Wordsworth: Upon Westminster Bridge
September 20, 2014 – 9:29 am | No Comment

By Steve King, Today In Literature
In September, 1802, William Wordsworth completed the sonnet, “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge,” one of his best known short poems. The actual moment on the bridge had come a month earlier, …

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Peter Heller: And I Asked Her to Marry Me
September 7, 2014 – 9:22 am | No Comment

Road Trips for Readers asks one question to authors who are attending the South Dakota Festival of Books each year. This year, we asked, “What is your favorite road trip you ever took?” We’ll be posting their answers as soon as they get back to us.

vw_vanagon_silver_1985The best road trip I ever took–and I used to live out of the back of a Toyota pickup–was a surf odyssey down the coast of Mexico in a 1985 Vanagon.  What made it so interesting was that I had never really surfed.  And the Beast was always threatening to die.  And there were flares and boat motors and drug drops in the middle of the night on the remotest points in Baja.  And I asked a woman I loved to come with me and she was terrified of sand fleas and sun, but terrifically brave in the surf and everywhere else.  And I asked her to marry me right after I asked her if she wanted to take a break and go stay in a nice hotel (she was in a Yes frame of mind).  And she said Yes!

So we went snorkeling in the Sea of Cortez and asked the boat captain to marry us and he took it with great dignity and honor and joined our hands and poured seawater over them.  And we met Leonel Perez in Zihuatanejo, the master surf champion of Mexico, and he took us in like family and taught us.  And in the end, after six months, we both surfed a fast, hollow, twelve foot wave in southern Oaxaca.  That was a great road trip.

HellerPeter_000By Peter Heller, author of The Painter

From South Dakota Festival of Books: A longtime contributor to NPR, Outside magazine, Men’s Journal and National Geographic Adventure, Peter Heller is an award-winning adventure writer who has held various positions as logger, fisherman, kayak instructor, construction worker and river guide. Winner of the Michener fellowship, he received an MFA in both fiction and poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Heller published four works of literary nonfiction, including Kook: What Surfing Taught Me about Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award for Literature. His first novel, The Dog Stars, hit a dozen best book lists and became an international bestseller, and his second, The Painter, was published in May.

Sandra Brannan: Two Trips with Someone You Love
September 6, 2014 – 6:02 pm | One Comment
Sandra Brannan: Two Trips with Someone You Love

Road Trips for Readers asks one question to authors who are attending the South Dakota Festival of Books each year. This year, we asked, “What is your favorite road trip you ever took?” We’ll be …

Lawrence Diggs: Travel for Novel-Worthy Narratives
September 4, 2014 – 12:19 pm | No Comment
Lawrence Diggs: Travel for Novel-Worthy Narratives

Road Trips for Readers asks one question to authors who are attending the South Dakota Festival of Books each year. This year, we asked, “What is your favorite road trip you ever took?” We’ll …

Larry Watson: Spectacular Prairie Sunset
September 4, 2014 – 10:42 am | One Comment
Larry Watson: Spectacular Prairie Sunset

Road Trips for Readers asks one question to authors who are attending the South Dakota Festival of Books each year. This year, we asked, “What is your favorite road trip you ever took?” We’ll …

Sharon Chmielarz: Dared to Explore
September 3, 2014 – 3:46 pm | No Comment
Sharon Chmielarz: Dared to Explore

Road Trips for Readers asks one question to authors who are attending the South Dakota Festival of Books each year. This year, we asked, “What is your favorite road trip you ever took?” We’ll …

Avi: Never Had a Better Trip
September 2, 2014 – 12:20 pm | No Comment
Avi: Never Had a Better Trip

Road Trips for Readers asks one question to authors who are attending the South Dakota Festival of Books each year. This year, we asked, “What is your favorite road trip you ever took?” We’ll …

Sam Kean: Nowhere I’d Rather Have Been
September 1, 2014 – 9:36 am | No Comment
Sam Kean: Nowhere I’d Rather Have Been

Road Trips for Readers asks one question to authors who are attending the South Dakota Festival of Books each year. This year, we asked, “What is your favorite road trip you ever took?” We’ll …

Lane Dolly: How Did I Get Here?
August 30, 2014 – 11:25 am | No Comment
Lane Dolly: How Did I Get Here?

Road Trips for Readers asks one question to authors who are attending the South Dakota Festival of Books each year. This year, we asked, “What is your favorite road trip you ever took?” We’ll …

Holiday Gift Ideas 2013
December 8, 2013 – 2:45 pm | No Comment
Holiday Gift Ideas 2013

It’s time for our annual list of holiday gift ideas for the readers in your life! Enjoy!
Author Dolls 
 
This Etsy shop offers over 180 different author dolls! They’re darling and affordable. Get James Joyce, Gene …

Allison Lynn: Will the Squirrels Help?
September 13, 2013 – 8:32 am | No Comment
Allison Lynn: Will the Squirrels Help?

