Kent Meyers, associate professor in the department of humanities at Black Hills State University, will present at the 2008 South Dakota Festival of Books.

Meyers will participate in two panel discussions at this year’s festival.  His first presentation “The Art of Writing Short Stories,” is a fictional panel with Brian Bedard, editor of the South Dakota Review and Ron Carlson, author of eight fiction titles.  The panel will discuss a variety of topics such as: why fiction matters; how authors form stories; and recent trends in fiction. Meyers will focus on the relationship between short fiction and long fiction, specifically in his book releasing next fall, Twisted Tree. He will point out that although it is a novel, it has many similar traits to short fiction in its chapters.

The second discussion is about a non-fiction piece titled “What Should We Read Next”. Meyers will present along with Dr. Azza M. H. El-Kholy, who is currently an advisor for special projects in the director’s office in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and deputy director of the Institute for Peace Studies. The discussion will focus on what they regard as significant writing and literature in the modern world.

The South Dakota Festival of Books will take place Sept. 26-28 in Sioux Falls. Venues for this event are the Holiday Inn City Centre, the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theatre, and the Multi-Cultural Center.  Meyer’s will present “The Art of Writing Short Stories” Saturday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn-Burgundy Room.  His presentation, “What Should We Read Next” will begin at 3 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Orpheum-main theatre that same day.

Meyers received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Morris and earned his master’s degree in English from Washington State University. Meyers joined the BHSU faculty in 1986.