“Wild Deadwood Reads” returns for a fifth year

DEADWOOD, S.D. — More than 80 authors from around the country set up in the Lodge at Deadwood Saturday for “Wild Deadwood Reads,” part of Wild Bill Days.

The fifth annual event attracts authors working in different genres who make a day of setting up, selling and taking the time to chat with fans.

Lifestyle, romance, paranormal — you name it and there was probably a book about it.

While authors came from near and far, many are local. Betty Jo Huff and Robin Carmody met a few years ago working at First Step. They co-authored the “But, Nana” series, which teaches kids about the history of Deadwood, from Friendship Tower to Wild Bill.

“I always wanted to teach kids the history that’s right in their backyard, and in Deadwood we didn’t find very many books on how to bring it down to younger age kids, so we came up with this idea,” Huff says.

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Authors Betty Jo Huff (left) and Robin Carmody (right)

They say it took a while to get their first book written, but that anyone who wants to pursue writing should just give it a try.

“You have a dream, you have something…just go with it, you know?” Huff says. “That’s kind of what I’d want to say.”

In addition to the book fair, there was a raffle with the proceeds benefiting Shiloh Horse Rescue in Deadwood.

“Wild Deadwood Reads” has continued to grow since its inception in 2017, and even though they took a year off in 2020, there’s been no shortage of interest.

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