Huron Plainman | Library to showcase SD authors

South Dakota authors were 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 showcase program is as follows:

Dennis Olson, 10:05 a.m.
Ride with Dennis as he takes you on his bike ride from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic. Starting with a goal set years before the race, Dennis shares his experiences and the innovative things he did on 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 huge fan of all things Austen. And Tolkien, Mary Stolz, Georgette Heyer, Marie Kondo and many others. Sallianne is a lifelong equestrian, mother of three, grandmother of eight, and shares her home with a patron 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. Throughout her career, she has always wanted to make reading fun for children. As it 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 leaving the service, they were married. They were together for 36 happy years until his death in 2009.

MJ Ulmer, 11:40 p.m.
MJ answered the call (in his 40s) to start writing the stories he cared about. With the ambition to help others find hope and encouragement through his writings, MJ strives to connect real-life struggles with God’s endless promise to heal, redeem and restore that which is lost or broken. Born and raised in southeastern South Dakota, MJ still resides there with her family. Website:

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

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

Kale Lawrence, 1 p.m.
From the age of 6, I knew I wanted to be an astronaut or an author. Obviously the astronaut gig didn’t work out, so instead I turned to fantasy fictional worlds. In addition to books, my writing has been featured on national PBS television programming, NBC Newscasts, ABC Newscasts, and Travel Channel. I currently live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with my fiery calico tortoiseshell cat, Emma Bug, and my sassy Siamese, Seattle Bean. Website:

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