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
I’m a creature of habit, so my favorite place to write is at my own desk …

Michael Dahlie: Dark Basements
September 9, 2013 – 7:43 pm | No Comment
Michael Dahlie: Dark Basements

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
Where do you like to write, Michael Dahlie?
My favorite place to write is any dark basement.
SDBookFestival.com …

Danielle Sosin: Writing in a Rarified World
September 9, 2013 – 7:36 pm | No Comment
Danielle Sosin: Writing in a Rarified World

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
My favorite place to write is in the rarified world of an art colony. It is …

Peter Heller: Unlimited Caffeine
September 8, 2013 – 7:03 pm | No Comment
Peter Heller: Unlimited Caffeine

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
I write in my neighborhood coffee shop, in Denver.  I like the hubbub, the noise, etc.  …

Andrew Nikiforuk: Writing in a Dark Corner
September 8, 2013 – 6:55 pm | No Comment
Andrew Nikiforuk: Writing in a Dark Corner

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
Where do you like to write?
My favorite place is the dark corner of a room away …

Brian Fagan: In the Company of Congenial People
September 8, 2013 – 11:06 am | No Comment
Brian Fagan: In the Company of Congenial People

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
Where do you like to write?
Any place where I’m in the company of congenial people with …

B.A. Shapiro: Overlooking Boston
September 8, 2013 – 10:56 am | No Comment
B.A. Shapiro: Overlooking Boston

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
Where do you like to write?
My favorite place to write is in my tiny study at …

Mary Cassanova: Being Near Nature
September 8, 2013 – 10:44 am | No Comment
Mary Cassanova: Being Near Nature

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
My favorite place to write? Two favorites! I love to write from the yellow Adirondack chair …

Cast of “Longmire” Series to Attend Longmire Days in Buffalo, Wyoming
July 31, 2013 – 6:31 pm | No Comment
Cast of “Longmire” Series to Attend Longmire Days in Buffalo, Wyoming

BUFFALO, W.Y. — A&E’s No. 1 original hit drama series “Longmire” has launched into its second season with more than 4.3 million viewers, the series is one of A&E’s most successful shows to debut. …

Nancy Horan: Soaking In the Atmosphere at Taliesin
October 1, 2012 – 1:07 pm | One Comment
Nancy Horan: Soaking In the Atmosphere at Taliesin

Ms. Horan , do you write on location or on your desk at home?
Yes, I definitely write when I visit the location of a scene from the book I’m working on. In the case …

Wendy McClure: Writing to Defeat the Fear
September 30, 2012 – 9:54 am | No Comment
Wendy McClure: Writing to Defeat the Fear

Where do you write, Wendy?In my office at home, though sometimes I like to take my laptop out to my back porch. I have also written in hotel rooms and I plan on spending …

Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival in Las Vegas: A Real Time Travel Experience
September 8, 2012 – 10:11 am | No Comment
Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival in Las Vegas: A Real Time Travel Experience

Guest Post by Mark Steve
If you want to spend some moments in the scenario of 500 years ago, then there can be no better medium than a renaissance festival. The “Age of Chivalry Renaissance …

Sioux City, Iowa: Introduce Your Kids to Da Vinci
August 29, 2012 – 8:53 pm | No Comment
Sioux City, Iowa: Introduce Your Kids to Da Vinci

By Jennifer Noble
Guest Post
 I went on a recent exploration of the Sioux City Art Center  in Sioux City, Iowa, and had a blast!  I knew there was a Da Vinci exhibit on the way, …

Fish On Kids Books by K. J. Houtman
August 27, 2012 – 5:58 pm | No Comment
Fish On Kids Books by K. J. Houtman

Intended to educate and motivate the five book Fish on Kids book series gets kids inspired to put down the smart phone and pick up the fishing rod.
With a career in the American Sportsfishing …

Five Cities with Book Tours
March 11, 2012 – 4:28 pm | No Comment
Five Cities with Book Tours

Everyone loves a book where the setting is as important as the characters. The Help wouldn’t have been the same if it weren’t in Jackson, Mississippi. The Firm just had to be in Memphis …

Gift Ideas for Readers Who Love Romances
February 11, 2012 – 4:07 pm | No Comment
Gift Ideas for Readers Who Love Romances

Have a friend who is always glued to the latest romance novels? Here’s a list of gift ideas for her for Valentine’s Day!
Personalized Romances – choose from a large list of romantic books, and …

Bookthingys – Necessity for Travelers That Read
January 22, 2012 – 5:53 pm | No Comment
Bookthingys – Necessity for Travelers That Read

Sometimes a dust jacket on a new book just gets in the way – especially if you’re traveling. Sharon Kom of Bookthingys.com came up with the perfect solution for travelers – a book cover …