How To View 2020 DVBF Programs


The 2020 Deep Valley Book Festival included both live programs and pre-recorded programs. Click on the program title to view.

Keynote Speaker: Matt Goldman

A conversation with award-winning author, Matt Goldman on his life, his writing, and his books. Interview with Rachael Hanel

Exclusive with Matt Goldman - October 3, 2020

An intimate conversation with award-winning author, Matt Goldman. Moderator: Rachael Hanel

Behind the Scenes - Fiction Writers Panel

Fiction writers discuss the writing process, from idea conception to publication. Topics of discussion include looking for ideas, working from an outline (or not), and deciding when the time is right to publish. Panelists: Sara Biren, Raven Eckman, Kiersten Hall, Emma Lydia Niebuhr, and Susan Stradiotto. Moderator: Chelsea Farr

Writing the Truth - Nonfiction and Memoir Writers Panel

Nonfiction and memoir writers discuss writing about real events and people, and some of the unique challenges posed by writing real stories. Panelists: Christine Bauer, Phyllis Cole-Dai, Mary Losure, Joy Riggs, Jonathan Sweet. Moderator: Rachael Hanel

It's a Mystery to Me - Mystery Writers Panel

Mystery writers discuss how they craft a compelling mystery story and where their inspiration comes from. Panelists: Amy Gregg, Julie Holmes, and Brian Lutterman. Moderator: Chris Norbury

The Art of Illustration - Illustrator Panel 

Illustrators speak about their work creating picture books or art that accompany the written word. Panelists: Ingrid Kallick, Eileen Rudisill Miller, Kayla Olson-Surface. Moderator: Ann Rosenquist Fee

Writing History - History Writers Panel

History provides rich fodder for stories, both real and fictionalized. These authors will discuss how they use history as the basis for their writing. Panelists: Susan Hvistendahl, Terri Karsten, Joy Riggs, Bryce Stenzel, Dale Swanson. Moderator: Danelle Erickson

Not Quite a Kid, Not Quite an Adult - Young Adult Writers Panel

Writers for the young adult audience discuss the unique characteristics that distinguish young adult fiction from adult fiction, and some of the topics that appeal to today's audiences. Panelists: Jerry Hines, Margi Preus, Kathryn Sullivan, Selma P. Verde. Moderator: Kirstin Cronn-Mills and Rebecca Fjelland Davis

Minnesota Writes: Minnesota Authors from the Past panel

Minnesota authors portrayed by living history actors discuss “their” books in their own words taken from past interviews and articles. Panelists: Wanda Gag (Amy Larsen), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Michael Koester), Sinclair Lewis (Lucas Youngerberg), Maud Hart Lovelace (Christina Koester) and Laura Ingalls Wilder (Cynthia Ladd). Moderator: Rachael Hanel This video was recorded at the 2018 DVBF. 

Writing for Young Minds: Children's Book Writers panel

Children’s writers discuss how they craft stories for young readers and the difficult work in conveying a message in few, simple words. Panelists: Anika Fajardo, Linda Miller, Terri Karsten, Thea Kvamme, A.J. Sullivan. Moderator: Kiersten Hall

The Road to Publishing

As the world goes digital, new paths are opening to writers seeking an authorial career. Hear from authors who have chosen to self-publish or traditionally publish and why they chose that path and what opportunities exist. Panelists: T. Aaron Cisco, Phyllis Cole-Dai, Chris Norbury, Dale Swanson, Jonathan Sweet. Moderator: Rachael Hanel

Imagination Goes Wild - Fantasy & Sci-Fi Writers panel

Fantasy and sci-fi writers rely heavily on their imaginations to create settings that are out of this world. Panelists discuss what it takes to write highly imaginative stories. Panelists: T. Aaron Cisco, and Kathryn Sullivan. Moderator: Kiersten Hall

