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South Dakota Festival of Books




The South Dakota Humanities Council presents the 16th Annual South Dakota Festival of Books. South Dakota's premier event features more than 60 presenting authors including Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones), Timothy Egan (The Worst Hard Time), Carolyn Fraser (Prairie Fires) and Joseph Marshall III (In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse) who will be participating in readings, lectures, panel discussions and book signings. The Festival also features more than 40 exhibitors and draws more than 5,000 session attendees, with an additional 5,000 students meeting children’s/YA authors and illustrators through school visits. This year's festival theme, "What's True, What's False & What's Important," highlights on public trust and the media featuring authors and journalists providing context on changes in news gathering, delivery, and thinking critically amidst the proliferation of available media. The South Dakota Festival of Books will be held at various locations throughout Brookings and on the campus of South Dakota State University. Several events are free to attend, however, some events do require tickets. Please click here for more information.


Our impact at the Festival of Books increases with volunteer support. Our small staff of six relies on Festival volunteers to support authors, build excitement for presenters, manage background logistics, handle office tasks and greet Festival guests. While volunteers are critical to the Festival's success, volunteering puts you side-by-side with Festival authors and introduces you to other book lovers from around the region. 

If you have a weekend or just a few hours to give, contact us at (605) 688-6715 or email festival@sdhumanities.org

Download the Festival Guide or get a free copy in the mail.

Schedule of Events




Contact: South Dakota Humanities Council
Email: Contact South Dakota Humanities Council
Phone: 605.688.6113

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