Help a local writer publish his first novel!


Are you interested in contributing very directly to a member of the creative community right here in Sioux Falls? A fantastic opportunity to do so came to our attention last week and we’d like to share it with you!

Sioux Falls writer C.G. Clark is conducting an online campaign to raise the funds needed to self-publish his first novel. The campaign, run on, will fund the 25-year-old author’s publishing, marketing, and distribution costs, as well as offer unique perks to the donor.

A lifetime resident of South Dakota, Clark has been writing and editing his first book for the past four years. Titled “The Humming Blade,” Clark describes it as a fast-paced, high-action fantasy adventure story for all ages. Clark decided to pursue self-publication after becoming frustrated by the difficult nature of traditional publication methods.

“Traditional publishing is an increasingly difficult medium, and there’s no guarantee that you’ll get anything out of it,” Clark said. “You often have to make concessions. There’s no guarantee with this, either, but at least this route lets me do things in a way that leaves me feeling fulfilled.”

Clark’s career as an author began during his time as a student at South Dakota State University. After two years as an English major, Clark decided to leave school in order to dedicate his energies to becoming a full-time writer. He is extremely enthusiastic about the Kickstarter process, and plans to put as much time and energy as he can into it.

Clark is also excited about the prospect of establishing a relationship with his readers before his book is a tangible product. Because Kickstarter projects are entirely crowd-funded, Clark has the chance to find support in the local community and really connect with the people who he’s asking for help.

All of us here at Book Shop & Gifty Things Vintage would like to wish C. G. Clark the best of luck with funding for this novel and with future writing endeavors!

Visit here to learn more about his novel and to help him reach his goal!


You can connect with C. G. Clark on Twitter or at his website.


Smile frozen in the down position? Say Bunky, what you need is a couple of laughs.

Ease on into the Book Shop at 26th and Western and relax while we work on your funny bone.

Keep it real with the musing of George Carlin and the Saderis‘. Get cubic with Scott Adams and Dilbert. Bill Amend lends a light touch to the family scene with FoxTrot. Go way out on the Far Side with Gary Larson, get goofy with Dave Barry and rowdy with Chelsie Handler. Get your cat fix with Garfield and your weird fix with P. J. O’Rouke. Or consider those fine volumes with the waterproof covers from the Bathroom Readers Institute, Uncle John’s Absolutely Absorbing Bathroom Readers.

There’s something here for everyone so there’s something here for you. Order online for home delivery or pickup in the store and start feeling better right away.

What is RSS?

What is RSS?

RSS (Rich Site Summary) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it.

Why RSS? Benefits and Reasons for using RSS

RSS solves a problem for people who regularly use the web. It allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in.

What do I need to do to read an RSS Feed?

Feed Reader or News Aggregator software allow you to grab the RSS feeds from various sites and display them for you to read and use.

A variety of RSS Readers are available for different platforms. Some popular feed readers include Amphetadesk (Windows, Linux, Mac), FeedReader (Windows), and NewsGator (Windows – integrates with Outlook). There are also a number of web-based feed readers available. My YahooBloglines, and Google Reader are popular web-based feed readers.

Once you have your Feed Reader, it is a matter of finding sites that syndicate content and adding their RSS feed to the list of feeds your Feed Reader checks. Many sites display a small icon with the acronyms RSS, XML, or RDF to let you know a feed is available.

Poetry Reading with B.J. Buckley


We are very pleased to announce that we’ll be hosting our first poetry reading since moving to our new location in the Park Ridge Galleria!

The reading will be held in the cozy lower level of Book Shop & Gifty Things Vintage. All are welcome – bring a friend and spend a leisurely afternoon with fellow book lovers!

For more information, take a gander at the Facebook event page here.


Online Shop Launch


We are very excited to announce the launch of our new online store!

Our inventory of books is now online for your browsing and shopping pleasure. We’re able to ship to you if you’re located in the United States or Canada.

Check it out and let us know what you think!