LIVE Q & A with Festival Authors - October 3, 2020

Deep Valley Book Festival authors answer audience questions about the writing process, the path to publication, and the writing life. Panelists: Christine Bauer, T. Aaron Cisco, Phyllis Cole-Dai, Anika Fajardo, Mary Losure, Brian Lutterman, Marty Meyer-Gad, Linda Miller, Chris Norbury, Kathryn Sullivan. Moderator: Rachael Hanel

LIVE Q & A with Festival Authors - October 4, 2020

Deep Valley Book Festival authors will be available to answer audience questions about the writing process, the path to publication, and the writing life. Panelists: Raven Eckman, Julie Holmes, Terri Karsten, Thea Kvamme, Margi Preus, Joy Riggs, Bryce Stenzel, Dale Swanson, Susan Stradiotto, A.J. Sullivan. Moderator: Rachael Hanel

Deep Valley Young Writer & Artist Competition Awards

More than 40 young writers and artists ages 7-18 entered this year’s competition. Cash awards were given for first, second, and third place in five different age categories for both writers and artists. View the 2020 YWAC Anthology. MC/Judges: Rachael Hanel, Kirstin Cronn-Mills, Melanie Cashin, Ann Fee, and John David Paul.

Children's Programs

JELLYBEANS - Reading by Kiersten Hall, author

Thirty-five jellybeans have come together to share a sweet and thoughtful poem about kindness and inclusivity with children, ages 0 to 6 years. Join in their adventure as they celebrate their unique qualities, together and as friends.

Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag

Once upon a time, there was an old man and an old woman who were very lonely. They decided to get a cat, but when the old man went out searching, he found not one cat, but millions and billions and trillions of cats! Unable to decide which one would be the best pet, he brought them all home. How the old couple came to have just one cat to call their own is a classic tale that has been loved for generations. Reading presented by the Wanda Gag Association

Everything Pudding from Betsy, Tacy & Tib by Maud Hart Lovelace

While Betsy’s parents are away, she and her friends Tacy and Tib decide to make something they call "Everything Pudding". They throw everything they can find into one pan resulting in an inedible disaster. Reading presented by Nancy Downing, Michelle Giorlando, Harshi Hettige, and Daozhong Jin, Jennifer Davis-Kay and Barb Fectau from the Betsy-Tacy Society.

Making Paper Helicopters

Through some folding, a bit of glue, and a pen to curl the ends, learn how to make paper helicopters that spin when dropped from the top of your head. Presented by the Blue Earth County Historical Society

Grandpa and Lucy - Reading by Edie Weinstein, author

Grandpa and Lucy is about a young girl who learns her grandfather has dementia.  She learns how to best communicate with him while still finding joy in their relationship.

The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown by Mac Barnett 

Jenny from the Blue Earth County Library reads a book about the famous children's book author Margaret Wise Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny. Jenny also reads the Big Red Barn.

Legend of Goshado: A Japanese Folktale - Reading by Terri Karsten, author

The Namahage demons come stomping and roaring down from the mountain to steal chickens and children. How will the villagers ever stop them?

The Monster Dog Book Series - Reading by Carmen Tribbett, author

Carmen Tribbett reads a few pages from each of her 4 books in The Monster Dog book series. The books are written in 'first dog.'  Three of the books are for storytime and bedtime. The book in which Tasse (the Monster Dog) learns about Alzheimer's Disease is designed to teach children about the illness through a thoughtful perspective.

Halloween Stories - Readings for the Deep Valley Book Festival by Jennifer Jensen from Crazy 4 Halloween magazine Coming live from the cauldron, Jenny the Halloween Witch, invites you to join her while she brews up a collection of books to celebrate the Halloween season! Jenny will read four Halloween children’s books from her spooky witches lair. Scary, Scary Halloween written by Eve Bunting will be a sweet treat. Then the Ten Timid Ghosts written by Jennifer O’Connell will surely be ghostly. Room on the Broom written by Julia Donaldson will have all the witches cheering. The spookiest yet funniest Halloween book, Skeleton Hiccups written by Margery Cuyler, should tickle your bones with laughter. Halloween atmosphere, Halloween books, and Halloween fun!  

Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O'Connell
Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler
Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

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