Local Authors Meet & Greet

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November 03 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Yankton Community Library
515 Walnut Street
Yankton, SD 57078
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(605) 668-5275

Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come and meet local authors at the Yankton Community Library! Books will be available for sale and signing. This is a great opportunity to shop local and get ahead of shopping for your holiday gifts! Light refreshments will be provided.

Featured Authors of this event are:

Mike Snow, featuring his book Oh Holy Night: The Peace of 1914. Mike Snow is a graduate of the University of South Dakota, class of 1970. He was part of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1970-1973 and the National Park Service: ROMO, ROMO W., and Death Valley from 1974-1983. Snow is currently a family farmer.

Jeanie Stibral of the collective pseudonym J.J.C. Mueller. Jeanie, along with her two sisters Joyce Lane and Carol Schatz are the authors of the children's book The Adventures of the Murphy Twins, based on adventures that really happened!

Christine Mager Wevik lives on a farm in southeast South Dakota with her husband, Doug (the other Clint Eastwood) and her dog, Livie. She’s mother to 4 and grandmother to 4. She is the author of It’s Only Hair, a humorous, self-help book about living and coping with hair loss, and Vacant Eyes, an award-winning novel. Ms. Wevik is also published in C. Hope Clark’s Funds for Writers, a nationally recognized newsletter for writers, and The Link, a quarterly magazine for the American Hair Loss Council. You can also find Christine Mager Wevik on Facebook and Twitter.

Peter Talley, at various times in his life, has worked as a high school speech team coach, newspaper advertiser, hospital emergency manager, investigator, and funeral home assistant. Born in Ohio, grew up in Iowa, and spent the majority of his time working in Nebraska. He currently resides in Hartington with his wife and son. Peter enjoys writing short fiction and is busy at work on a series of urban fantasy novels.

Loretta Sorensen is a wife, mother of two daughters, has two son-in-laws and three adorable grandchildren. Beginning in 1984 she enjoyed freelance writing as a hobby and has been writing fulltime as a freelancer since 2006. She has produced feature articles for regional metropolitan publications as a hobby since 1986, was raised on a small farm near Mitchell, SD, and began her freelance journalist career in August 2006. She currently produces copy for agricultural magazines that include Progressive Farmer(Alabama), Dakota Farmer(North and South Dakota), Progressive Forage/Progressive Cattlemen(Idaho), Working Ranch Magazine(Nevada) and publications in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and more. She also writes for the quarry industry(Pit & Quarry/Ohio), vintage farm equipment (Farm Collector/Kansas) and produces a variety of articles for the Yankton Press and Dakotan and Her Voice. At their July 2016 Annual Ag Media Summit held in St. Louis, the American Agricultural Editors’ Association (AAEA) presented Yankton journalist Loretta Sorensen with a Master Writer Program Certificate, recognizing her excellence in agricultural journalism. The Master Writer Program is sponsored by the American Agricultural Editors’ Association through funding provided by Syngenta. Sorensen has held an AAEA membership for the past three years. Sorensen and her husband, Alan, enjoy raising and working Belgian draft horses ontheir acreage outside Yankton. Loretta enjoys reading, writing and volunteering in her community. She and her husband are also active in their local church and local prison ministries, serving on the Board of Directors for Stephen’s House, a Yankton re-entry option for men coming out of South Dakota state prisons. Sorensen is also the author of two books: Kernels of Corn History (co-authored with Steve Kenkel) and Secrets to Baking Your Best Bread Ever. She has also assisted 15 authors self-publish their own works.

Rosemarie Ross is a pseudonym of multi-published in multi-genres author, Rose Ross Zediker. Rose writes cozy mystery novels, contemporary and historical inspirational romance novels, and has hundreds of publishing credits in the Christian magazine genre for children and adults. Her titles have appeared on ECPA bestseller lists and been finalists for the RITA, National Reader’s Choice, Booksellers Best and Book Buyers Best award contests.

