SONIA MANZANO Visits South Dakota Festival of Books

Posted by South Dakota Public Broadcasting

Brookings – Sept. 25

Sioux Falls – Sept. 26-27

   You’ll find a little piece of  Sesame Street in Brookings and Sioux Falls during the annual South Dakota Festival of Books.

   Sonia Manzano, best known as Maria on the beloved children’s program, is SDPB’s special guest and is one of the authors featured at the four-day celebration of the written word. 

            Manzano presents “Turning Real Life into Fiction” at:

  • The brand-new Young Readers Festival at 11am, Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota in Brookings.

  • The Festival of Books at 10am, Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.

Manzano will talk about her new novel for young adults: “The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano.” During her visit to South Dakota, the TV actress and author also will visit middle schools in Brookings and Sioux Falls.

   The Sept. 25-28 activities, which feature dozens of authors, are a project of the South Dakota Humanities Council.

   Other SDPB activities will include:

  • A booth Sept. 26-27 at the Holiday Inn City Centre in Sioux Falls.

  • A special Dakota Midday program live from the Holiday Inn City Centre at Noon (11 MT) Friday, Sept. 26. Host Karl Gehrke will interview Manzano and authors Dan O’Brien, Karin Slaughter and Joseph Bruchac.

   The Festival of Books featured author is Kathleen Norris, writer of the acclaimed 1993 classic “Dakota: A Spiritual Geography.” “Dakota” is the One Book North and South Dakota this year as the two states celebrate their 125th year.

   Norris recently was interviewed on Dakota Midday as one of the Dakota Midday Book Club featured authors. That interview can be heard on-demand at In addition, SDPB Radio will reveal the four featured authors for next year’s Dakota Midday Book Club at the network booth.

   The annual festival, which alternates between Deadwood and Sioux Falls, gives readers a chance to meet and learn from a variety of authors. This year marks the first Young Readers Festival. For event details, go to


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