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New book planned about prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder

PIERRE (AP) -- The South Dakota State Historical Society is planning a new book about prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder, celebrating the 150th anniversary of her birthday and building on the success of a recent memoir.

PIERRE (AP) - The South Dakota State Historical Society is planning a new book about prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder, celebrating the 150th anniversary of her birthday and building on the success of a recent memoir.

Wilder penned the popular children's series of "Little House on the Prairie" books. The memoir, "Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography," edited by Pamela Smith Hill and published by the society in 2014, became a national best-seller. It is now in its ninth printing, with 165,000 copies in print, and the society is working on a contract with another publishing company to translate it into Japanese.

The next Pioneer Girl Project book will be released in 2017, the 150th anniversary of Wilder's birthday. It will be titled "Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder" and will be a collection of essays by Wilder scholars and historians. Historical Society Press Director Nancy Tystad Koupal will edit the book.

"Readers want to know more about Wilder and her creative process," Koupal said. "This book will gather important voices on topics like Wilder's collaboration with her daughter Rose Wilder Lane, the influence of Wilder's personal politics in her personal voice and her lasting place in children's literature."

Preorders will open in November. The book will be available in spring 2017.

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Two more volumes dedicated to sharing Wilder's publishing journey also are being planned. One slated for publication in 2018 will examine the edited typescripts that came after Wilder's original, handwritten manuscript and will study Rose Wilder Lane as editor. The second volume will utilize manuscript material leading readers directly from Wilder's "Pioneer Girl" texts to her rough draft of "Little House in the Woods."

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