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6-12 Book-Signing: Steven Wingate’s South Dakota-based Novel, “The Leave-Takers”

June 12, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


DDR Books is thrilled to host seven authors with South Dakota ties for book signings this summer. Find the Calendar of Events on our website (ddrbooks.com), Twitter (@ddrbooks), Facebook (DDR Books), Instagram (DDR Books), and sign up for our email newsletter at ddrbooks@wat.midco.net.

Order your books in advance by calling us at 605.878.0418, emailing ddrbooks@wat.midco.net, or stopping in the store. Hours are M-F 10-5:30 & Sat 10-4. All events will take place at DDR Books, 7 S. Maple, Watertown.


Sat., JUNE 12          1-2:30p       STEVEN WINGATE       The Leave-Takers

Sat., JUNE 19           2-3:30p      TRACY GILLES       Universal Intelligence

Sat., JUNE 26           1-2:30p       GREG REDLIN       White Hawk

Wed., JUNE 30        7-9p              LILITA ZVEJNIEKS HARDES       Biruta’s Story: A Memoir of Home, War and Finding Refuge

Wed., JULY 7           7-9p              STEPHEN HEIDENREICH       Running to Win: Strategies to Triumph in Record Time

Sat., AUGUST 7      1-2:30p          PEN PEARSON       Bloomsbury’s Late Rose

Our next guest author will be Steven Wingate. He will be presenting his new novel, The Leave-Takers, a journey through personal darkness to mutually shared light, set against a starkly beautiful backdrop that leaves nowhere to hide.

Four years ago, Jacob Nassedrine from Boston and Laynie Jackman from Los Angeles came within an inch of getting married before things blew apart. They never expected that fate would hurl them back together in a windblown, isolated house on the plains of South Dakota, but that’s where they end up fighting for the future of their relationship—and for their own emotional survival—amid a minefield of ghosts.

After suffering the loss of both their families, they must unite to face the great crises of their lives: grief and guilt over their dead loved ones, low-level but persistent addictions to prescription drugs, the specter of familial violence, and recurrent miscarriages. Together they battle their way through the wilderness of their demons to forge sustainable identities that allow them to create a family.

Steven Wingate is the author of the novels The Leave-Takers (2021) and Of Fathers and Fire (2019), both part of the Flyover Fiction Series from the University of Nebraska Press, and the short-story collection Wifeshopping (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008). He is an associate professor at South Dakota State University.

Be sure to check back after each signing for the details of the next event. DDR Books kindly asks that patrons wear face masks for everyone’s safety, and social distancing will be implemented. All CDC recommendations will be followed. Refreshments will be provided.


June 12, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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