ columnist; grew up in South Dakota

TERRY WOSTER: A hall-of-famer in every way

Charles Woodard, professor at SDSU; author of "As Far as I Can See"; named Author of the Year (2013) by SD Council of Teachers of English

Woodard named author of year

Elizabeth Williams, Author of "Reflections of a Prairie Daughter"; born in Sioux Falls; grew up in Brookings;

Margaret Crary, born in Carthage, SD; works include "The Calico Ball" and "Secret of the Unknown Fifteen"

Crary, Margaret

Doris Stensland, born and raised in SE South Dakota; Author of "Haul the Water, Haul the Wood"

Luther Standing Bear, born in Pine Ridge; Joined Buffalo Bill's wild west show; Author of "Land of the Spotted Eagle"

Luther Standing Bear - Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center

Barbara Oaks, Sioux Falls; self published five books in her later years including "The Bannisters: a Historical Novel Set in Dakota"

Marian Hurd McNeely; homesteaded on the Rosebud Indian Reservation; author of "The Jumping-off Place"

Marian Hurd McNeely (1877 - 1930) - Find A Grave Memorial

George McGovern, author, politician, historian; U.S. Represenatitve, U.S. Senator and Democratice Party presidential nominee in 1972 presidential election; wrote "Terry", "Agricultural Thought in the Twentieth Century", "A Time of War! A Time of Peace", "The Third Freedom: Ending Hunger in Our Time" and "Essential America: Our Founders and the Liberal Tradition"

George McGovern - Dakota Wesleyan University

Herbert A. Krause, teacher, author; wrote "Wind Without Rain", "The Thresher" and "Prelude to Glory: A Newspaper Accounting of Custer's 1874 Expedition to the Black Hills" - Inductees

Colonel Melvin Grigsby, Sioux Falls; Civil War soldier at Andersonvile Prison; author of "The Smoked Yank"

Pete Dexter, author of "Deadwood"; raised in SD and Illinois; earned BA from USD

Pete Dexter Lets It Bleed

Claude A. Barr, rancher; book of "Jewels of the Plains" (published posthumously)

David Volk; born and raised in Mitchell; wrote “Draftee: A High School Teacher Goes To War” which chronicles his time in the Army; co-wrote four children’s books with Mark Meierhenry: "Mystery of the Round Rocks", "Mystery of the Tree Rings", "Mystery of the Maize" and "Mystery of the Pheasants"

Presenters | South Dakota Festival of Books

Arthur Rusch; SD Native, graduate of USD School Law; practiced law for 22 years in Vermillion; served 4 terms as States Attorney; sat on South Dakota Supreme Court; wrote "County Capitols: The Courthouses of South Dakota"

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Lynwood Oyos, professor emeritus of History at Augustana College; latest book, "Reveille for Sioux Falls: A World War II Army Air Forces Technical School Changes a South Dakota City"

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Tom Roberts, from Ipswitch/ Aberdeen; resides in Sioux Falls; produced book "‘Twas the Night Before Christ" as a fundraiser for Children’s Home Society in 2002

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Ron Parsons, Sioux Falls; author of "The Sense of Touch"

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Donald Montileaux; born in Pine Ridge; member of Oglala Sioux Tribe; graduated from Rapid City; attended BH State College; interned under Oscar Howe at USD; member of SD Hall of Fame; wrote "Tasunka"

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Matthew Moen, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Lohre Distinguished Professor and Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota; published six academic books before he strayed into the world of humorous cat tales with 2014’s "Dumb Bunnies and Expecting Cats"

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John E. Miller, professor emeritus of history at South Dakota State University; author of "Looking for History on Highway 14" and "Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman Behind the Legend"

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Kevin Locke; graduate of USD; best known for his hoop dance, The Hoop of Life; wrote "Lakota Hoop Dancer" and "Real Dakota! About Dakota by Dakotans!"; music recordings include "Dream Katcher' and "The Flood and Other Lakota Stories"

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Marilyn Kratz, Yankton, SD; wrote "Feed Sack Dresses and Wild Plum Jam"; named South Dakota Council of Teachers of English Author of the Year for 2014

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