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Download Your Festival of Books Guide

Click below for a free copy of the 2018 South Dakota Festival of Books guide, which includes information about our Brookings and Sioux Falls event, such as author features, event info and much more.  

Download a Free Copy of our Catalog

The 2018 South Dakota Humanities Council Program Catalog is available for download.

Want to book a speaker, check out a set of novels for your book club, or just find out more about our programs like the South Dakota Festival of Books and One Book South Dakota? Click the button below for your free copy.

Thank You For Your Support

Thank you for your continued support of the humanities in South Dakota.

In its comprehensive FY 2019 budget, the Trump administration requested that Congress appropriate approximately $42 million to the National Endowment for the Humanities for "the orderly closure of the agency." To read the NEH's statement, click here

Please visit our advocacy page to find out how you can advocate for the humanities. We'll need your support as we face this next challenge. 



  1. Not many writers have written both Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism pieces and National Book Award-winning books. Timothy Egan has. Continue Reading

  2. It is hard to imagine losing the editorial checks and balances that protect our First Amendment rights, our freedom of information.  Continue Reading

  3. What can be done to once again place American journalism on solid ground? Thomas Patterson's "Informing the News" explores potential solutions. Continue Reading

  4. Alice Sebold has a powerful message to share with readers and fans of her book "The Lovely Bones" when she visits Brookings for the 2018 Festival. Continue Reading

Programs & Events

2:00 pm | Whispering Winds Assisted Living
7:00 pm | Capital University Center
7:00 pm | Old Courthouse Museum
10:00 am | AARP SD State Office
7:00 pm | Capital University Center
6:00 pm | Hot Springs Public Library
12:00 pm | Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center
12:00 pm | Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library

South Dakota Humanities Council

The South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC), founded in 1972 in response to an act of Congress, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and the only cultural organization in the state whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota. Our vision is to "lead statewide advocacy for the humanities, working with other partners to foster literary and civic engagement." This programming vision forms the core mission:

The South Dakota Humanities Council celebrates literature, promotes civil conversation, and tells the stories that define our state.

It’s technology married with liberal arts, humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing.
- Steve Jobs (the late founder and CEO, Apple)