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South Dakota Humanities Council presents the annual South Dakota Festival of Books 

As South Dakota's premier annual literary event, held each fall, the South Dakota Festival of Books draws around 4,000 attendees and showcases more than 50 distinguished authors, scholars, and publishers. Attendees and speakers participate in panels, workshops and readings.

Read about the authors featured at our 2018 event below, and sign up for our e-newsletter to stay up to date on details about the 2019 Festival of Books in Deadwood and Rapid City!

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Amby Burfoot, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Annette Gordon Reed, Linsey Davis, Joseph Marshall III and Leif Enger are featured authors at the 2018 South Dakota Festival of Books.

Some of the featured authors at the 2018 Festival included (from left to right): Amby Burfoot, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Annette Gordon Reed, Linsey Davis, Joseph Marshall III and Leif Enger. 


Featured Presenters 

  • Pulitzer Prize Winners Jacqui Banaszynski ("AIDS in the Heartland," St. Paul Pioneer Press), Timothy Egan ("How Race Is Lived in America," New York Times), Caroline Fraser ("Prairie Fires"), Annette Gordon-Reed ("The Hemingses of Monticello")
  • Fiction Favorites Alice Sebold ("The Lovely Bones" – in partnership with PBS/SDPB's The Great American Read and SDSU's Common Read), Leif Enger ("Virgil Wander"), William Kent Krueger ("Desolation Mountain")
  • Children's/YA Authors Kara LaReau ("The Infamous Ratsos" – 2018 Young Readers One Book South Dakota), Jessie Taken Alive Rencountre ("Pet'a Shows Misun the Light"), Kevin Charles Smith ("Bilge Rat," "Pirate Adventurer")
  • Local Luminaries South Dakota Authors Phyllis Cole-Dai & Ruby Wilson ("Poetry of Presence"), Mike Henriksen ("First Person: Legendary South Dakota Sports Stories"), Rick Holm ("A Guide to Aging and Dying with Grace")
  • Tribal Authors Elizabeth Cook-Lynn ("In Defense of Loose Translations"), Terese Mailhot ("Heart Berries: A Memoir"), Joseph M. Marshall III ("In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse")
  • Plus 14 Media Professionals/Authors, including Andy Boyle, director of Platform Architecture for Axios, and Linsey Davis, Emmy-winning reporter for ABC News