Are you still writing?

We’re only half-way through NaNoWriMo, friends – you can do it!
Don’t forget our prize package: anyone checking in at the VPL, or posting pics of themselves writing at the VPL, during the month of November will be entered to win a writer’s prize pack which includes 2 beautiful blank journals donated by Pressing Matters, a $5 gift certificate for The Bean, and ‘A Book that Takes its Time’, by Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. Every November, thousands of writers around the world congregate at Come Write In spaces to pursue their creative dreams and write the first draft of their novel. What better place to settle into the creative task than in one of our comfy chairs in front of the fireplace? You can even bring your latte.

Writers Group is Open to You

The Vermillion Community Writers Group, sponsored by the Vermillion Literary Project, happens at the Library on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month. This small, informal group meets to support one another’s writing efforts, and anyone is welcome! 6-8 pm in the South Dakota Room.

March Artists & Authors presentation

The VPL’s Artist & Authors series will host author and poet Frank Pommersheim on Tuesday, March 14th at 7 pm. This presentation is free and open to the public, and takes place in the Kozak Community Room.

Pommersheim writes extensively in the field of Indian law.  He is the author of Braid of Feathers (American Indian Law and Contemporary Tribal Life), Broken Landscape: Indians, Indian Tribes, and the Constitution, more than 40 law review articles, and more than 125 judicial opinions.  His newest book entitled Tribal Justice: 25 Years as a Tribal Appellate Justice came out in 2015.

Professor Pommersheim has received the University of South Dakota Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching, the South Dakota Peace and Justice Center Reconciliation Award, and the John Wesley Jackson Award as the Outstanding Professor of Law.  He has also been nominated for the University of South Dakota President’s Award for Research Excellence. In the fall of 2016, Frank received the Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities Award from the SD Humanities Council.

Frank is also a poet.  His most recent chapbook is Local Memory and Karma (The Buddha Correspondence, Vol. 2).

February Artists & Authors

February’s Artists & Authors series brings author Travis Gulbrandson to the Library to discuss his recently published novel, “A Marble Heart”.

“A Marble Heart” tells the true story of Julia Anna Baker, who ran children’s homes across the Midwest for personal financial gain in the early part of the 20th century. Baker traveled the country proselytizing for and collecting money in the name of “home conserving.” The children who came under her care, however, were subject to filthy living conditions, insufficient food and, in some cases, physical abuse.

The book was inspired by a photograph found in a Sioux Falls antique store. “A Marble Heart” is the culmination of more than two years of historical research, and utilizes such real-world figures as Baker herself, Kansas City politicians and a preacher who claimed to be the reincarnation of the prophet Elijah.

Gulbrandson is previously the author of two novels, “The Believers” and “Away from the Nets,” and “Face to Face,” a collection of short stories. He worked as a newspaper reporter for more than a decade, including publications at Pierre, Yankton and Vermillion. During that time his work was recognized by the South Dakota Newspaper Association and the Associated Press.

Attention Writers!

Are you a writer looking to get published?
Don’t miss this great opportunity to work with an award-winning author & poet, for FREE!

On Saturday, October 1st from 2 -4 pm, the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is proud to host the Writer’s Workshop: Get Published Now, with Jim Reese. “Get Published Now” is a hybrid writing workshop where participants spend time generating ideas and discussing real methods on how to get published in today’s market. The Writer’s Workshop features an informal conversation with an award-winning working writer / editor / publisher discussing craft, publishing and the writing life.

“Jim Reese … He’s our Mark Twain of this century … Jim writes about the everyday experience, and he, in my view, is therefore America’s poet.”
—Grace Cavalieri, from the Poet and the Poem at the Library of Congress

Jim Reese is an Associate Professor of English; Director of the Great Plains Writers’ Tour at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota; and Editor-in-Chief of 4 PM Count. Reese’s poetry and prose have been widely published, and he has performed readings at venues throughout the country, including the Library of Congress and San Quentin Prison. His third book Really Happy was published by New York Quarterly Books in 2014.

In 2015 Reese received an Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, and in 2012 a Distinguished Public Service Award in recognition of his exemplary dedication and contributions to the Education Department at the Yankton Federal Prison Camp. Since 2008 Reese has been one of six artists-in-residence throughout the country who are part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ interagency initiative with the Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons.

This workshop is generously supported by the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library organization. The workshop is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please call to reserve your spot. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion. For more information call the Library at 605-677-7060.

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Artists & Authors Returns with noted Author visit

Patrick Hicks is the author of over ten books, including The Collector of Names, Adoptable, and This London. He will appear at the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library to read from his newest novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, on Tuesday, September 13th, at 7 pm.

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His work has appeared in such journals and magazines as Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Salon, Chronicle of Higher Education, Commonweal, Christian Science Monitor, The London Magazine, Huffington Post, The Utne Reader, and many others. He has been nominated seven times for the Pushcart Prize, he was recently a finalist for the High Plains Book Award, the Dzanc Short Story Collection Competition, and the Gival Press Novel Award. His poetry has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, The PBS Newshour, and his work with PBS’s “Over South Dakota” was nominated for an Emmy. His first novel held company among only 20 books selected for National Reading Group Month and it was listed as a Top Pick for First Year College Programs. A winner of the Glimmer Train Fiction Award, he is also the recipient of a number of grants and fellowships, including awards from the Bush Artist Foundation, the South Dakota Arts Council, the Loft Literary Center, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

A dual-citizen of Ireland and America, he is the Writer-in-Residence at Augustana University as well as a faculty member at the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College. He has lived in Northern Ireland, England, Germany, and Spain, but has returned to his Midwestern roots. When not writing, he enjoys watching thunderstorms roll across the prairie with his British wife and he is a sucker for playing in the backyard with his seven-year-old son, who was adopted from South Korea. Light saber battles happen in their house all the time—there are a lot of scorch marks in the living room.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Arrive early for best seating.

Edie’s Book Shop

will be open to the public once each month, beginning next weekend!

Stop by and shop for fantastic literary finds on Friday, September 9th or 10th, from 10 am to 4 pm.  You won’t believe the selection and the deals.  Plus, the whole shop has been updated!  You’re sure to find something you’ll love.  The shop will also be open on the following dates this Fall:

October 14 & 15
November 4 & 5
December 2 & 3

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Writer’s Group meets at Library

Did you know that the VLP Writer’s Group meet at the library every 1st & 3rd Monday evening? This informal group meets to support one another in their writing efforts. Tonight’s meeting takes place in the Small Conference Room.

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Last Artists & Authors presentation of the season

Poet and teacher Lindy Obach will visit the library to share her work with the public on Tuesday, May 10th, at 7 pm.

Lindy Obach was raised on the farm her Ukrainian immigrant ancestors established in 1908 in southwest North Dakota and has taught in the USD English department since 2006. Lindy’s poetry has been published in The South Dakota Review, Midwestern Gothic, The Blue Bear Review, Scurfpea Press, (605) Magazine, The Ukrainian Cultural Institute, and more. She has been a teacher-consultant with the Dakota Writing Project since 2007. Lindy loves to plant old-fashioned flowers like hollyhocks and can’t imagine living anywhere other than the Great Plains.
Free and open to the public.

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Edie’s Book Shop in March

It’s time for Edie’s Book Shop Sale once again. Don’t miss your chance to stock up on fabulous book treasures, and support library programming at the same time. It’s a win-win!
Friday, March 4th & Saturday, March 5th, 10 am – 4 pm

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