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Our Festival schedule sees slight changes each year due to unforeseen circumstances. Author cancellations, event cancellations, author additions and event changes will be listed on this page.

We'll post any last-minute schedule changes from now through the event. Bookmark this page to stay up to date. You can also download the Festival Updates Bulletin PDF, which will be updated as changes occur. 


Added Presenters

  • Joshua Klimek
  • Laura Hovey Neubert

Presenter Cancellations

  • Pete Dexter
  • Jim McLaird
  • Dan O’Brien

Added Events

  • Book Slingers: Libraries in the Wild, Wild West ~ Laura Hovey Neubert ~ Saturday, 12 p.m. ~ Masonic Temple, Main Floor

Event Cancellations 

  • Great Plains Bison: History, Ecology and Symbolism ~ DanO’Brien ~ Saturday, 12 p.m. ~ Masonic Temple, Main Floor
  • Hugh Glass: History vs. Hype ~ Jim McLaird ~ Saturday, 2 p.m. ~ Homestake Adams Research & Cultural Center 
  • Scoundrels and Rogues ~ Pete Dexter & Rob Fleder ~ Saturday, 3 p.m. ~ Deadwood Mountain Grand, Hotel Conference Room 
 

Event Changes

  • Event WAS: Thursday, 5 p.m. ~ What Authors Look Forward to at the Festival ~ Karen Abbott, Sandra Brannan, Pete Dexter, William Kent Krueger ~ Deadwood Welcome Center
  • Event IS NOW: Thursday, 5 p.m. ~What Authors Look Forward to at the Festival ~ Karen Abbott, Sandra Brannan, Denise Kiernan, William Kent Krueger ~ Deadwood Welcome Center

  • Event WAS: Friday, 1:30 p.m. ~ Why the Humanities: Its Role in Restoring Civility to Democracy ~ SDHC Board Members ~ Deadwood Mountain Grand, Hotel Conference Room
  • Event IS NOW: Friday, 1:30 p.m. ~ Why the Humanities: Its Role in Restoring Civility to Democracy ~ SDHC Board Chair Judith Meierhenry & SDHC Board Executive Committee Member Eric Abrahamson ~ Deadwood Mountain Grand, Hotel Conference Room
  • Event WAS: Saturday, 2 p.m. ~ The Festival of Books: A Cultural Icon for Humanities & Arts ~ SDHC Board Member Russell McKnight with SD arts & humanities leaders ~ Deadwood Mountain Grand, Hotel Conference Room
  • Event IS NOW: Saturday, 2 p.m. ~ The Festival of Books: A Cultural Icon for Humanities & Arts ~ SDHC Board Member Russell McKnight with Arts South Dakota Board Chair Brian Bonde, Arts South Dakota Executive Director Jim Speirs and SDHC & Arts South Dakota Board Member Dick Brown ~ Deadwood Mountain Grand, Hotel Conference Room
  • Event WAS: Saturday, 2 p.m. ~ Screening & Discussion: Patchwork on the Prairie ~ Mary Fitzgerald & Stephanie Rissler, SDPB ~ Martin & Mason, 1898 Grand Ballroom
  • Event IS NOW: Saturday, 2 p.m. ~ Points of Pride: South Dakota’s Quilting Heritage~ Mary Fitzgerald & Stephanie Rissler, SDPB ~ Martin & Mason, 1898 Grand Ballroom

  • Event WAS: Saturday, 3 p.m. ~ Connecting with the Criminal in Your Classroom ~ Jim Reese ~ Deadwood Public Library, Main Floor
  • Event IS NOW: Saturday, 3 p.m. ~Connecting with the Criminal in Your Classroom ~ Jim Reese & Joshua Klimek ~ Deadwood Public Library, Main Floor

  • Event WAS: Saturday, 8 p.m. ~ Poetry Readings ~ Dakota Women Writers ~ Deadwood Mountain Grand, Prospector Room
  • Event IS NOW: Saturday, 8 p.m. ~Poetry Readings ~ Women Poets Collective ~ Deadwood Mountain Grand, Prospector Room
  • Event WAS: Sunday, 11 a.m. ~ What’s So Great about Grass? How Writing about the Grasslands Can Help to Protect Them ~ Dan O’Brien & Linda Hasselstrom ~ Deadwood Mountain Grand, Event Center
  • Event IS NOW: Sunday, 11 a.m. ~ What’s So Great about Grass? How Writing about the Grasslands Can Help to Protect Them ~ Linda Hasselstrom ~ Deadwood Mountain Grand, Event Center

Featured in Exhibitors' Hall

Enjoy anniversary cake to celebrate 45 years of the South Dakota Humanities Council and 15 years of the South Dakota Festival of Books! Join us during the Mass Book Signings:

  • Friday, September 22, 3:30-4:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 23, 1-1:45 p.m.

The Exhibitors’ Hall Passport lets you get to know the exhibitors – and gives you access to special deals, like 25% off all purchases at the South Dakota Historical Society Press Booth and 50% off one item at the SDHC Information Booth! Pick up your passport at SDHC Information Booth at the entrance to Exhibitors Hall!

Find your favorites fast! Pick up a diagram of all the exhibitor tables at the SDHC Information Booth at the entrance to Exhibitors Hall!

Deadwood Mountain Grand Directions

Arriving at the Deadwood Mountain Grand

Upon arrival at the Grand, drive straight up Deadwood Mountain Drive to the main entrance and park in the ramp on your left. Once inside the building, walk to your right, passing the casino on your left and the gift shop on your right, until you reach the elevators. These will take you to the hotel lobby, where you’ll find the check-in desk just beyond the large fireplace.

Getting around the Deadwood Mountain Grand

  • Event Center – From main entrance, take stairs, elevator or escalator to second level.
  • Bill’s Backstage Bar – From main entrance, take stairs, elevator or escalator to second level and turn right. The bar area is right next to the stage.
  • Prospector Room – From main entrance, go straight ahead and to your left. The room is just off Santana’s Lounge.
  • Hotel Conference Room – From main entrance, go to your right, past the casino (on your left) and gift shop (on your right), until you reach the elevators (near the coffee kiosk), which will take you to the hotel lobby. Continue through the lobby and past the hotel desk, then turn left and continue down the hall until you reach the conference room.

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