2012 Books

Just a quick update to let you know what’s on the cards from the SDSHS Press in 2012.

S. D. Nelson’s Greet the Dawn: The Lakota Way is a beautifully illustrated story based no traditional Lakota teaching and belief. Standing Rock Sioux member Nelson has written and illustrated the book in his stunning style.

The Mystery of the Pheasant by Mark Meierhenry and David Volk is the fourth episode for the twins Max and Hannah as they learn about the natural history of South Dakota. In this installment, the twins take part in the annual tradition of Opening Day of pheasant season and get up to their usual tricks and treats!

Historian Paul Hedren has edited the letters and correspondence of Captain Jack Crawford in Ho! for the Black Hills: Captain Jack Crawford Reports the Gold Rush and Great Sioux War. Crawford wrote extensively about the very earliest incursions into the Black Hills for the Omaha Bee newspaper. Hedren’s work on this correspondence brings a wealth of important documentation to the attention of researchers, historians, and those with a general interest in the Black Hills and the Great Sioux War. Write to SDSHS Press, 900 Governors Dr., Pierre SD 57501 or email info@sdshspress.com¬†for a special excerpt of this book.

These 3 books are all set and will come out in 2012. We’ve got a few more in the pipeline that we’re not quite ready to share with you just yet, but we’ll let you know what else is coming as soon as we can!

Is it good to have a banned book?

Just in case you missed the news, which I think might have been tough to do this week, it is Banned Books Week. This celebration of the books that, over the years, have been banned for one reason or another seems to stimulate a lot of discussion. One of the questions that always pops up in my mind, is whether or not it is a good thing to have a banned book? If you can shout proudly from the rooftops that one of the books you published was banned does it mean more people will listen to you?

In other news, our new catalogue is with the printer and should be in our hands by early next week and winging its way to you a little bit later. We’ve added seven new books to our list and converted another four books to ebook format for all those who prefer to read electronically. One of those new books is our first chapbook, Why We Love History, which just arrived in the warehouse last week. For $3.00 you get a fascinating little book packed with interesting perspectives on what makes history so interesting.

We’re expecting another piece to arrive from the printer tomorrow sometime. The piece in question is a Special Excerpt from the forthcoming Ho! for the Black Hills: Captain Jack Crawford Reports the Gold Rush and the Great Sioux War edited by Paul L. Hedren. This little 12-page excerpt is a giveaway that we’ll be handing out at tradeshows, conferences, and anywhere else we might see readers! So, if you are attending anything that we are stop by and say hello.