Norma C. Wilson’s writing has taken her full circle from poetry to literary analysis and back. Her books include Wild Iris (poems, 1978), The Nature of Native American Poetry (2001), Under the Rainbow: Poems from Mojácar (2012), Rivers, Wings & Sky with visual artist Nancy Losacker and Frog Creek Road (2019). She and her husband, Jerry Wilson, co-wrote the film script for South Dakota: A Meeting of Cultures (1985). She co-edited One-Room Country School: South Dakota Stories (1999) with Charles Woodard and edited Memory, Echo, Words, a poetry anthology (2014). After completing a PhD in English at the University of Oklahoma, Wilson joined the University of South Dakota English faculty in 1978. Upon retirement in 2005, she was named Professor Emerita. Wilson received USD's Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001 and presented the College of Arts and Science's Harrington Lecture in 2004. With Nancy Losacker, she received a 2013-14 grant from the South Dakota Arts Council for their collaborative exhibit, Rivers, Wings, and Sky. Through the sponsorship of Yankton Area Arts, Wilson and Losacker were awarded a 2014 Media Grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council to develop presentations on their exhibit. Rivers, Wings & Sky was featured in eight galleries in North and South Dakota, and Iowa. Publishers of Norma's poetry include South Dakota Magazine, Paddlefish, Prairie Fire, Caduceus, South Dakota Review, Village Books Press the South Dakota State Poetry Society and Scurfpea Publishing. Wilson is a member of the Women Poets Collective. She serves as Secretary on South Dakota State Poetry Society's board of directors. She and her husband, Jerry Wilson, live in a geo-solar house they built above the Missouri River valley in rural Vermillion, South Dakota. There they work to conserve the nature that remains. Norma will read from her new book Frog Creek Road at the 2019 South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood.

Marilyn Kratz, Yankton, has had over 800 stories, articles, newspaper columns, and poems published in children’s and general interest magazines and anthologies. She has had six books published and will be offering four for sale. They include “WNAX 570 Radio, 1922-2007,” a pictorial history of the radio station that was an important part of the history of the Northern Plains; “Umpire in a Skirt,” the story of Amanda Clement, a girl from Hudson, South Dakota, who became the first paid woman baseball umpire in 1904; and two collections of the columns about growing up rural that she writes for the Yankton County Observer weekly newspaper. They are titled “Feed Sack Dresses and Wild Plum Jam” and “Quilts and Country Gardens.” Kratz taught elementary grades for 31 years, mostly in the Yankton School District. She has presented writing workshops and been a speaker at regional, state, and national writing conferences. She was chosen by the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English as “Author of the Year” for 2013. Kratz and her husband Ernest (Bud), who is also retired, reside in Yankton. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Jerry Wilson. After teaching literature and writing at Mount Marty College and other colleges and universities, and serving as managing editor of South Dakota Magazine, Jerry Wilson turned to writing books. Jerry’s newest novel, Eden to Orizaba, revolves around the struggles of immigrants and what drives them to cross the US-Mexico border. His other books include two eco-memoirs, Seasons of the Coyote: A Year on Prairie Bluff, and Waiting for Coyote’s Call; a historical novel set in his native Oklahoma, Across the Cimarron; a collection of short stories, Blackjacks and Blue Devils; and a narrative of his 5,000 mile journey down the Panama American Highway, American Artery.

Dennis Daum will be featuring his book Vietnam Wounded Marine. Bio: I grew up on a farm in northeastern Nebraska near the town of Pilger, Nebraska. In 1966 after graduating high school I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. In 1967 I received orders to go to Viet Nam and became part of Kilo Company 3rd Battalion 1st Marines. We were a Special Operations Battalion that operated in the DMZ area of Viet Nam. After the Marine Corps I graduated from Wayne State College. I then started working as a park ranger for the National Park Service at Lincoln Home Historical site Springfield, Illinois. I later transferred to the Army Corps of Engineers as a park ranger and retired seven years ago at Gavin’s Point Dam with 38 years of federal service. After retirement I started to write my book, Viet Nam Wounded Marine, I tell of my time in the Marine Corps from boot camp to Viet Nam and tell in detail of the day I was shot seven times and how I survived a very bad day.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


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