Now that my book is published, I get to spend more time in South Dakota. I was invited to attend the fabulous South Dakota Book Festival in Sioux Falls for a week in late September. The festival ran for five days and forty-seven authors presented and signed. Of those, five of us were children's book authors: Sherman Alexie, Gary Schmidt, Lisa Yee, S.D. Nelson and me. Some company!
I had thought that everyone in South Dakota would know the story of Lincoln Borglum that I wrote about in Hanging Off Jefferson's Nose, but I was delighted that few actually did, so I got to tell it. To South Dakotans, Mount Rushmore is like the barbecue in the back yard--it is just there.
I had a blast and hope to be invited back next year when the festival will be held in Deadwood.