Library to showcase SD authors

South Dakota authors have been invited to speak and share their stories during a free showcase from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 25.

Books written by South Dakota authors — including three from Huron — will be on display at the library and available for purchase at the event.

A light lunch will be provided.

The schedule for the showcase is as follows:

Dennis Olson, 10:05 a.m.
Ride along with Dennis as he takes you on his bicycle ride from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic. Starting with a goal set years before the ride, Dennis shares his experiences and the innovative things he did during his 4,332-mile journey to help him reach his goal one mile at a time. Dennis currently lives in Huron, South Dakota.

Sallianne Hines, 10:25 a.m.
Sallianne is a great fan of all things Austen. And Tolkien, Mary Stolz, Georgette Heyer, Marie Kondo, and many more. Sallianne is a lifelong horsewoman, mother of three, grandmother of eight, and shares her home with a boss cat and two dogs. They all live in a little house on the prairie. Really. Website:

Denise Heisinger, 10:45 a.m.
Denise has been teaching elementary school for over 35 years. During her career, she always wanted to make reading fun for kids. As this was a passion for her, she decided to become a children’s author of two amazing books. Website:

James A W Schmidt, 11:20 a.m.
James grew up on a farm near Wessington Springs. After high school, he enlisted in the service for four years and served in Vietnam. His future wife came into his life while he was stationed in Long Beach, California, and after he left the service they married. They were together for 36 happy years until her death in 2009.

MJ Ulmer, 11:40 p.m.
MJ answered the call (in her 40s) to begin writing the stories that were laid on her heart. With an ambition to help others find hope and encouragement through her writings, MJ strives to pair real-life struggles with the unending promise of God to heal, redeem and restore what is lost or broken. Born and raised in southeast South Dakota, MJ still resides there with her family. Website:

Christine Mager Wevik, 12:20 p.m.
Christine is the author of four books. Her newest book, (June release) Someone Knows, is a non-fiction highlighting 52 of South Dakota’s many cold cases. Christine, mother of four and grandmother of four, lives in southeast South Dakota with her husband Doug and her dog Livie. Website:

Brenda Donelan, 12:40 p.m.
Brenda Donelan is a life-long resident of South Dakota. She grew up on a cattle ranch in Stanley County, attended college in Brookings, and worked in Aberdeen as a probation officer and later a college professor. She currently makes her home in Pierre. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, bike riding, traveling, and playing with her two cats, Yeti and Wolfie. Website:

Kale Lawrence, 1 p.m.

Since the early age of 6, I knew I either wanted to be an astronaut or an author. Obviously, the astronaut gig didn’t work out, so instead, I turned to fantastic fictional worlds. In addition to books, my writing has been featured on nationwide PBS television programming, NBC newscasts, ABC newscasts, and the Travel Channel. I currently live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with my feisty tortoiseshell calico cat, Emma Bug and sassy Siamese, Seattle Bean. Website:


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