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South Dakota Humanities Council presents the 16th annual

South Dakota Festival of Books
September 20-23, 2018
Brookings and Sioux Falls

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 include (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

2018 Festival Highlights:

  • Young Readers Festival events will take place in Sioux Falls on Thursday, Sept. 20

  • Brookings Festival events will kick off on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 20, with an Author Reception at Woster Celebration Hall in the SDSU Alumni Center.

  • Friday, Sept. 21, will feature author events across campus, including public presentations in the Union and the PAC, as well as Young Readers events at the Children's Museum and K-12 schools.

  • On Saturday, Sept. 22, concurrent events will take place in the Downtown and Central Historic Districts, with venues including the Brookings City County Government Building, the Brookings Public Library, and the Community Life Center at the First United Methodist Church.

  • All weekend, authors will appear at local businesses and events: Summer Miller (New Prairie Kitchen) at Carrot Seed Kitchen Co; Denise DePaolo and Kara Sweet (South Dakota Wines) at Schade Winery; 1968 Boston Marathon winner Amby Burfoot (Run Forever) at the Jack 15

  • The Festival will conclude Sunday, Sept. 23 with a literary brunch at McCrory Gardens.


The 2018 One Book South Dakota is

2018 Programming Initiative, “Democracy and the Informed Citizen”

To complement year-round, statewide programs focusing on public trust and the media, the Festival of Books will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and journalists providing context on changes in news gathering and delivery and discussing “infoliteracy”—thinking critically amidst the proliferation of available media.

2018 One Book South Dakota: "Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism" by Thomas E. Patterson 

SDSU political science graduate and Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at the Harvard Kennedy School Thomas Patterson will present a keynote at the Festival and visit SDSU journalism classes.


Note: Map will be posted as schedule is finalized.