2020 One Book Siouxland Revealed

Siouxland Libraries has announced the third annual One Book Siouxland selection: Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone.

Set in Alaska in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, it is described as an “unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience.” The publisher continues, “The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.”

Kirkus Reviews adds, “(Hannah) recreates in magical detail the lives of Alaska's homesteaders in both of the state’s seasons (they really only have two) and is just as specific and authentic in her depiction of the spiritual wounds of post-Vietnam America.”

Copies of The Great Alone are available at all Siouxland Libraries locations. Call any branch or visit www.siouxlandlib.org to reserve a copy.

One Book Siouxland-related events are intended to broaden and deepen an appreciation of reading and bring together friends, families, and neighbors to share their experiences. They include: 

  • Display―War Comes Home: The Legacy, Monday, March 16–April 27, 2020, Downtown Library, 200 North Dakota Avenue, 367-8700.
    These intimate perspectives―from the Civil War era through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq―reveal how war can shape a life, a family, and a community.
  • Silent Witnesses display on domestic violence, Monday, March 30–April 30, 2020. It will travel among Sioux Falls branches weekly with books on the topic.
  • Veteran Panel Discussion, Saturday, March 28, 2020, 2–3 p.m. Oak View Branch, 3700 East Third Street, 367-8060.
    Learn what it means to come home from war, for our veterans and the rest of us.
  • Lure of the North―Experience the Iditarod, Saturday, April 4, 2020, 2–3:30 p.m. The Outdoor Campus, 4500 South Oxbow Avenue, 367-8144.
    See an inspiring documentary featuring Blake and Jennifer Freking, a musher family from Finland, MN, who compete in long distance sled dog races. Blake will then relate their experiences in Alaska, competing in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and living off the grid in northern Minnesota. Registration required.
  • ACE Film Resilience, Thursday, April 16, 2020, 6–8:30 p.m. Downtown Library, 200 North Dakota Avenue, 367-8700.
    The one-hour film delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE). It will be followed by a question-and-answer session led by an ACE presenter. Registration required.
  • Cooking and Preserving Wild Game, Saturday, April 18, 2020, 2–3 p.m., Ronning Branch, 3100 East 49th Street, 367-8140.
    Hope Kleine, Health Education and Food Safety Field Specialist for the SDSU Extension Service, will talk about the best methods to cook and preserve game hunted in South Dakota.
  • Survival Skills, Thursday, April 23, 2020, 7–8:30 p.m., Oak View Branch, 3700 East Third Street.
    Learn about wild edibles, fire-starting, and finding shelter. In partnership with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.
  • Alaska—The Last Frontier with Photographer Marty Dewitt, Thursday, April 30, 2020, 7 8:30 p.m., Downtown Library, 200 North Dakota Avenue
    DeWitt, a photo and wildlife expert, will present a visual introduction to the great Alaskan landscape, including trivia facts and photo tips.   

The Great Alone book discussions will take place:

  • 7–8 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 2020, at the Caille Branch, 4100 South Carnegie Circle.
  • 10–11 a.m. Friday, April 24, 2020, at the Ronning Branch, 3100 East 49th Street.
  • Readers can also join the discussion on Facebook in the One Book Siouxland 2020 group.

All One Book Siouxland programs and events are free and open to the public.

If an ADA accommodation is needed, please contact the Human Relations Office at 605 367 8745 (voice), 605-367-7039 (TTY), or humanrelations@siouxfalls.org at least 72 hours before the event.

For more information, please call Siouxland Libraries Downtown Library (367-8700) or visit www.siouxlandlib.org.

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